Autonomous Satellite Servicing to Increase Effective Mission Life

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,861.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F29601-01-C-0134
Award Id:
52286
Agency Tracking Number:
011NM-2064
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
33 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ, 08542
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
805686870
Principal Investigator:
Margarita Brito
Engineer
(505) 846-4287
megui@psatellite.com
Business Contact:
Michael Paluszek
President
(609) 279-9606
map@psatellite.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
There is a growing interest in autonomous on-orbit servicing of satellites among military and commercial segments. Autonomous on-orbit servicing can increase mission flexibility and mission life. Additionaly, there is a potential for reductions in lifecycle cost. This proposal is for a novel robotics vision based autonomous rendezvous and docking system for military and commercial satellites. The Satellite Servicing Vehicle (SSV) is capable of docking with both cooperative and uncooperative targets.When the target is cooperative, the system uses an intersatellite link (ISL) to facilitate coordination between the two vehicles. Additionally, the SSV is capable of inspecting the target satellite by using the vision system used for docking. Thesoftware architecture is based on the PSS ObjectAgent agent-based distributed control software architecture.Increase mission flexibility, increased mission life and reduced life cycle costs.

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