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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F29601-02-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number: 011NM-1591
Amount: $733,377.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
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
 Robert Minelli
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 709-2240
Business Contact
 Peter Goldberg
Title: Director of Operations
Phone: (703) 709-2240
Email: peter@aeroastro.com
Research Institution
"A modular satellite platform that is capable of achieving rapid, easily configurable and low cost mission objectives has been a goal of the space industry for many years. The ability to design a flexible modular spacecraft platform that can supportmultiple mission variations can achieve the following results:¿ Reduced integration and testing time¿ Accommodate a wide range of payload/avionics modules¿ Reduced non recurring costs¿ Improved quality and product consistencyAeroAstro has explored the feasibility of a modular building block concept with their SBIR Phase I SpaceFrame effort. This work has demonstrated the feasibility of using a building block approach to achieve spacecraft modular platform design objectives.A modular platform design will be used on AeroAstro's SPORT (Small payload Orbit Transfer) Vehicle. The SPORT vehicle will benefit from the versatility offered by the SpaceFrame block approach, and will demonstrate the commercial viability of thistechnology."

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