Hot on the heels of our discussion of space junk at the July TechHui conference comes this SBIR topic from the Navy, looking for ideas for a "Low Cost Orbital Debris Removal System." Here's the synopsis:
Develop a cost effective system design to remove high payoff orbital debris from medium and high Earth orbits. Build a prototype and demonstrate it in the space environment.
Proposals for Phase I (awards are between $80K - $100K) are due on 9/23. You can find the full solicitation and instructions here:
If anyone actually decides to apply for this I hope you'll share your ideas and results with TechHui!
-- Doug Nelson, Maui