Flexible and Extensible Bus for Small Satellites (FEBSS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$1,249,140.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9453-04-C-0218
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-0633
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF03-029
Solicitation Number:
2003.1
Small Business Information
AEROASTRO, INC.
20145 Ashbrook Place, Ashburn, VA, 20147
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
605603984
Principal Investigator
 Scott McDermott
 (703) 723-9800
 scott.mcdermott@aeroastro.com
Business Contact
 Pat Davis
Phone: (703) 723-9800
Email: pat.davis@aeroastro.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
For the past several years, AeroAstro has been unifying the results of its SBIR efforts into a central thrust to once and for all bring the cost of spacecraft buses below one million dollars. This has resulted in a modular stackable spacecraft system; the Plug'n'Sense software architecture standard which allows spacecraft subsystems to interact without a great deal of custom hardware or software; the Universal Small Payload Interface to make launch vehicle integration more transparent; and finally, the Flexible Extensible Bus for Small Satellites. The interface standards and the modular spacecraft design directly support the Responsive Space initiative, creating a spacecraft system with a fast-turnaround and one that is achievable at low-cost. The opportunity of FEBSS Phase II is to clear the final technical hurdle needed before a mission can take place: the creation of a set of core modules, solar power, batteries, and communications (with the Arbiter, the "Command & Data Handling" of the architecture). With just these modules a basic spacecraft bus can be assembled and flown. It is anticipated that in a Phase III effort a passive-ACS-type microsatellite mission could realistically be performed using only the three module types developed here.

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