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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,695.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F29601-01-C-0129
Award Id:
52283
Agency Tracking Number:
011NM-1591
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
520 Huntmar Park Drive, Herndon, VA, 20170
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
605603984
Principal Investigator:
Joel Pedlikin
Senior Engineer
() -
joel@aeroastro.com
Business Contact:
David Goldstein
VP, Business Development
(617) 451-8630
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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