Status Report

NASA ARC Award: SYSTEM F6 – DARPA-BAA-11-01 (Aurora Flight Sciences)

By SpaceRef Editor
June 27, 2011
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Award – Jun 27, 2011

General Information

NAIS Posted Date: Jun 27, 2011
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jun 27, 2011
Noncompetitive Action: No
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Contract Award Date: May 10, 2011
Contract Award Number: NNA11AB15C
Solicitation Number: DARPA-BAA-11-01
Contract Award Amount: 5008668
Contractor: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation 9950 Wakeman Dr. Manassas VA 20110
Contractor DUNS Number: 604717165
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Ames Research Center, JA:M/S 241-1, Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000


Contract NNA11AB15C was awarded through DARPA BAA 11-01 which is administered by NASA. Aurora Flight Sciences will be performing an R&D effort under Technical Area 4 of the BAA requirement. This effort will focus primarily on the creation of a Scalable Cluster Flight Algorithm. The contract award is one 6-month base period with two one-year options.

The goal of the System F6 program is to demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of disaggregated – or fractionated – space architectures, wherein the functionality traditionally co-resident within a single, large, monolithic satellite is delivered by a cluster of wirelessly-interconnected modules capable of sharing their resources and utilizing resources found elsewhere in the cluster. Such an architecture enhances the adaptability and survivability of space systems, while also shortening development timelines and reducing the barrier-to-entry for participation in the national security space industry. The program is predicated on the development of open interface standards – from the physical wireless link layer, through the network protocol stack, and including the real-time resource sharing middleware and cluster flight logic – that can enable the emergence of a space global commons which would enhance the mutual security posture of all participants through interdependence. A key program goal is the industry-wide promulgation of these open interface standards for the sustainment and development of future fractionated systems.

For additional information, please contact the contract specialist Marla Lefevre at

Point of Contact

Name: Bethany A McClave
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 650-604-3747
Fax: 650-604-3020

Name: Mark E. Lefler
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 650-604-3038
Fax: 650-604-3020

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