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United States Patent Application

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A "black box" space vehicle solution may allow a payload developer to define the mission space and provide mission hardware within a predetermined volume and with predetermined connectivity. Components such as the power module, radios and boards, attitude determination and control system (ADCS), command and data handling (C&DH), etc. may all be provided as part of a "stock" (i.e., core) space vehicle. The payload provided by the payload developer may be plugged into the space vehicle payload section, tested, and launched without custom development of core space vehicle components by the payload developer. A docking station may facilitate convenient development and testing of the space vehicle while reducing handling thereof.
Judd, Stephen (Los Alamos, NM), Dallmann, Nicholas (Los Alamos, NM), McCabe, Kevin (Santa Fe, NM), Seitz, Daniel (Los Alamos, NM)
14/ 746,046
June 22, 2015
STATEMENT OF FEDERAL RIGHTS [0002] The United States government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 between the United States Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC for the operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.