Modular Cubesat Architectures and Components

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,782.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9453-11-C-0182
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-088-2517
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF093-088
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
11118 Quail Pass, San Antonio, TX, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
601975803
Principal Investigator:
Geoff Crowley
President
(210) 834-3475
gcrowley@astraspace.net
Business Contact:
Geoff Crowley
President
(210) 834-3475
gcrowley@astraspace.net
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
ABSTRACT: As the Air Force moves toward the deployment of CubeSats and the need for responsive launches, operational Plug-and-Play instruments to monitor the space environment become necessary. The goal of Phase-II is to develop and deliver a prototype for a new UV remote sensing instrument for ionospheric measurements that are relevant to Space Situational Awareness, and the IORD-II requirements. The instrument will be PnP compatible, and substantial PnP development is required for this application, building on Phase-I experience. While the prototype will use an existing scan mechanism that is larger and heavier than necessary, later generations of the instrument will easily fit in a 3U CubeSat. The project represents advances in PnP technology, the TRL of components including scan mechanism, UV photometer, and Rad-hard ASIMs. It also improves on existing AF capabilities for measuring the nightside ionosphere. BENEFIT: While the prototype will use an existing scan mechanism that is larger and heavier than necessary, later generations of the instrument will easily fit in a 3U CubeSat. The new instrument will be much less expensive and will be a factor of ten smaller in Size, Weight, Power, and Cost than the existing DMSP imagers. The new instrument will perform nightside ionospheric imaging with a field of regard similar to the existing DMSP imagers, but with much higher signal to noise ratio. Thus the new instrument will extend the latitudinal range of useful ionospheric measurements beyond the Equatorial Ionospheric Anomaly (EIA) region. The instrument will image the background ionosphere, ionospheric irregularities and the aurora, and provides TEC below the satellite. Numerous commercial and government applications of the technology are described.

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