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U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) SatBuild

Satellite design, assembly and launch encompasses a multitude of steps that can take up to several years, depending on the scope, requirements and budget of the mission. A key requirement of the Air Force's responsive space program is the capability to assemble, test and launch a satellite within days, or even hours (versus years), of a battlefield Commander's request. An operationally responsive space capability, such as this, will provide our forces with an advantage in future conflicts. The Commander will be able to rapidly deploy tailored space assets to strategic orbits. Currently, this capability does not exist. During Phase I, Red Canyon Software (RCS) began development of our innovative Satellite Design Automation (SDA) architecture SATBuilder™, in conjunction with our OpenSAT™ open architecture. OpenSAT integrates existing detail design tools with SATBuilder, as well as databases tracking requirements; plug and play (PnP) components and payloads in inventory; mission data, and the results of analysis with the final configuration of the satellite. SATBuilder, an AI based toolset, provides for rapid spacecraft design via historical information, internal analytical tools and integration to existing design tools. During Phase I, RCS defined the OpenSAT and SATBuilder Frameworks, implemented version 1.0 of the centralized database and began work on the Power System Modeler. During Phase II, RCS implemented the Link Analysis module, updated, modified and delivered the OpenSAT centralized relational database to meet the needs of the Responsive Space and PnP Sat team members, managed the OpenSAT server at the AFRL Test Bed, and provided support related to PnPSAT and PnP CubeSAT. This report presents a summary of the work done during Phase II and significant results.

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