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SCOUT: developing a modular multimission spacecraft architecture for high-capability rapid access to space
Author(s): Aaron Rogers; James Shoemaker; Luis Jordan; Scott McDermott
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Paper Abstract

The long lead and cycle times currently associated with development and launch of satellite systems have established a prohibitive environment for responsive deployment of tactical capability to orbit. With the advent of the RASCAL program - poised to offer launch capability to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) within 24 hours - there is a clear motivation for a comparable, multi-mission, rapidly configurable microsatellite. The SCOUT program is developing the key enabling technologies that will enable this capability while also addressing the production and logistic challenges essential to its implementation. Intrinsic to the design will be a "Plug-and-Sense" capability, which will enable a vehicle to detect the presence and orientation of integrated subsystem modules, as well as ascertain their function, and communicate key performance parameters. The system will utilize a heuristic, self-interrogation approach to provide a robust means of performing configuration and diagnostics activities that transcend nominal housekeeping routines to include an enhanced degree of system autonomy. A minimally structured design, emphasizing a lightweight, interchangeable framework will enable quick integration and deployment, while preserving high on-orbit payload mass fraction. Similarly, the system will also feature a novel approach to assembly, integration, and test activities that spans ground through on-orbit operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5419, Spacecraft Platforms and Infrastructure, (30 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.542489
Show Author Affiliations
Aaron Rogers, AeroAstro, Inc. (United States)
James Shoemaker, DARPA (United States)
Luis Jordan, AeroAstro, Inc. (United States)
Scott McDermott, AeroAstro, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5419:
Spacecraft Platforms and Infrastructure
Peter Tchoryk; Melissa Wright, Editor(s)

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