Developing Responsive and Agile Space Systems
Volume 10, Number 1 (Summer 2009)
Mark A. Hopkins
Aerospace is working with the Operationally Responsive Space Office and other defense organizations to develop a comprehensive space architecture that will meet urgent warfighter needs.
Aerospace is helping to establish open standards for space, which can contribute to a more robust and rapid response to urgent warfighter needs.
Aerospace has been providing systems engineering support to the Space Test Program, Operationally Responsive Space Office, and Air Force Research Laboratory, in an effort to rapidly launch and deploy satellites in the evolving agile space environment.
A standard communications infrastructure and shared services allow for rapid receiving and publishing of mission information using common message and data standards, thus enabling situational awareness along with reduced operation and maintenance costs.
Responsive space requires responsive ground systems. Aerospace is helping to establish a comprehensive ground system enterprise that can meet the anticipated tactical demands.
Imagine flying a satellite with a technology freeze date that was only six months ago. Aerospace has completed 11 miniature satellites for technology demonstrations, with an average design, build, assemble, test, and deliver cycle of about a year.
Low-Power Electric Propulsion
Electric Propulsion Diagnostcs and Modeling
Publications, Papers, and Patents by the Technical Staff
The Aerospace Ground Systems Laboratory
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