NOVI’s offering is aimed at providing NASA with a modular and easily reconfigurable spacecraft bus that uses a customizable chassis structure in conjunction with a common set of avionics components and sub-systems for rapid and flexible deployment of payloads / constellations. The proposed approach not only offers new capabilities, timelines and cost paradigms for fielding CubeSat and ESPA-class spacecraft for a wide variety of mission needs and requirements, but also supports existing efforts to create more readily available COTS-based state-of-the-art products that enable modular, plug-and-play functionality.
As part of the proposed Phase I effort, NOVI will:
NOVI’s offerings are part of a broader set of capabilities to realize a new generation of rapidly-reconfigurable small-sats that combine batch-sourced COTS components with highly-integrated AM-based cellular manufacturing to offer a low-cost and efficient approach for rapid constellation deployment and replenishment. The solutions will support multiple NASA initiatives ranging from LEO-based operations to deep space exploration and habitation, with direct applications supporting SMD, STMD and the Earth Science and Heliophysics divisions.
NOVI’s modular, batch-fabricated small-sats are also targeted towards an emerging class of commercial players aiming to develop and operate LEO constellations for earth observation, broadband connectivity, IoT, weather monitoring, AIS, space-based data storage, and a host of other use-cases (representing a global small-sat market that is growing at a 20% CAGR to reach $5.3B by 2021).