Nanosatellite Sensor Suite

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R100
Agency Tracking Number: 03SB2-0635
Amount: $98,819.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: SB032-051
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
101 West Sixth Street, Suite 200, Austin, TX, 78701
DUNS: 161214242
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brad Sallee
 Principal Engineer
 (512) 479-7732
Business Contact
 Jean Lang
Title: Contracts Director
Phone: (512) 691-8181
Research Institution
A full 6 Degree of Freedom (D0F) control system for Nanosatellites would expand the functionality and potential uses of these small vehicles. This same technology can be used in the controlled deployment of targets and countermeasures for the MDA programs. The key component in a Nanosatellite 6 DOF control system is an earth referenced 6 DOF sensor suite. This allows long term, accurate pointing in addition to short-term high-speed maneuver sensing capability. Systems & Processes Engineering Corporation (SPEC) proposes to demonstrate an earth referenced 6 DOF sensor suite, combining their existing miniature 6 DOF high-speed data acquisition sensor system with a sensor concept developed for use on station keeping Satellite countermeasures. The result is a 3.75 cubic inch, low power dissipation, suite of sensors capable of short term, high speed lock down, inertial space positioning accuracy within 1 meter, and long term, zero drift, angular orientation to .3 degrees. The package uses MEMS accelerometers and a digital compass combined with GPS and uncooled 4Ĉ earth horizon sensing.

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