Simplified Spacecraft Multi-Tap Avionics Bus (M-TAB)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,989.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-06-M-0184
Award Id:
78807
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-277-2036
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
20145 Ashbrook Place, Ashburn, VA, 20147
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
605603984
Principal Investigator:
Dan Pedtke
Principal Investigator
(703) 723-9800
dan.pedtke@aeroastro.com
Business Contact:
Patricia Davis
Vice President, Programs
(703) 723-9800
pat.davis@aeroastro.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
AeroAstro proposes to develop an innovative spacecraft communications and power bus that will solve the complexity and reliability issues identified on the Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) spacecraft. The multi-tap data and power bus (M-TAB) uses a single cable to connect all nodes of the network in a chain which provides for dramatic improvements in: reliability, cost, mass, and integration and testing complexity. M-TAB will be designed to provide redundant high-power and high-bandwidth data connections to all of the spacecraft's subsystems as well as providing an accurate whole spacecraft timing source. AeroAstro intends a spiral development strategy for M-TAB, a near-term solution that will develop a bus architecture that can be implemented quickly with little or no modification to legacy avionic systems, and a far-term solution that will be compatible with the avionics standardization activities such as SPA-U. As part of the Phase I feasibility demonstration, AeroAstro intends to fabricate a laboratory testbed of the M-TAB architecture. This testbed will be the launching point for a more flight-like prototype to be developed in Phase II, one that in form and function will simulate the final M-TAB hardware and software.

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