Saber Astronautics Receives NASA SBIR Grant to Develop Self-Correcting Spacecraft Avionics
Sydney, Australia and Denver, Colorado – Saber Astronautics, a leading space venture company and a delta-V SpaceHub founding partner, has been awarded a prestigious NASA $120,000 Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant.
The six-month grant will fund research in a new generation of spacecraft avionics which can self-diagnose and autonomously correct for various problems which can occur in space. These “Operationally Responsive” spacecraft have a wide range of applications for space and aviation.
Deep space missions, such as asteroid mining and trips to Mars, will have limited contact with spacecraft operators so any repair must happen onboard. The ability to auto-diagnose will keep astronauts safe on their journey, and keep spacecraft systems fully operational.
Artist concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter near Mars. Image credit: NASA/JPL.