Space Information Laboratories (SIL), a leading provider of high-end avionics, Li- Polymer battery and engineering solutions to U.S. Government programs of national significance, has been awarded a DARPA ALASA (Airborne Launch Assist Space Access) enabling technology award for GPS Metric Track, Autonomous Flight Termination System (AFTS) and Space Based Range to reduce range launch cost. SIL was awarded a DARPA ALASA contract (HR0011-12-C-0053) on 28 March 2012.
SIL’s VBITS patented technology will enable DARPA ALASA goal to significantly reduce launch cost with Vehicle Based GPS Tracking, Autonomous Flight Termination and Space Based Range Systems. SIL’s pioneering technology will lead the way to bring DOD cost affordability on Aerospace vehicles and ranges.
The work will be performed at Space Information Laboratories engineering design and manufacturing facility in Santa Maria, CA (near Vandenberg AFB). The DARPA ALASA Phase I contract is worth approximately $2 Million. “We are extremely proud to play a significant role as a team member with DARPA with enabling technology to support ALASA goal to launch a 100 pound satellite into LEO for $1 million total cost per launch”
Source: Space Information Laboratories
Date: Apr 2, 2012