Mothercube for Cubesat-based Synthetic Aperture Radio Telescope

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W91CRB-11-C-0067
Agency Tracking Number: 09SB2-0306
Amount: $1,124,787.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: SB092-016
Solitcitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, -
Duns: 604717165
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Price
 Electrical Engineer
 (617) 500-4837
 mprice@aurora.aero
Business Contact
 Diana Eichfeld
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (703) 396-6329
Email: deichfeld@aurora.aero
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
The miniaturization of satellite technology enables us to do more with less, but it also pressures us to find clever solutions to fundamental problems. We have identified several space missions amenable to fractionated architectures, in which instrumentation and other capabilities are distributed throughout a heterogeneous cluster of satellites. Fractionation techniques promise to lower the cost and improve the responsiveness of space systems, but the formation flying and distributed command and control capabilities needed to implement fractionated architectures have not yet been demonstrated. We propose the design and construction of the Mothercube: a Cubesat-class satellite with several subsystems tailored to fractionated missions. Our modular, reusable Mothercube design pushes forward enabling technologies for fractionation, including high-speed network links and internal buses as well as miniaturized electric propulsion and multicore computing. The satellite will be used to coordinate a flight demonstration of a synthetic aperture radio telescope involving payload satellites to be built under a separate SBIR contract.

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