Investment by NASA/NSF in SmallSats programs and projects is rapidly increasing. As already identified in previous studies, as the scope of these missions increase there will be a corresponding increase in demand for high accuracy ACS capability. This is especially true for cross formation flying, cross-link communications, and proximity, rendezvous operations, observational data, and onboard experiments. Our goal will be to make available a near-universal low cost enhancement add-on that NASA users from academia to NASA Centers can purchase and easily install between the RWA bracket and a common attachment plate that can easily be linked into legacy, or to be developed, ACS controller design to substantially increase pointing accuracy of the SmallSat/CubeSat platform
QorTek is working closely with Boeing on the proposed technology and Boeing is among the single largest developers and suppliers of such SmallSats to the US military (ranging from 3U to 12U). The relationship between QorTek and Boeing will allow us to investigate integration of the ACPA into Boeing CubeSats. There are a number of other military and non-military applications for the identical technology that include fast pointing systems for active and adaptive optics, most prominently Fast Steering Mirrors that will be direct candidates for transition of the proposed new technology. QorTek is in discussions with Space Micro to integrate to precision pointing mechanism into their products and Navy ICECAP project. Space Micro has developed and used star tracking systems that can benefit from this increase in pointing precision to further enhance their CubeSat line.