Modular, Self-Contained Data Acquisition, Optical Metrology, and Control System for Flight Payloads

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-04-C-0028
Agency Tracking Number: F031-2248
Amount: $1,498,710.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-029
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
PLANNING SYSTEMS, INC.
12030 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 400, Reston Plaz, Reston, VA, 20191
DUNS: 072651391
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dan Cohen
 (505) 242-7840
 dan.cohen@plansys.com
Business Contact
 Paul Banas
Phone: (985) 639-3529
Email: pbanas@psislidell.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The increasing emphasis on using smaller satellites for space experiments, technology demonstration, and operational systems by DoD, NASA, and private industry has given rise to increasing standardization of small-sat components and systems, resulting in reduced costs and acquisition time. However, because of inevitable trades between resources and capability, there remains a strong need for standardized architecture for implementing experiments requiring high computational and data acquisition throughput. Further, because there is frequently a need to integrate several experiments on a single satellite, modularization allows individual teams to develop its functions with less impact and reduced risk than for a highly-integrated experiment. In Phase I, we defined a modularized architecture for a payload computer and data acquisition/control system. In Phase II, we will develop enabling technologies, together with systems engineering capabilities, that will make possible the demonstration of satellites having transformational capabilities in a small-sat package and at a small-sat price. Our initial products are a precision optical metrology sensor for space and a networked data acquisition system. To assess the feasibility of the architecture, we will optimize the design for AFRL's Deployable Structures Experiment space flight experiment.

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