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Ultraprecision Pointing Accuracy for SmallSat/CubeSat Attitude Control Systems

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX14CG36P
Agency Tracking Number: 144955
Amount: $124,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.05
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-06-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-12-19
Small Business Information
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Williamsport, PA 17701-1251
United States
DUNS: 028856420
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Gregory Bower
 Principal Investigator
 (570) 322-2700
 gbower@qortek.com
Business Contact
 Cathy Bower
Title: Business Official
Phone: (570) 322-2700
Email: cbrooke@qortek.com
Research Institution
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Abstract

The primary objective of the Phase I investigation is to develop and demonstrate an innovative solution that can enable very high precision pointing accuracy (<0.08 degree nominal; <0.03 degree extended goal) at fast slew rates; providing part of a advanced Smallsat/CubeSat precision attitude determination and control system (PADCS) that can meet emerging very stringent missions requirements. The Phase I program aim is to design and fabricate initial prototype hardware, including power electronics and Reaction Wheel Assembly (RWA) modifications as to demonstrating such positional accuracy capability, power cost (peak and average power consumption), slew rates and mass/volume cost of the new solution. A critical objective of Phase I will be to develop at the decoupled control architecture for the new multi-stage Attitude Control System ACS controller that will be modeled, simulated, and then converted to hardware prototype for Phase I assessments. This goal is to integrate this prototype controller into a multi-stage (ACS) design hardware emulation testbed and evaluate actual performance before conclusion of the program.

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