Active Thermal Tile (ATT) System for Operationally Responsive Space

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-12-C-0071
Agency Tracking Number: F103-107-1504
Amount: $694,567.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-107
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Belcher
 Aerospace Group Manager
 (781) 890-1338
Business Contact
 Andrea Hicks
Title: Contracts Supervisor
Phone: (937) 429-9008
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) is a key military capability aimed at enabling strategic and tactical use of space. To achieve these objectives, the design, assembly and deployment of unmanned spacecraft supporting DoD space missions must be radically overhauled to resemble a modular production and integration process. One significant focus of the current ORS need is to address thermal management systems. In this Air Force Phase II SBIR, IST proposes the continued development and validation of a reconfigurable, versatile and rapidly installable thermal control system (TCS). IST"s active thermal tile (ATT) TCS is designed to be highly compatible with current and future ORS platforms, has built-in failsafe electronics, is robust to launch conditions, and efficiently and effectively performs thermal transfer. Not only will the ATT system meet the operational and performance requirements set forth by the ORS office, it will eliminate the need for specific thermal analysis and design of each component interface, in-series development with other systems, design of unique spacecraft-level TCS, and detail verification. The proposed Phase II effort will focus on completion of the IST ATT system such that cost, form factor and architecture versatility for the ORS mission are optimized. BENEFIT: The ATT technology represents a fundamental building block for future DOD small tactical satellites, whose use is expected to increase drastically in coming years as the US military moves towards more responsive and/or expendable space assets. The ATT system is also applicable to traditional military and commercial satellites as well as"lean"satellites, or, satellites which embody a semi-modular design. Terrestrial applications for the ATT system are numerous and include power electronics, solar thermal energy conversion and consumer electronics.

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