Multifunctional Programmable Structure (IPS) for a Modular Satellite Architecture

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-06-M-0175
Agency Tracking Number: F061-273-2118
Amount: $99,971.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-273
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Will Hafer
 Staff Engineer
 (781) 890-1338
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Research Institution
The DOD’s Operationally Responsive Space paradigm calls for ambitiously reducing the time required to design, fabricate and deploy a satellite to days or even hours, from the current requirement of months or years. This timeline will require modular satellite structures available on site that support plug-n-play integration with payload components. Infoscitex proposes a multi-functional structural panel with programmable electronic and thermal management capabilities. A light-weight, carbon fiber composite core structure offers structural integrity and acts to efficiently conduct heat away from thermally-controlled payloads. An innovative heat spreading technology is applied over the core, allowing it to act as either an insulator or a heat sink via real-time electronic control. This feature allows the proposed panel to provide appropriate thermal control to many payloads with disparate cooling requirements. The integrated panel supports intra-panel wiring and component interface ports compatible with emerging designs for a programmable wiring harness. During Phase I the project team will evaluate preliminary concepts through modeling and analysis, optimize the design of an individual standardized panel, define inter-panel interfaces, and demonstrate feasibility of a multi-panel structure. The Phase I objective will be to develop an optimum panel design that can be prototyped and demonstrated during the Phase II.

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