Automated Rendezvous and Docking Infrastructure to Support Commercial Space Development

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNM05AA31C
Agency Tracking Number: 041840
Amount: $68,447.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: B4.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2525 Bay Area Blvd., Suite 460, Houston, TX, 77058-1572
DUNS: 140730305
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Strack
 Principal Investigator
 (281) 488-7953
Business Contact
 David Strack
Title: President
Phone: (281) 488-7953
Research Institution
NASA's safety mandate for crewed and high value spacecraft currently necessitates design requirements that create a cost barrier for commercial companies trying to provide on-orbit logistics services for NASA. The proposed innovation offers a means to facilitate commercial involvement in on-orbit servicing by developing a spacecraft that removes this burden from commercial vehicles. The spacecraft will: ? Perform automated rendezvous and capture to ferry commercial spacecraft to target spacecraft ? Provide a safe interface between simple, low cost, commercial spacecraft and high value targets (ISS, CEV, Lunar Lander, propellant depot, or high value satellites) This will serve as key infrastructure element to enable emerging commercial space companies and other developers of low cost systems to play significant roles in NASA's Exploration program and/or ISS re-supply activities. This infrastructure will: ? Prevent restrictive and extremely expensive fault tolerance, safety, and Human Rating requirements from being levied on the commercial vehicles, ? Remove the need for commercial vehicles to design, develop, and test independent automated rendezvous and docking (AR&D) systems, ? Reduce the amount of expensive AR&D and safety related hardware launched and discarded on each flight, and ? Reduce the cost of integrating each spacecraft through standardized interfaces.

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