NASA has identified the need for a palletizing system to support transport, emplacement and exchange of sub-modules in the 1-100 kg range. This need correlates to NASA’s Technology Roadmaps in the publication entitled, “Space Assembly of Large Structural System Architecture (SALSSA)”. In support of this need, Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) proposes to leverage its HyperBus “Space as a Service” platform to create a palletized system that is capable of supporting transport, emplacement, and exchange of sub-modules in the 1-100 kg range. The HyperBus Cargo will utilize a “double decker” configuration of TUI’s HyperBus platform in conjunction with NanoRacks’ KABER (24U) ISS and ENRCSD (36U) Cygnus satellite deployers to create a low cost, rapid deployment palletizing cargo transportation system, which will set a new standard for customer experience in the small satellite industry. During the HyperBus Cargo program effort (Phase I and II), TUI personnel will evaluate multiple Concepts of Operations (ConOps) for the Cargo system, identify a complete set of requirements, develop a concept design, fabricate a prototype, and demonstrate the Cargo system in TUI’s robotics laboratory.
The HyperBus Cargo Platform supports NASA’s Space Assembly of Large Structural System Architectures (SALSSA) architecture, by enabling transport, emplacement, servicing, and exchange of sub-modules on persistent platforms assembled in-space. It will provide a cost-effective means for utilizing secondary payload launches and ISS deployment to support construction and operation persistent platforms for Earth science, space astronomy, and manned exploration.
The HyperBus Cargo Platform will support construction and operation of persistent space platforms such as the AF/SMC Advanced Space Testbed (XST) and TUI's Constructable LEO Platform by providing a cost-effective means to deliver modules and payloads to the platforms via secondary payload launches, and by facilitating integration of these modules onto the platforms.