A Modular Satellite Bus Architecture to Enable Rapid Configuration and On-Orbit Servicing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F29601-01-C-0129
Agency Tracking Number: 011NM-1591
Amount: $99,695.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
520 Huntmar Park Drive, Herndon, VA, 20170
DUNS: 605603984
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joel Pedlikin
 Senior Engineer
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 joel@aeroastro.com
Business Contact
 David Goldstein
Title: VP, Business Development
Phone: (617) 451-8630
Email: david@aeroastro.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Future satellite architectures must readily support the on-orbit maintenance and servicing that is vital for maintaining and dynamically reconfiguring both commercial and military satellites during orbital operation. A well-founded architectural designmust also address the need to reduce costs associated with satellite development, fabrication, and operation; improve flexibility in response to mission needs; improve modularity; and enhance survivability. The advent of satellite clusters andconstellations for communications and reconnaissance purposes places a premium on microsatellites that are small (multiple vehicles per launch), low cost, easily (and dynamically) reconfigurable, on-orbit serviceable, and simple to manufacture in quantity.To solve the problems related to on-orbit servicing, dynamic reconfiguration, and manufacturing, AeroAstro proposes to investigate during Phase I a satellite bus architecture that features modular mechanical and electrical elements coupled withstandardized, non-proprietary interfaces and protocols. When applied to microsatellites, this design will result in a highly capable, reconfigurable, and serviceable spacecraft that is built around a set of extruded metal

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