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Andrews Space Awarded Contract to Develop Imaging Nanosatellite for the US Army

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:44 am via: Andrews Space
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Seattle, WA – The US Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Forces Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) has contracted with Andrews Space (Andrews) to develop a nanosatellite to provide real time tactical imagery to the US warfighter.

The Small Agile Tactical Spacecraft (SATS) contract covers the development of a nanospacecraft capable of providing better than two meter imagery to the warfighter to support time critical tactical intelligence. The SATS demonstration program is one of several USASMDC/ARSTRAT efforts to use small spacecraft to support the warfighter.

Under the three phase SATS contract, valued at a total of $9.8 million, Andrews will develop a demonstration spacecraft capable of receiving tasking commands and transmitting tactical imagery and low frame rate video in real time to the warfighter in theater. Under the current Phase 1 effort, Andrews is completing the spacecraft system design and prototyping elements of the attitude determination and control system.

“Andrews is excited to be supporting this important mission need,” said Jason Andrews, President and CEO of Andrews Space. “Nanospacecraft technology is maturing very quickly and the systems are now available to build and operate very low cost platforms that can operate as a ‘webcam in space’.”

According to Chip Hardy, the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Program Manager for SATS, “USASMDC/ARSTRAT is focused on conducting responsive and affordable space technology demonstrations using cube/nano-satellites to validate the Army’s ability to deliver space-based capabilities and products to the ground commander through common Army systems. This effort is one of several important pathfinding initiatives to achieve that objective.”

The SATS demonstration program is designed to prove out the fundamental capabilities and operational concept for a constellation of low cost nanospacecraft that can provide revisit rates of less than ten minutes to theaters of interest.
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as an educator at a community college, with a background in high energy physics, how can I get involved with promoting, and perhaps contributing to, research into nano spacecraft technology?
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