Flexible and Extensible Bus for Small Satellites (FEBSS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F29601-03-M-0151
Agency Tracking Number: F031-0633
Amount: $99,956.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
20145 Ashbrook Place, Ashburn, VA, 20147
DUNS: 605603984
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Glen Cameron
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 723-9800
Business Contact
 Mike Conley
Title: Vice President, Programs
Phone: (703) 723-9800
Email: mike.conley@aeroastro.com
Research Institution
Numerous organization in the US space community have expressed interest in using small satellites to perform space experiments, technology demonstrations, testing of prototype hardware and software, and the fielding of revolutionary systems such assatellite constellations. Unfortunately, the lack of a standardized, low-cost, small satellite bus architecture has and will limit our ability to advance the state of the art in space systems and components. To solve this problem AeroAstro proposes todevelop FEBSS (Flexible and Extensible Bus for Small Satellites) a complete, low-cost, modular, bus architecture for small satellites (e.g., 10kg class University Nanosatellite). FEBSS modularity will allow the satellite developer to select only thosecomponents necessary to meet the mission requirements. It will provide an 'auto-sense plug-and-play' connectivity both between the payload and the bus and between each bus subsystem. The FEBSS subsystems will be couched in a modular, standardized, openarchitecture framework that will significantly reduce overall development time, technical risk, and total cost. It is anticipated that the non-proprietary open architecture concept will benefit satellite developers because it provides them with choiceswhen it comes to specific subsystem module selection - modules will be available from different manufactures with differing levels of performance and price. The FEBSS concept will significantly reduce the cost, complexity, and development time required toassemble a small satellite bus to meet a satellite developer's mission requirements. It is anticipated that individuals and organizations across the US space community will benefit from FEBSS because it will facilitate getting to space more quickly,easily, and economically. Microspace has been and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. AeroAstro believes that FEBSS has tremendous commercial potential and intends to actively pursue all opportunities.

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