High Priority, Large Orbital Debris Remover

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: FA9453-11-C-0195
Agency Tracking Number: N093-223-0700
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-223
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
11 Tech Circle, Natick, MA, -
DUNS: 184629491
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 V. Hruby
 (508) 655-5565
Business Contact
 J. Budny
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (508) 655-5565
Email: judy@busek.com
Research Institution
Busek Co. Inc. proposes to continue the development of a high priority, large orbital debris removing system. The debris remover spacecraft is called ORDER (Orbital Debris Remover). The vehicle design is derived from a general-duty space transport vehicle developed by Busek referred to as the Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS). The OMS is built around a central structure called Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adaptor (ESPA). This general-duty transport has been under development with AFRL SBIR funding and significant investment from United Launch Alliance (ULA). The ORDER spacecraft uses standard interfaces and heavily leverages TRL 9 components and subsystems within the OMS baseline design. During Phase I we have reconfigured the OMS vehicle into the ORDER configurations, defined a concept of operations (CONOPS) for a design reference mission, detailed the ORDER architecture, and identified requirements, interfaces and developed a conceptual design. While the ODRER is focused on disposal of large GEOsats, it can be used for de-orbiting large LEO and MEO debris such as spent upper stages in polar orbits. In Phase II the effort will involve the system design, construction and testing of the following key subsystems: debris grappling mechanism, propulsion system, control and power management systems.

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