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Thermopile Detector Radiation Hardened Readout

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2010 / SBIR
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Black Forest Engineering, LLC
12930 Morris Trail Colorado Springs, CO 80908-
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Thermopile Detector Radiation Hardened Readout
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CE04P
Award Amount: $99,992.00


The Europa Jupiter System Mission (EJSM) will provide a better understanding as to how gas giant planets and their satellites form and evolve. The Jupiter Europa Orbiter (JEO) is the NASA element of the EJSM. JEO will be built to withstand the intense radiation in Europa orbit and the JEO payload includes a thermal instrument. The thermal instrument is based on thermopile detectors that are intrinsically radiation hard to at least 10 Mrad; however, the thermopile readout ASIC needs to be hardened to tolerate the radiation sources of the JEO mission. Black Forest Engineering proposes on Phase I to modify existing thermopile readout circuitry using radiation hardened by design techniques (RHBD) to tolerate the JEO mission radiation sources. The readout application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) when developed on Phase II and combined with JPL thermopiles will meet the thermal instrument requirements of the JEO.

Principal Investigator:

Steve Gaalema
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Vivian McDonald
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Black Forest Engineering, LLC
P.O. Box 8059 Colorado Springs, CO 80933

EIN/Tax ID: 010700219
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No