DoD SBIR 23.3 BAA

Active
No
Status
Closed
Release Date
August 23rd, 2023
Open Date
September 20th, 2023
Due Date(s)
October 18th, 2023
Close Date
October 18th, 2023
Topic No.
SF233-0001

Topic

Digital Flatsat

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2023

Summary

The Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking proposals for the topic of "Digital Flatsat" in their SBIR 23.3 BAA solicitation. The Air Force branch is specifically interested in this topic. The objective is to develop a fully functioning Flatsat through a cloud-resident Digital Twin model that allows full mission emulation of SDA mission features and enables testing of new bus, payload, network, and mission commands before uploading them to vehicles in orbit. The emphasis is on minimizing hardware and prioritizing massless payload deployment. The resulting flatsats should fulfill the same mission requirements as traditional hardware/software flatsats but would exist as cloud-based software solutions. The project will be conducted in three phases. In Phase I, feasibility will be demonstrated through a computer model and simulation tool that shows the basic interfaces for a digital FlatSat supporting future system development. In Phase II, applicants will be expected to provide a fully operable digital FlatSat that allows users to create and provide a simulation model interfacing with existing SDA FlatSat hardware and emulating it for replication online. Phase III will focus on dual-use applications, where the Space Development Agency (SDA) aims to provide spiral development of smallsats for continuous improvement and the addition of new technology. A Digital FlatSat would support the development and integration of new systems through a digital twin model, eliminating the need for building and integrating hardware. This approach allows for more options to be evaluated and compared. A successful Phase III would evaluate design trades for future SDA tranches, reduce engineering design time, and increase the deployment of novel and innovative technology to stay ahead of near-peer competitors in space system design. The project duration and funding specifics are not mentioned in the document. For more information and to access the solicitation, visit the DoD SBIR 23.3 BAA page on grants.gov (https://www.sbir.gov/node/2447889) or the Defense SBIR/STTR website (https://www.defensesbirsttr.mil/).

Description

OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Integrated Network System-of-Systems

 

OBJECTIVE: A fully functioning Flatsat via a rapidly produced, easily maintained, cloud-resident Digital Twin model that allows full mission emulation of SDA mission features and allows test of new bus, payload, network and mission commands prior to upload to vehicles on orbit. Solutions should minimize hardware and emphasize massless payload deployment. Resulting flatsats would be expected to fulfill the same mission requirements as traditional hardware/software flatsats – ground test of commands prior to upload, operator training, etc. – but would be instantiated only as cloud-based software solutions.

 

DESCRIPTION: A fully functioning Flatsat via a rapidly produced, easily maintained, cloud-resident Digital Twin model that allows full mission emulation of SDA mission features and allows test of new bus, payload, network and mission commands prior to upload to vehicles on orbit. Solutions should minimize hardware and emphasize massless payload deployment. Resulting flatsats would be expected to fulfill the same mission requirements as traditional hardware/software flatsats – ground test of commands prior to upload, operator training, etc. – but would be instantiated only as cloud-based software solutions.

 

PHASE I: Phase 1 feasibility will be demonstrated by a computer model and simulation tool that shows the basic interfaces for a digital FlatSat that supports future system development.

 

PHASE II: Phase II applicants will be expected to provide a fully operable digital FlatSat that allows the user to create and provide a simulation model that will interface with existing SDA FlatSat hardware, as well as emulate it and allow it to be replicated online.

 

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: SDA, Space Development Agency is working to provide spiral development of smallsats that allow continue improvement and the ability to add new technology.  A Digital FlatSat would provide a model that supports development and integration of new sytems that can be added in with a digital twin model instead of having to build and integrate hardware, allowing for more options to be evaluated and compared.  A successful Phase III would be used to evaluate design trades for future SDA tranches and would reduce engineering design time, while increasing the deployment of novel and innovative technology required to keep ahead of near peer competitors in space system design.

 

REFERENCES:

Shangguan, Duansen,  A Digital Twin-Based Approach for the Fault Diagnosis and Health Monitoring of a Complex Satellite System,  Symmetry 2020

 

KEYWORDS: Satellite Digital Twin; Satellite Digital Engineering; Computer Aided Design; Satellite Product Lifecycle Management; Satellite Model-Based Systems Engineering; Satellite Digital Thread