ASTEC

Advanced Space Technologies and Emerging Concepts

Under contract to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate, SDL conducted a study to identify an innovative low-cost design nano-satellite design and determine the feasibility issues and costs associated with the development and manufacturing of 100 servicing satellites.

SDL developed a conceptual spacecraft design, investigated and developed a mission scenario that would enable the spacecraft to meet mission goals, and developed a streamlined methodology for the design and manufacture of spacecraft in order to reduce the cost to approximately $1 million per satellite.