Satellite Modular and Reconfigurable Thermal System - SMARTS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-07-M-0132
Agency Tracking Number: F071-294-1540
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-294
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212, Annapolis, MD, 21401
DUNS: 153908801
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Walter Zimbeck
 Program Manager
 (410) 987-8988
Business Contact
 Sharon Fehrenbacher
Title: CEO
Phone: (410) 224-3710
Research Institution
To achieve the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) goal of a "six-day" satellite, the traditional flight thermal design paradigm must be fundamentally changed. A drastically simpler paradigm must emerge that uses elemental (COTS-like) thermal control modules that can be rapidly and reliably linked to enable a wide range of missions irrespective of the satellite and the orbital environment. This proposal describes a generalized thermal control architecture consistent with smallsats that need to be conceived, configured, launched, and brought on-line very quickly. Our proposed architecture is called the Satellite Modular And Reconfigurable Thermal System (SMARTS). The Phase I effort will assess the requirements, select component options and develop an analytical methodology for evaluating thermal elements are preferred for different missions. Non-functional subscale models of SMARTS will be built and their rapid configurability demonstrated in Phase I.

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