Accession Number : AD1028567

Title :   Nanosatellite and Plug-and-Play Architecture 2 (NAPA 2)

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Dec 2014,01 Dec 2016

Corporate Author : Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate Kirtland AFB United States

Personal Author(s) : Lyke,James C

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Report Date : 28 Feb 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 50

Abstract : Under a second $12M program agreement (PA) between US and Sweden (PA-TRDP-US-SW-AF-13-01), AFRL and Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) developed concepts from the previous nanosatellite and plug-and-play architecture (NAPA) program (e.g. a common plug and play: technology) with four focus areas: (1) missions, (2) mission studies, (3) i-Missions, and(4) technology development. The core mission activity involved development of a 6U-format Space Plug-and-play Architecture (SPA) Research Cubesat (SPARC). SPARC-1 (first and only pursued under this PA) demonstrates rapidly composable and service oriented spacecraft networks. In the mission studies focus area, the US/Sweden collaborative team explores concepts as diverse as mesh communication networks, synthetic aperture radar, combat search and rescue, blue force tracking, space situation awareness, and potentially other militarily relevant roles. The i-Missions focus area studies the kinetics of rapid mission development. The methodology involves interchangeable blackbox (self-describing) components, software (middleware and applications), advanced pushbutton tools supporting accelerated design flows, and elements of ground systems architecture capable of working fluidly with networks of potentially hundreds of these platforms. The technologies focus area develops miniature spacecraft components and subsystems. This program is on-going (projected complete in Spring 2020), and this interim report summarizes a snapshot, as of December 2016.

Descriptors :   space situational awareness , computer programming , NANOSATELLITES , CUBESATS , spacecraft , COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE

Subject Categories : Computer Systems
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE