Self-Contained Deorbit Package for Spacecraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R056
Agency Tracking Number: 03SB2-0650
Amount: $98,875.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: SB032-052
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 605603984
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott McDermott
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 723-9800
Business Contact
 Mike Conley
Title: VP, Programs
Phone: (703) 723-9800
Research Institution
There was a time when the calculated probability that a Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) spacecraft might be struck by space debris was relatively small. Today that is not the case. With the quantity of debris presently in orbit, a spacecraft remaining in LEO for any appreciable length of time will be struck by space debris, most likely several times. At best the impact will simply puncture a non-essential piece of structure or perhaps degrade a solar array slightly; at worst it will cause a catastrophic failure of the spacecraft and generate additional debris. AeroAstro's solution is a robust, self-contained deorbiting aerobrake which will retire a space asset at the end of its useful lifetime. The Aerobrake Deorbiting System (ADS) would be attached before launch or on orbit to decommission a target spacecraft. In this Phase I effort, AeroAstro proposes to develop a conceptual design for a complete ADS including the aerobrake and other requisite systems.

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