Guidance, Navigation, and Control System for Maneuverable Pico-Satellites

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,997.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX10CB64C
Award Id:
90864
Agency Tracking Number:
080095
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
T6
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4104 Aqua Verde Drive, Austin, TX, 78746
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
828234745
Principal Investigator:
Glenn Lightsey
Principal Investigator
(512) 663-3069
glightsey12@gmail.com
Business Contact:
Glenn Lightsey
Business Official
(512) 512-3069
Research Institution:
The University of Texas at Austin

Office of Sponsored Projects, P.O. Box 7727
Austin, TX, 78713
(512) 471-1422
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Pico-satellites are an emerging new class of spacecraft. Maneuverable pico-satellites require active guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) systems to perform coordinated tasks such as formation flying and automated rendezvous and docking. A compact, low power GN&C system will be fabricated and tested for use on pico-satellites. The proposed design provides 6 degrees-of-freedom (DOF) translation and rotation control in less than 25% of a 3-Unit CubeSat or 3 DOF rotation only control in less than one half a standard Cubesat volume. During Phase 2, flight components will be procured, integrated, and tested as a single embedded system and delivered as a flight unit for environmental qualification and in-orbit demonstration on a suitable pico-satellite flight opportunity. The technology is expected to reach TRL 6 by the conclusion of Phase 2.

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