A SMART Lego system for Space Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-06-M-0177
Agency Tracking Number: F061-273-4334
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-273
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
155C-3 Moffett Park Drive, Sunnyvale, CA, 94089
DUNS: 043688410
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Shawn Beard
 Chief Technology Officer
 (408) 745-1188
Business Contact
 Amrita Kumar
Title: Director Business Development
Phone: (408) 745-1188
Email: akumar@acellent.com
Research Institution
Acellent Technologies proposes to develop a modular plug-and-play system for satellite panel pattern recognition and structural integrity determination. The SMART Lego system will be designed to meet the challenges of the plug-and-play structures program namely (1) Allow for efficient transfer of information between panels and components, (2) Manufacturing methods to efficiently embed additional functionality within the structural members and (3) Design a system for transmission of information between panels while allowing for geometric and configuration flexibility. The developed system will be extremely portable and will conform to structures of varied geometries and configurations. The development of the system will be based on Acellent’s SMART layer technology that utilizes a network of miniature sensors and actuators in order to determine the integrity of metal and composite structures in real-time. The system can be used to (1) detect whether two or more panels are connected in the right way, (2) determine if the right panels are connected together, (3) assess the structural integrity of the panels in real-time and (4) rapidly assess structural integrity of satellite panels and components prior to launch.

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