Autonomous Cryogenic Propellent Depot Design

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$69,942.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NAS8-01172
Agency Tracking Number:
013621
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Michigan Aerospace Corporation
1050 Highland Drive, Suite E, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Peter Tchoryk,
 Director of Business Developme
 (734) 975-8777
 ptchoryk@michiganaerospace.com
Business Contact
 Carl Nardell
Title: Vice President
Phone: (734) 975-8777
Email: cnardell@michiganaerospace.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The cost of building and launching satellites limits the number of assets that can be placed in orbit. This makes it critical for the asset to have as long a lifetime as possible to reduce the replacement rate. A propellent depot has become an integral part of most plans for providing on-orbit refueling. The effort proposed here is for an analysis of several very promising fluid storage, transfer and management techniques as well as the autonomous requirements involved with operating a cryogenic propellent depot on orbit. Based on this analysis, a conceptual design for an autonomous cryogenic fluid storage and transfer system will be generated along with a development and testing plan for Phase II. The advantages of an on-orbit propellant depot have been identified, most recently for the Orbital Express program. For example, there is a growing requirement to give satellites the ability to maneuver to new orbits on a regular basis. The ability of a satellite to change orbits on a regular basis makes it less vulnerable to attack, allows it to be repositioned to observe new crisis areas, and reduces the need for multiple-satellite constellations to provide global coverage.

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