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An In-situ On-orbit impact damage monitoring system for Space Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-22-P-1198
Agency Tracking Number: FX21S-TCSO1-0363
Amount: $250,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF21S-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X21.S
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-08-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-01-10
Small Business Information
835 Stewart Drive -
Sunnyvale, CA 94085-1111
United States
DUNS: 043688410
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Amrita Kumar
 (408) 745-1188
Business Contact
 Irene Li
Phone: (408) 745-1188
Research Institution
 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
 Andrei Zagrai
801 Leroy PL
Socorro, NM 87801-4664
United States

 (575) 835-5636
 Nonprofit College or University

Space-based assets form the backbone of today’s communication, navigation, and defense industries. Satellites can suffer unexpected damage during their lifetimes from impacts with other vehicles, micrometeoroids, and other space debris. On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM) can vastly expand the performance, availability, resilience, and lifetime of satellite systems compared to the traditional paradigm. In-situ inspection is however needed to ensure that the satellites structural configuration and any need for repair  can be determined in the event of damage or defect. Structural  inspection can evaluate the state of the satellite and whether the mission is a loss or if the problem can be repaired or worked around. In this project, Acellent Technologies in collaboration with New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and supported by Lockheed Martin Space Systems proposes to develop “An In-situ On-orbit impact damage monitoring system for Space Structures” for application to SpaceWERX Orbital Prime.  The system will be developed to ensure its application to on-orbit space structures for structural integrity determination.  An innovative approach will be used to detect external impact events while assessing severity of impact damage. The targeted focus areas will be (1) On-Orbit Object Approach: Approach and rendezvous with the Resident Space Object (RSO), to include space debris, etc., using approach and Rendezvous Proximity Operations (RPO) algorithms including Inspection, Sensing, Characterization and Planning for capture and (2) On-Orbit Object Service: Remediate the RSO by repairing, repositioning, refueling, de-orbiting, reusing or recycling, etc.  Phase I will validate the product-market fit between the SHM system solution and the 'Focus Areas' through a feasibility study that includes system development and demonstration of the SHM system for on orbit usage through impact detection. 

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