Reinventing Space

The Feasibility of Applying Plug-and-Play Concepts to Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control Systems to Meet the Challenges of Future Responsive Missions

Abstract: In this paper, a methodology for dramatically reducing the time required to build a complex system based on the self-organization of self-describing components is presented. In this “plug-and-play” approach, component services are exposed for use through mechanisms similar to…

The Sprite Mini-Lift Vehicle: Performance, Cost and Schedule Projections for the First of the Scorpius Low-Cost Launch Vehicles

Abstract: Scorpius® is a Microcosm program, under two Phase III Small Business Innovation Research contracts at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate. The Scorpius® program is to develop an entirely new launch vehicle family with the objective of reducing total launch…