Autonomous Flight Termination & Satellite Based Telemetry System for Launch Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$725,372.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9453-07-C-0049
Award Id:
79016
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-270-3452
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6303 Ivy Lane, Suite 130, Greenbelt, MD, 20770
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
615335937
Principal Investigator:
RogerZoerner
Principal Investigator
(321) 861-2960
roger.zoerner-1@ksc.nasa.gov
Business Contact:
DonalFinnegan
President
(301) 837-9065
donald.finnegan@asrcrts.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This Phase II project demonstrates the feasibility of developing a Space-based Autonomous Flight Termination and Telemetry System (SAFTTS) for use with launch vehicles and other avionics/weapons platforms through developing and building a proof-of-concept prototype. The objective for developing SAFTTS is to support the Air Force's objective of Operationally Responsive Space through demonstrating technologies that reduce significantly the cost and scheduling hurdles presently associated with launch vehicle operations. Current space launch operations require extensive networks of remote, ground-based tracking and communications sites to provide Range support, and are available only at limited geographic launch areas. Existing Ranges require long turnaround times and are costly to use due to aging equipment costs and fixed staffing costs. Using space-based assets for tracking and communications functions, along with on-board autonomous intelligent software flight termination capabilities, can combine to lessen launch/operating costs, reduce logistics and launch complexity, and reduce turnaround time, all while continuing to provide unsurpassed safety. Development of key "Destruct" algorithms identified and started in Phase I and used by today's Range Safety Officers (RSO) is proposed. All proof-of-concept equipment will be flight-qualifiable and have a clearly visible path to full flight-qualified status upon successfully demonstrating operational characteristics during the proposed work.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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