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Flexible Low Cost Avionics for NanoSatellite Launch Vehicle Control and GPS Metric Tracking, Phase I

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In this proposal, Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems LLC (Tyvak) will develop nano-launch vehicle avionics solutions based on the latest commercial electronics products and protocols. These systems will address the unique avionic challenges of dedicated NanoSatellite launch vehicles (NLV). Tyvak will utilized heritage and lessons learned from its CubeSat avionic systems to modify and optimize its current products for use with this new class of launch vehicles. The major technical objectives will be: - Provide compatibility with the all NLV systems in development - Determine and provide appropriate performance and reliability metrics while maintaining the low-cost/low-mass made possible by commercial electronics systems - Determine the feasibility of the latest network protocols (in particular wireless systems) in the NLV environment - Demonstrate the reliability of low-cost/low-mass/low-power GPS based automatic flight termination system (AFTS) by combining the latest generation of commercial miniature GPS systems with high performance computer systems based on mobile computer technology More »

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