Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 27902
Amount: $79,257.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
520 Huntmar Park Dr., Suite, 100a, Herndon, VA, 22070
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Dynes
 (703) 709-2240
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
Construction of a very small (~1 kg) satellite bus compatible with the requirements of a 3 axis controlled satellite mission is presently technically feasible. Such systems have been discussed, but none have been realized yet because of technology and cost considerations. Such a satellite would have enormous commercial potential in applications including communications and remote sensing both because its launch cost as a piggyback is negligible, and the highly integrated, commercial style of construction similar to portable CD players and cellular phones, allows recurring cost 1% to 5% of existing low cost, miniature satellites. By applying innovative design and development methods which have already been proven in the commercial sector and available technology, such a system is now feasible, and can be constructed with recurring costs well under $100,000. This system would provide the capabilities of a satellite bus, including power production and storage, processing, data storage, communications, and attitude determination and control.

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