A SMART Lego system for Space Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-07-C-0076
Agency Tracking Number: F061-273-4334
Amount: $722,522.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
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
 Robert Hannum
 Project Manager
 (408) 745-7924
Business Contact
 Amrita Kumar
Title: Director, Business Develo
Phone: (408) 745-1188
Email: akumar@acellent.com
Research Institution
Acellent Technologies proposes to develop a modular plug-and-play SMART Lego SHM system to obtain real-time information for panel identification and damage detection in satellite panels during storage, upon assembly and prior to launch. This will potentially enable development of low cost, plug-and-play (PnP) satellite structures to provide an Operational Responsive Space (ORS) capability for the Air Force. Phase I focused on establishing feasibility of the system development. The Phase II program is designed to meet the challenges of the plug-and-play structures program to design, fabricate and test a practical working prototype of the SMART Lego SHM system taking into account, (1) Anticipated PnP satellite construction and assembly procedures, (2) Possible elimination of many existing satellite pre-launch test requirements and (3) Practical issues for implementation on a PnP satellite. Additionally Phase II will demonstrate the use of the SHM system to provide satellite on-orbit situational awareness information, such as (1) Impact and damage from orbital debris and micrometeoroids, (2) System identification to assess changes in satellite structural vibration modes resulting from damage incurred during launch, particle impacts, or attack and (3) Attack from laser scintillation or parasites.

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