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Company Information:

Company Name: Space Micro Inc.
City: San Diego
State: CA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (858) 332-0702

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $5,669,234.00 56
SBIR Phase II $18,376,511.00 23
STTR Phase I $725,000.00 7
STTR Phase II $1,099,987.00 2

Award List:

Low Power Space Computer Incorporating VLIW and SEU Mitigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
Innovative commercial computer architectures and power saving technologies such as VLIW and frequency scaling are leveraged from state-of-the-art portable computing initiatives, but also addressing the unique space radiation environment eg(SEU). Use ofpervasive IP cores, a novel triple modular… More

Low Power Space Computer Incorporating VLIW and SEU Mitigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $1,249,973.00
Abstract:
Innovative satellite computer architecture that combines power savings techniques, high throughput microprocessors and new single event upset mitigation techniques. By combining low power, state-of-the-art Very Long Instruction Word (VLIW) microprocessorswith a novel form of triple modular… More

Atmospheric Neutron Effects on Submicron Microelectronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Advanced microelectronic devices are becoming increasingly sensitive to upsets due to atmospheric neutrons. This mechanism has already been observed on a transcontintal airliner study. Without mitigation, this threatens military and commercial avionics,which desire to utilize the latest… More

SEE enhancement of advanced commercial microprocessors for Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Space Micro will research an innovative concept for enabling use of commercial microprocessors and system on a chip(SOC). The problem for these chips in space is Single event functional interrupt (SEFI),where the space radiation environment causes the chip to enter a hang or locked state. Our… More

Temperature Sensitive Paint for Wind Tunnel Models

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Carl Edwards, Senior Materials Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Many groups have performed nonintrusive, global temperature measurement in hypersonic wind tunnel testing, but technical challenges remain. Most temperature sensitive paints are good within a given range of temperatures and wind tunnel conditions, but do not provide an all-inclusive answer to all… More

High Data Rate Error Correction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter Nolan, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,989.00
Abstract:
Space Micro, Inc. proposes to develop a radiation hardened forward error correction (FEC) codec ASIC for use in very high data rate, space-based, laser communication systems. Our proposed codec uses an innovative combination of a Reed-Solomon code concatenated with other short binary block… More

SEE Enhancement of Advanced Commercial Microprocessors for Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $598,021.00
Abstract:
Commercial microprocessors are challenged for use in satellite computers due to the damaging effects of radiation, particularly single event upsets (SEU) and functional interrupts (SEFI). Space Micro has developed innovations for mitigating SEU/SEFI, enabling the use of high-speed microprocessors… More

Rad-Hard Reconfigurable Level Shifters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
With the rapid move away from the long held industry standard of 5 Volt level logic, it has become increasingly more difficult to manufacture, support, maintain and interface to legacy hardware. Most affected are industries with very long life cycles such as the military, power generation and… More

Reconfigurable Analog Electronics for Missiles Defense Elements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro is proposing the innovative design of high frequency, RF, and microwave field programmable analog arrays to be used for the development of analog circuits, such as focal plane arrays, radar and ladar subsystems. These ICs will be called Field Programmable Microwave Arrays (FPMA). Low… More

Temperature Sensitive Paint for Wind Tunnel Models

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Carl Edwards, Prinicpal Investigator
Award Amount: $650,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of the Phase II program is to mature a novel concept for Temperature Sensitive Paint (TSP) into a viable prototype for use in hypersonic wind tunnel model applications that will replace the current TSP products used in hypersonic wind tunnel testing at AEDC. The solution will address… More

Rad-Hard Very High Data Rate Forward Error Correction Codec

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter Nolan, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $749,760.00
Abstract:
Space Micro, Inc. proposes to develop a radiation-hardened forward error correction (FEC) codec ASIC for use in very high data rate, space-based, laser communication systems. Our proposed codec uses an innovative combination of a Reed-Solomon code concatenated with other short binary block codes,… More

Innovative Gamma source finding array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: James Winso, Manager, Radiation Detection Division – (858) 332-0702
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The high stress situations facing Security Staff responsible for detecting radiological threats to the United States is complicated by the need to identify these threats in complex backgrounds of natural and/or legitimately transported medical and industrial radiation sources. Although the… More

Radiation Effects in Semiconductor Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator: Manish Pagey, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Radiation-effects modeling community has experienced a growing need for mixed-mode simulation capabilities when analyzing advanced semiconductor technologies. Space Micro Inc. and Silvaco International have worked closely to enable and test radiation-effects modeling capabilities in Silvaco's TCAD… More

