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About Design_net Engineering

Design_net Engineering is a company that received a Department of Defense SBIR/STTR grant for a project entitled: Reconfigurable Satellite Planning Tool. The abstract given for this project is as follows: It takes up to 10 years to design, build and launch a satellite system. The satellite system reflects the 10-year-old (or more) outdated, inflexible technology and mission needs that may no longer be applicable to the tactics and geography of today's evolving conflicts. These new conflicts create the need for mission changes that cannot be accommodated by current systems. Recent advances in technology offers us opportunities to incorporate reconfigurable components (e.g., radiation-hardened FPGAs, Software Reconfigurable Payloads) into spacecraft that allow for the new satellite to change their missions. DNet is proposing to modify its Mission-Satellite Design Tool (MSDT) to address the reconfiguration of satellites based on mission changes. DNet will change the MSDT to a Reconfiguable Satellite Planning Tool (RPST) that will 1) take advantage of the reconfigurability characteristics of deployed satellite and 2) based on mission needs, and determine from an available registry of satellites, the candidate satellite (s) that can fulfill the new mission objectives. The RPST Phase I will demonstrate this ideas with a simple reconfigurable satellite. Phase II will evolve these ideas with multiple satellites with a more advance the tool with an Initial Operational Concept (IOC) version.Design_net Engineering is a company that received a Department of Defense SBIR/STTR grant for a project entitled: A Modular Architecture for Responsive Configuration of Satellite Autonomy. The abstract given for this project is as follows: A repeating topic in aerospace discussion forums is the ever-increasing reliance on space assets to support our national infrastructure. Their vulnerability has led to significant discussion about how to facilitate better situational awareness and protection of these assets. As the space environment becomes more utilized the management effort will inevitably become increasingly complicated. One strategy is to offload the ground by making satellites more capable at a platform level allowing them to draw from collective situational information to satisfy their own needs and respond appropriately to space arena changes. This capability is commonly termed spacecraft autonomy. Previous implementations have been tailored to the mission at hand tightly coupled to the hardware and software instantiated on that particular spacecraft. If autonomy is to become robust and commonplace, the community needs a standardized approach. DNet and SRA are developing an architecture specifically designed to accommodate the needs of spacecraft autonomous operations. The architecture will be naturally predisposed to scalability, rapid configuration, and reusability all qualities that are necessary features of a framework that will be significantly built upon in the years to come to address the maintenance and protection of our military, science and commercial space infrastructure.BENEFIT:The anticipated benefits of this research extend well beyond the initial tactical military application. AFRL has pressed for standardization of space system components to streamline the satellite life cycle to address the needs of ORS. These SPA standards have culminated in an implementation on the PnPSat program, which is ongoing at the Responsive Space Testbed in Albuquerque. A major focus area has been satellite autonomy, which is comprised of modular, reusable code elements. Using supporting design and development tools, the conceptualization, assembly, and testing of SPA-based systems can occur in exceedingly short timeframes, satisfying the specifically expressed ORS objective of maintaining a satellite depot that can field a request for tactical capability and deploy supporting assets within the course of one week. Clearly, the ability to design and build spacecraft in much shorter periods of time is an attractive option to the aerospace sector as a whole. We expect that the standards, as well as the data architecture that facilitates these significantly reduced development times, will gain favor in the wider community and become commonplace within the next decade. The anticipated benefits of this system for defensive counterspace are increased space awareness and practical defensive countermeasures.Design_net Engineering is a company that received a Department of Defense SBIR/STTR grant for a project entitled: Data Processing and Storage for PnP Spacecraft. The abstract given for this project is as follows: Design_Net Engineering will develop an "Application Configurable Radiation Hardened Processor/Memory Node" for use in high end control, sensor processing, and sensor fusion applications. DNet will build on an existing design developed under other MDA and AFRL contracts, add the Wafer Scale Signal Processor capable of Gflop/watt performance to our Modular Reconfigurable Avionics (MRA) system and create an extended memory module to act as data storage in the system. The unit is