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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$733,377.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
F29601-02-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number:
011NM-1591
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Aeroastro, Inc.
520 Huntmar Park Drive, Herndon, VA, 20170
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
605603984
Principal Investigator:
Robert Minelli
Principal Investigator
(703) 709-2240
bob.minelli@aeroastro.com
Business Contact:
Peter Goldberg
Director of Operations
(703) 709-2240
peter@aeroastro.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
"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."

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government