Autonomous Flight Termination & Satellite Based Telemetry System for Launch Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-07-C-0049
Agency Tracking Number: F061-270-3452
Amount: $725,372.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-270
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
6303 Ivy Lane, Suite 130, Greenbelt, MD, 20770
DUNS: 615335937
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roger Zoerner
 Principal Investigator
 (321) 861-2960
Business Contact
 Donal Finnegan
Title: President
Phone: (301) 837-9065
Research Institution
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.

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