Open System of Agile Ground Stations

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$99,547.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX08CD58P
Agency Tracking Number:
075184
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
S4.09
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Espace Inc.
30 Lynn Avenue, Hull, MA, 02045-2216
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
036475218
Principal Investigator
 François Martel
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 925-3893
 fm@space.mit.edu
Business Contact
 François Martel
Title: Business Official
Phone: (781) 925-3893
Email: fm@space.mit.edu
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
There is an opportunity to build the HETE-2/TESS network of ground stations into an innovative and powerful Open System of Agile Stations, by developing a low-cost reconfigurable system based on the new commercial Software Designed Radios (SDR), and by establishing an internet based access system. We propose to develop a prototype core of the SDR ground station with open source hardware and software and test the prototype for reliability and performance in realistic space-to-ground link simulations, with real time switch between set of communication parameters. We'll conduct a feasibility/performance trade-off analysis, to assess the possibility of, and plan, the establishment of an experimental/operational Open System of Agile Stations using the HETE-2/TESS system to be completed within the SBIR Phase II program. The expected RF flexibility and internet-based operations of the time-shared stations will enable and facilitate the development and operations of microsat missions.

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