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Tech Track Papers Archive

Additive manufacturing travels into space: Transforming business models with next-generation production

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3D printing is impacting aerospace manufacturing by shaping the next generation of production; it’s improving operational efficiency through rapid design iterations, cost-effective and low volume production, and integrated design-to-production workflows. Powering more efficient manufacturing today, 3D printing also creates a framework for transforming business models by accelerating innovation and simplifying manufacturing supply chains. During this…

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Growing VEGGIE

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Scope Statement: Florikan is a proud partner with NASA’s VEGGIE program, and in this presentation we will take guests through a quick tour of the current plant growth systems on the International Space Station, and our part within it. We will then expound on how our technologies aides the growth of plants in microgravity, what…

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Satellite Based ADS-B for Commercial Space Flight Operations

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The steadily increasing air traffic and commercial space traffic in particular on transcontinental routes or suborbital operations requires extending controlled airspace to those regions not yet covered by ground based surveillance. An ADS-B system with a strong focus on space-based ADS-B can provide global and continuous air and space surveillance to enhance the operation of…

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Model-Based Systems Engineering for Space Architecture Trade Studies

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Systems engineering has continued to evolve over the last few decades from document-based system design and tracking of requirements to what is now commonly known as Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). MBSE is an evolutionary approach in the discipline of systems engineering where rules, descriptive interconnectivity, and physics-based digital models of the structure and behavior of…

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Advanced Enterprise Situational Awareness Reporting For Enhancing Space Operations

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Enterprise Satcom networks generate end-to-end Situational Awareness (SA) combining Space, Security, Network, and Cyber operations to inform Space Operations decisions. This SA extends from Warfighter Applications through the Space systems to DoD networks or DoDIN to make informed decisions in conflict. This information provides a comprehensive picture of the health of the networks used by…

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Recent lessons learned from program execution to enable Risk Mitigation for future acquisition strategies

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Recent Ball Aerospace built systems and system elements have identified several areas impact risk-based acquisition decisions. Ball’s customers and internal technology development activities have identified key areas to enable future architectures. These areas focus on shorter mission durations, command media driven execution, enhanced capabilities through advanced technology insertion, and most importantly all the above at…

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The Data Exploitation (DEX) Platform

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The Data EXploitation (DEX) Platform is part of the Enterprise Ground Service (EGS) being developed to provide shared cloud infrastructure, common user interfaces, and common command and control for multiple space missions. DEX is an evolvable, responsive, cloud-based data exploitation platform that supports Space Situational Awareness and facilitates real-time identification of abnormalities in mission data.…

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Developing Standards for Space & CubeSat Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE)

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In the era of rapidly evolving threats that require faster cycle times for fielding and modifying warfighting capabilities, standards provide vendors and operators with the ability to focus on advanced technologies while building on known, time-proven standards. Col (Ret) Steven (Steve) A. MacLaird, Object Management Group’s (OMG) SVP for Government & Industry Strategy will discuss…

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NASA’s Dragonfly Program: Commercialized Robotics – Enabling a New Generation of Evolvable, Resilient Assets in Orbit

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Commercialized, affordable robotics for in space assembly of large platforms and structures are being prepared for flight in 2021. Integrating easily with standard GEO and LEO satellite command and control architectures, these automation systems enable a new operating paradigm for on-orbit assets – one that includes incremental growth, on demand payload refresh to match user…

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Developing Machine Learning Solutions for Space Missions

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A space mission with both space and ground assets can be regarded as a dynamic system, which is time dependent and nondeterministic. Situational awareness of a dynamic system is defined as the ability to perceive, analyze, and predict its own behaviors. The architectural model for a machine learning(ML) solution involves four key data processing blocks:…

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