Open System of Agile Ground Stations

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$590,165.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX09CB56C
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
Business Official
(781) 925-3893
fm@space.mit.edu
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Phase I effort demonstrated, through actual development and tests with a spacecraft system, the technical and programmatic feasibility of developing, within the SBIR phase II program, the prototype of an innovative and low-cost Open System of Agile Ground Stations using the new commercial Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology. The prototype agile stations will operate in a wide band used by NASA and other science and technology satellites and will be able to switch between communications frequencies, modes and data protocols, in real time, to service multiple satellites. The stations will be remotely programmable to store portfolios of satellite applications, and will switch between applications on demand from the largely automatized Ground Station Management and Maintenance Center (GSMMC). Multiple station sites will provide a high level of back-up capability and link opportunities at up to 3.5Mbits/s and will eliminate down-times. The GSMMC will interface with the different satellite Mission Operation Centers, and oversee the scheduling and programming of the station system. The prototype system will be implemented on the existing HETE-2 network of three stations, opening that system to service multiple missions at very low cost, while significantly enhancing its capabilities and performance.

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