Smart Escort Microsatellite: A Modular Solution for On-Orbit Rendezvous and Inspection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: DAAH0103CR068
Agency Tracking Number: 02SB2-0396
Amount: $98,832.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Aeroastro, Inc.
20145 Ashbrook Place, Ashburn, VA, 20147
Duns: 605603984
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dan Cohen
 Program Manager
 (617) 451-8630
 dan.cohen@aeroastro.com
Business Contact
 Robert Meurer
Title: Space Systems Business Di
Phone: (703) 723-9800
Email: bob.meurer@aeroastro.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"AeroAstro proposes to develop a scaleable architecture for a low cost, rapid response Smart Escort Microsatellite inspection and servicing system that will support the needs of the United States military's current and planned space assets, while workingwithin the constraints of the RASCAL program. Instead of competing with other, large infrastructure on orbit servicing programs, this effort will support them by adding an otherwise deficient service layer of functionality and capability to complementtheir own missions. The overall objective of this program is to design a candidate Smart Escort Microsatellite architecture that can be launched on the RASCAL system, can transfer from an initial to a target orbit, is capable of proximity maneuvers aroundspace asset, and provide investigation, logistics, or potential counterintelligence and tactical capability to the United States military. Within these overarching goals, the program seeks to fill in the gaps of existing development by focusing on thelaunch vehicle compatibility and orbit transfer aspects of a logistics servicing mission, as well as the assessment of viable payloads and mission concepts that could be levied upon a SEM. Small Escort Microsatellite technology has a variety of potentialcustomers, both government and commercial. Government customers could use the SEM for a number of different applications; satellite failure diagnostics, standoff SIGINT and ELINT analysis on u

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