Automation of Satellite On-orbit Checkout and Calibration Process

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-12-M-0371
Agency Tracking Number: F121-087-1926
Amount: $149,909.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: AF121-087
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
3885 Research Park Dr, Ann Arbor, MI, -
DUNS: 197187602
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Glenn Beach
 Sr Research Engineer
 (734) 668-2567
Business Contact
 Charles Jacobus
Title: President
Phone: (734) 668-2567
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Today"s Air Force satellites require a time intensive on-orbit checkout process before placing the satellite into operation. The length of time depends on the specific payload on the satellite, but can last from weeks to months. In particular, the calibration of imaging sensor payloads can be very time consuming and require complex methodologies to complete. The Air Force desires a system to perform autonomous sensor calibration and satellite bus checkout in much less time than the current manual process. Cybernet proposes to leverage our past experience in both software and hardware automation, machine learning, and satellite systems to develop the automated satellite checkout process. BENEFIT: The proposed technology will meet the Air Force"s need to increase the speed at which satellite calibration and checkout can be performed. This capability will also be of interest to other agencies, such as NASA. The overall technology directly supports Cybernet"s automation business area and will be leveraged to enhance products and services for our current customer base.

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