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HyPASS- Hypersonic Plasma Adaptive Sensor System

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
ElectroDynamic Applications, Inc.
P.O. Box 131460 Ann Arbor, MI 48113-1460
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: HyPASS- Hypersonic Plasma Adaptive Sensor System
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8718-08-C-0055
Award Amount: $749,945.00


The plasma generated around low altitude hypersonic vehicles is a serious impediment to vehicle communications, particularly GPS navigation signal reception. This problem has introduced a critical path failure and potential showstopper for the hypersonic cruise missile program. The HyPASS system will simultaneously decrease the signal loss due to the plasma in such a vehicle and provide important information about plasma parameters to aid performance analysis and the development of other plasma mitigation systems. Transmitting and receiving adaptively tuned RF signals, HyPASS will measure the plasma density and other parameters, and provide information to tune a matchbox integrated with the GPS or other antenna. Recent advancements in high frequency circuit technology and "system-on-a-chip" processors have led to network analyzer-type systems that are small and light enough for practical application of this technology to vehicles such as X-51. Phase I work carried the system concept from TRL 2 to TRL 3. Phase II will take the system to TRL 6 culminating in a brass-board demonstration and the completion of a flight development program plan. The flight system will nearly eliminate mismatch reflection signal loss and provide real time plasma information, operating efficiently in power, mass, and volume without interfering with vehicle aerodynamics.

Principal Investigator:

David Morris
Senior Engineer

Business Contact:

David Morris
Operations Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

P.O. Box 131460 Ann Arbor, MI 48113

EIN/Tax ID: 383479349
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No