Telerobotic Satellite Servicing for Space System Life Extension and Performance Enhancement

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$69,985.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNM06AA50C
Agency Tracking Number:
053818
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
X14.01
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AeroAstro, Inc.
20145 Ashbrook Place, Ashburn, VA, 20147-3373
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
605603984
Principal Investigator
 Brook Sullivan
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 723-9800
 brook.sullivan@aeroastro.com
Business Contact
 Kimberly Kohlhepp
Title: Business Official
Phone: (617) 451-8630
Email: kim@aeroastro.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
By examining the occurrence rates and types of actual on-orbit failures, a failure servicing industry can be projected. Similarly, by examining the lifetimes of working or recently retired spacecraft, a lifetime extension servicing market can be characterized. By examining actual historic servicing opportunities and combining this information with consideration of operational uncertainties, it is possible to define a set of servicers that range from low to high in mass, required servicing capability, lifetime risk to the serviced spacecraft, and potential economic return. This knowledge in turn will show how a set of increasingly capable servicers can establish an economically viable on-orbit telerobotic satellite servicing industry. Development of servicer design requirements will serve to identify key technologies. The applicability of these commercial capabilities to Exploration related assets and missions will also be examined.

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