Emergent integrates cutting-edge GN&C algorithms, sensors and systems with modern software and information technology for support of autonomous, multi-spacecraft space missions. With over 60% of our employees having an MS or PhD in engineering or science, Emergent is well positioned to perform Research and Development in this domain for our civil, military and commercial space customers.

Much of our R&D activity is funded through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, a highly competitive program that encourages U.S. Small Businesses and Universities to perform R&D that meets federal needs and requirements and has the potential for commercialization. Since 2006, Emergent has won 35 Phase 1 awards, successfully transitioning 11 of them to Phase 2, and 2 to Phase 3.

Recent Phase 1 contracts include:

  • Rules Oriented Blockchain Operations Transactor (ROBOT): extends Blockchain technology to the space domain, enabling essential autonomy for distributed spacecraft resource scheduling and tasking.

Recent Phase 2 contracts include:

  • Distributed Automation Suite for Heuristic Execution and Response (DASHER): a flight software agent based on NASA’s core Flight System (cFS) for intelligent, onboard execution of multi-spacecraft spacecraft and science instrument plans.
  • Cirrus: flight software services for networking, storage, computing, payload management and cybersecurity.

Recent Phase 3 contracts include:

  • World Class Visualizations in GMAT: implementation of the OpenFrames visualization tool in NASA’s General Mission Analysis Toolkit (GMT) to modularize and modernize its visualization infrastructure, thereby increasing its simulation performance and improving its cross-platform user interface.
  • Enhanced Warfighter Tasking with a GMSEC-JMS Message Bridge Service (MBS) - a software bridge for connecting spacecraft and payload operations centers whose ground systems are based on the GMSEC and SOA system architectures.