F6-CAPSat: A Picosat for System F6 Adjunct Interfacing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$149,928.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-13-C-0138
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
D131-008-0042
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB131-008
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
6411 Ivy Lane, Suite 303, Greenbelt, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101537046
Principal Investigator:
Frank Bauer
Vice President
(301) 345-1535
frank.bauer@emergentspace.com
Business Contact:
Everett Cary
Vice President
(301) 345-1535
everett.cary@emergentspace.com
Research Institute:
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Abstract
Resources available through the System F6 cluster can greatly simplify a participating spacecraft"s design. Our proposal encompasses three innovations: (1) Common Application for Sensorcraft Missions (CASM), an application that will be installed on the System F6 cluster to manage the picosat/cluster interface; (2) Sensorcraft Application INTerface (SAInt), a common interface for connecting picosat sensors, imagers, and other representative payloads to the cluster capabilities via the System F6 communications link; and (3) F6 Common Application Pico Satellite (F6-CAPSat), a picosat with limited onboard capability that will demonstrate CASM and SAInt. CASM is a general application developed using the F6 Flight Development Kit standards that receives and routes ground commands and satellite data, operating on them or passing them to existing F6 functions as required to allow high-cost communications and data processing functions to be performed by the System F6 core cluster rather than the adjunct spacecraft. SAInt acts as a low-level data router on the adjunct spacecraft, minimizing required capability for the sensorcraft. F6-CAPSSat uses SAInt and CASM to access and exploit System F6 cluster resources -- namely ground communications and navigation capabilities -- and complete robust mission objectives that today require much larger and more complex satellites.

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