compatible with the newly developed SPA interface standards for Plug-n-Play avionics and will be flight qualified as part of the PnPSat program. At the end of Phase II DNet will have built a flight ready unit, available to the AFRL PnP technology satellite test program. Once flown in PnPSat the processor/memory node will be ready for use in real world applications for ORS. The product is unique in its use of state of the art components, in its compactness, its ready configurability, and its ability to adapt to both highly DSP intensive processes, and high-end control applications or Command and Data Handling (C&DH) work.Design_net Engineering is a company that received a Department of Defense SBIR/STTR grant for a project entitled: Power Management for PnP Spacecraft. The abstract given for this project is as follows: This research work will produce an innovative Power Management and Distribution (PMAD) system design that can support both heritage satellite components and the new power compatible plug-and-play (PnP) methodology. The proposed PMAD system design will support a significant range of power requirements for satellites with fewer power switches, fewer current monitors and simpler hierarchical management. In addition, a sophisticated simulation tool will be developed to assist design engineers at the AFRL Testbed with component selection, confirm power system is sized correctly and mission requirements are met. Anticipated benefits of PMAD system are reduced design time, simpler integration, rapid mission configuration, more autonomous operation, and reduced mission operations as well as decreased cost and schedule. This study will define standards for both PMAD and PnP power components to assure compatibility during integration, enhance mission and systems design tools, implement PnP power standards for xTEDS, develop a PMAD "smart" architecture design that supports the PnP principle and the power management tools that allow autonomous on-orbit operation, as well as demonstrate utility and efficacy of those tools with "day in the life" simulations and provide a mature design for a prototype flight-like device for Phase II efforts.Design_net Engineering is a company that received a Department of Defense SBIR/STTR grant for a project entitled: Applying New Approaches in Platform Autonomy to Satellite Protection for Defensive Counterspace. The abstract given for this project is as follows: Developing a more efficient and capable decision support system for defensive counterspace can be accomplished in part by implementing several core capabilities at the space platform level. Threat detection, identification, and response implemented in autonomy on individual spacecraft allows each member of a constellation to participate in a distributed network, and the use of higher-powered processing on-orbit allows lower level signal fusion (and even higher level fusion with coordinated data exchanged on the space-space link between satellites) to be conducted without the latencies incurred by ground contact opportunities - thus improving space situational awareness. Our current work with AFRL has led to the development of data-centric software techniques and configuration tools that facilitate the rapid assembly of modular spacecraft assets to provide desired operational capability. These capabilities embody the Space Plug&play Avionics (SPA) standards designed to facilitate rapid call-up of tactical space capability. We will extend these tools and develop code and algorithms to implement a satellite "protection agent" to demonstrate the viability of the proposed approach. The core architecture and applicable numeric engines of the demonstrated autonomy framework will be migrated toward higher level fusion and decision support at the space operations center as part of phase II efforts.

Design_net Engineering Headquarter Location

10311 Hampden Ave. Suite A107

Lakewood, Colorado, 80227,

United States

303-462-0096

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Design_net Engineering Patents

Design_net Engineering has filed 4 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Aircraft instruments
  • Androgens and anabolic steroids
  • Avionics
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7/13/2017

4/2/2019

Conservation and restoration, Nepenthes, Androgens and anabolic steroids, Mishnah rabbis, Transiting exoplanets

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Application Date

7/13/2017

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4/2/2019

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Conservation and restoration, Nepenthes, Androgens and anabolic steroids, Mishnah rabbis, Transiting exoplanets

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  • Where is Design_net Engineering's headquarters?

    Design_net Engineering's headquarters is located at 10311 Hampden Ave. Suite A107, Lakewood.

  • What is Design_net Engineering's latest funding round?

    Design_net Engineering's latest funding round is Grant - III.

  • Who are the investors of Design_net Engineering?

    Investors of Design_net Engineering include U.S. Department of Defense.

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