Small Probes for Orbital Return of Experiments (SPORE)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CI03P
Agency Tracking Number: 100044
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T1.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-02-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-02-18
Small Business Information
MA, Cambridge, MA, 02142-1189
DUNS: 604717165
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Spencer
 Principal Investigator
 (404) 385-7641
Business Contact
 Scott Hart
Title: Financial Analyst
Phone: (617) 500-0536
Research Institution
 Georgia Institute of Technology Center for Space Systems
 Paul Hart
 620 Cherry Street NW
Atlanta, GA, 30332-0150
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 Nonprofit college or university
Analogous to the CubeSat standardization of micro-satellites, the SPORE flight system architecture will utilize a modular design approach to provide low-cost on-orbit operation and recovery of small payloads. The Phase 1 investigation will evaluate a scalable flight system architecture consisting of a service module for on-orbit operations and deorbit maneuvering, and an entry vehicle to perform entry, descent and landing (EDL). The design space for the SPORE system architecture is shown in Figure 1. Flight system designs capable of accommodating payload volumes ranging from 1-unit (1U) dimensions of 10x10x10 cm to 4U dimensions of 20x20x20 cm will be investigated. The proposed system will be capable of flight operations and return from low-Earth orbit (LEO) and geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). The SPORE design can be launched as a primary or secondary payload into LEO or GTO, or it can be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS).

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