Improvements in Spacecraft Assembly, Integration and Test
Frontier Technology, Inc (FTI) received a Phase I SBIR contract award to assist USASMDC/ARDC in significantly reducing the cost and time required for the Assembly, Integration, and Test (AI&T) of future MDA Space Systems. FTI will develop conceptual designs of the hardware, process tools, or software based on self-imposed requirements and preliminary modeling, simulation and analysis.
The focus of this topic is on space-based systems with particular emphasis on space-based optical systems. Special areas of interest in this topic are: AI&T workflow management, test simulation, and improved software integration and test. The first area of emphasis seeks proposals for tools to implement processes and methodologies to improve the identification of synergistic requirements of assemblies and subsystems based on verification and validation requirements, effective planning of resources (including utilization of special test equipment (STE) and test facilities), effective scheduling of interrelated processes, and overall work flow management to streamline assembly, integration and test processes. The second area of emphasis seeks proposals for test simulators/stimulators for use during ground test and verification.