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

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CB64C
Agency Tracking Number: 080095
Amount: $599,997.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: T6.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Austin Satellite Design
4104 Aqua Verde Drive, Austin, TX, 78746-1017
DUNS: 828234745
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Glenn Lightsey
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 663-3069
 glightsey12@gmail.com
Business Contact
 Glenn Lightsey
Title: Business Official
Phone: (512) 512-3069
Email: glightsey12@gmail.com
Research Institution
 The University of Texas at Austin
 Courtney Swaney
 Office of Sponsored Projects, P.O. Box 7727
Austin, TX, 78713
 (512) 471-1422
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
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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