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$6.3M to Micro-RDC Toward the ‘6-Day Satellite’

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Micro-electronics Research Development Corp. (Micro-RDC) in Colorado Springs, CO received a $6.3 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to design and develop plug-and-play and responsive space components, systems, and process to enable the ‘six-day’ satellite. Micro-RDC, whose specialty is the design, testing, and mitigation of radiation effects on transistors, circuits, and systems (a constant issue in space), will lead technical and program efforts with the help of subcontractors at the Air Force Research Laboratory. At this time, $50,000 has been obligated; work will be complete June 2010. The Headquarters Air Force Research Laboratory in Kirtland Air Force Base, NM issued the contract (FA9453-07-C-0179). This contract is part of the USA’s “operationally responsive space” effort. The Pentagon’s vanished Office of Force Transformation described the concept this way: “The overarching objective of this experiment is to provide and launch an operationally relevant micro-satellite, with the ability to task and disseminate data through existing operational networks (SIPRNET), in less than 1 year and for less than $15M (to include launch costs). Additionally, this experiment seeks to explore concept-technology pairings that develop near term paths for the tactical use of space in four key areas… Micro-satellite design and processing… Responsive, on-demand space lift… Making space an organic […]

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