Affordable Access to Space

Image of testing at Marshall Space Flight Center where AVA is controlling attitude on an air bearing.

Image of testing at Marshall Space Flight Center where AVA is controlling attitude on an air bearing.

The Affordable Access To Space (AATS) project is a set of agreements / studies to enable NASA missions with affordable, dedicated access to space by continually maturing new technologies and implementing new approaches to reduce the price point for space payloads.

Several private and government-sponsored launch vehicle developers are working toward the ability to affordably insert small payloads into low-Earth orbit. But until now, cost of the complex avionics remained disproportionately high. Affordable Vehicle Avionics (AVA), a project at NASA’s Ames Research Center solves this problem. AVA is looking into development of next-generation, very low-cost guidance, navigation and control avionics systems aimed as a possible solution for a family of low-cost suborbital to orbit launch vehicles.

TECHNOLOGY/TASK PRINCIPAL TECHNOLOGIST PROJECT MANAGER
AATS: Affordable Vehicle Avionics Ron Litchford Rudy Aquilina