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Doing Business As Name:University of Florida
  • Norman G Fitz-Coy
  • (352) 392-1029
  • Peggy L Evanich
Award Date:07/29/2008
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 345,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 463,729
  • FY 2012=$67,444
  • FY 2009=$128,017
  • FY 2008=$69,000
  • FY 2011=$89,000
  • FY 2010=$110,268
Start Date:08/01/2008
End Date:07/31/2014
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Collaborative Research: Advanced Space Technologies Research and Engineering Center (ASTREC)
Federal Award ID Number:0832517
DUNS ID:969663814
Parent DUNS ID:159621697
Program:IUCRC-Indust-Univ Coop Res Ctr
Program Officer:
  • Prakash Balan
  • (703) 292-5341

Awardee Location

Awardee Cong. District:03

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Florida
Cong. District:03

Abstract at Time of Award

Full Center Proposal (Phase I) for an I/UCRC for Advanced Space Technologies Research and Engineering Center 0832517 University of Florida; Norman Fitz-Coy 0832508 North Carolina State University; William Edmonson The purpose of this proposal is to start a new I/UCRC "Advanced Space Technologies Research and Engineering Center (ASTREC)" that will develop new knowledge, tools, hardware, and personnel required for advanced space technologies. ASTREC will establish this multi-university collaboration between two research institutions in the southeast, University of Florida (UF) and North Carolina State University (NCSU). The proposed research aims at advancing knowledge by performing multidisciplinary research and providing breakthrough technologies in each of the satellite subsystems for pico/-nano-class of satellites. By focusing on small satellites of the pico- and nano-class drives the technology research to be constrained by low power, mass and volume. Through a Design-Build-Fly (DBF) philosophy, the center?s research mission is to perform leading-edge research that is industry driven to produce technologically small satellites and components, which will be on-orbit validated and demonstrated. The proposed work is important because it seeks to develop more agile space assets through developing innovative technologies and processes. Due to the diverse technologies that make up a satellite, those involved in the center?s research will come from engineering, the physical sciences and biological sciences. The efforts of ASTREC will provide the space industry with a class of satellites that cost less to develop and build without becoming technologically dated at launch. Through the success of its DBF philosophy, ASTREC will assist in the transformation of the space industry from risk adverse towards risk tolerant design. The Center plans to engage K-20 students in all aspects of small satellite design through hands-on cradle-to-grave experience to create the next generation of "rocket scientists". ASTREC has a strong diversity plan that ensures the participation of underrepresented groups in all levels of the Center. Extensive experience in fostering participation of underrepresented in research and education will add value to the center.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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D. Kim, W. Mackunis, N. Fitz-Coy, and W. E. Dixon "Precision IPACS in the Presence of Dynamic Uncertainty" The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, v.1, 2011, p..

Publications Produced as Conference Proceedings

Leve, FA;Boyarko, GA;Munoz, JD;Fitz-Coy, NG "COMPARISON OF STATE-OF-THE-ART STEERING LOGICS FOR CONTROL MOMENT GYROSCOPES" AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, v.135, 2010, p.175 View record at Web of Science

Kim, D;Leve, FA;Fitz-Coy, N;Dixon, WE "Adaptive Attitude Control for a Small Satellite with Integrated Singularity Avoidance and Momentum Management" American Control Conference (ACC), v. , 2011, p.1015 View record at Web of Science

Li, N;Xu, YJ;Basset, G;Fitz-Coy, N "Vision Based Trajectory Tracking of Space Debris in Close Proximity via Integrated Estimation and Control" American Control Conference (ACC), v. , 2011, p.1033 View record at Web of Science

Johnson, M;Hiramatsu, T;Fitz-Coy, N;Dixon, WE "Asymptotic Stackelberg Optimal Control Design for an Uncertain Euler Lagrange System" 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), v. , 2010, p.6686 View record at Web of Science

Muri, P;Challa, O;McNair, J "Enhancing Small Satellite Communication Through Effective Antenna System Design" MILCOM Military Communications Conference, v. , 2010, p.347 View record at Web of Science

Project Outcomes Report


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The Advanced Space Technologies Research & Engineering Center (ASTREC) was developed as an IUCRC to research and develop new technologies for the emerging small satellite market. ASTREC was a multi-university partnership between the University of Florida (lead) and North Carolina A&T State University. ASTREC’s research and development (R&D) efforts focused on transformative technologies that have the overall objective of developing innovative solutions to enhance the utility of small satellites. The intent of ASTREC’s R&D was to produce innovative solutions that are capable of mitigating the long acquisition times and cost overruns that currently exist within the space industry by (i) developing game changing technologies that increase the functionality of small satellites and (ii) developing systems engineering processes that streamline the design life-cycle. With the utilization of a design-develop-deploy R&D philosophy to conduct multidisciplinary research in the areas of small satellite technologies, ASTREC’s intent was to bridge the technology gap, or “valley of death”, between research and product development. Furthermore, to ensure that ASTREC’s R&D was relevant to the needs of the space industry, all projects were developed jointly by the Center’s Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) and academic partners. The Center’s faculty formulates projects that were then assessed and ranked by the IAB based on the project’s quality and utility to Center’s objectives. The underlying premise of the IUCRC program is collaboration between the Center’s industrial partners and unfortunately the space industry is extremely competitive and the industrial partners were not particularly amenable to sharing of ideas.

Last Modified: 10/12/2017
Modified by: Norman G Fitz-Coy

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