Orbital Assembly, with a location in Huntsville, has been awarded a $1.7 million contract from the United States Space Force to develop a rapidly deployable, efficient, lightweight structure to support solar panels, large power and communications antenna arrays, as well as other space infrastructure functions.
The funding is provided through a direct to phase II Small Business Innovation Research award.
“Robust, sustainable in-space infrastructure is a national strategic imperative and energy transmission will be an essential component for space stations, commercial and defense applications,” said Rhonda Stevenson, CEO of Orbital Assembly. “This is a great opportunity for us to advance on orbit systems, commercialize our proprietary technology and secure future phase III SBIRs.”
The company designs and develops space systems for sustained occupation of space. The company’s modular and versatile platforms, combined with off-the-shelf partnerships, provide automated and habitable structures with variable, hybrid gravity.