Quality Assurance of Composite Bonding Processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Featherby, Senior Materials Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Composite materials are being increasing used on aircraft structures and as they are used in more critical areas, the quality of the adhesives bonds must be assured. Among the various bonding techniques, surface cleanliness is most important for adhesive bonding and especially for fluxless brazing… More

Fault Tolerant, Radiation hard DSP

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Commercial digital signal processors (DSP) are problematic for satellite computers due to damaging space radiation effects, particularly single event upsets (SEU) and functional interrupts (SEFI). Space Micro has developed innovations for mitigating SEU and SEFI errors, enabling the use of very… More

Radiation Hardened Turbo Coded OFDM Modulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Peter Nolan
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro Inc. proposes to develop an innovative Turbo-Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Modulation (TC-OFDM) ASIC device. The proposed device provides data transmission at very high data rates (1 ? 10 Gbps), with high bandwidth efficiency (up to 8 bps/Hz), and with excellent bit error rate… More

Miniature Space Dosimeter Based on Semiconductor Oxides

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Clemson University
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: David Strobel
Abstract:
Space Micro and Clemson University have teamed for a miniature, ultra low power, space radiation dosimeter. We project this unit, "MicroRad", to be 50X smaller than the existing solution. Our ability to capitalize on COTS semiconductor devices and processes enable extremely accurate measurements at… More

Automated Tools for Software Protection Technology Insertion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Protection of critical software from unauthorized distribution and exploitation is critical for many DoD applications. Software written for these applications is completed using commercial design and development toolsets. While the output of these toolsets can take many forms (source code, binary… More

Fault Tolerant, Radiation Hard DSP

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a radiation tolerant/hardened signal processing node, which effectively utilizes state-of-the-art commercial semiconductors plus our innovative space radiation mitigation. Building on our Phase I success, a unique combination of DSP and FPGA hardware and software will be… More

Secure Processor using Opcode Diversity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro's Processor with Opcode Diversity (POD) is built from Space Micro's innovative security elements and tools, including our patent pending Object Level FirewallsT and AutoSafeT security technologies. The combination provides a low risk path for the development of a microprocessor… More

Non-Thermally Cured, Active Coatings for Anti-Tamper Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Michael Featherby, Senior Materials Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The use and effectiveness of anti-tamper technologies will help to more readily bring means of protecting our technology to a point of maturation that allows them to be used in current and new systems. To assist in this process, the efforts proposed here will provide Army and other DoD Program… More

Miniature Active Space Radiation Dosimeter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Clemson University
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
RI Contact: Peter McNulty
Abstract:
Space Micro will extend our Phase I R&D to develop a family of miniature, active space radiation dosimeters/particle counters, with a focus on biological/manned dose levels. A single board design will support both manned level and space electronics level dosimetry needs. This is enabled by the… More

Improved Approaches to Nondestructively Test Marine Aluminum Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Carl Edwards, Senior Materials Scientis
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The use of aluminum alloys in marine vessels introduces new problems in the maintenance of structures. Steel has a `fatigue limit'. This means that if the stress is moderately low, the structure will never fail by fatigue. Aluminum alloys do not have such a limit, meaning that these alloys can… More

Radiation Hardened, Reprogrammable Internet Protocol Encryptor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Our architecture builds on the basic tenets of high assurance cryptographic design, and provides a reprogrammable, modular architecture that: 1) Ensures integrity and confidentiality of information 2) Provides authentication and non-repudiation services. 3) Both physically and logically separates… More

Damage Detection and Identification of Adhesive Bonding in Metal Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Featherby, Senior Materials Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The integrity of an aircraft structure is only as good as its joints and its primary structures. Therefore it is paramount that the quality of the joint can be determined with confidence after assembly and at intervals during the life of the structure. Space Micro's Advnaced Materials Division has… More

RADSITE: A Compact Directional Gamma Finder

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: James R. Winso, Division Manager, Domestic Security – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Commercially fielded Radiation Detectors do a fine job of measuring and identifying Gamma Radiation Sources, but are not able to provide an additional extremely useful capability to augment the radiological assessment missions of Law Enforcement, First Responder and Military Personnel; namely to… More

Secure Database Using MotionSafe for Mobile Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Research Institution: NEW MEXICO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Subhasish Mazumdar
Abstract:
The Army's Future Combat Systems rely on mobile ad-hoc networks for their success in tactical environments. There are a number of threats to deployed mobile assets used in ad-hoc networks. Space Micro and NMT's new solution, called MotionSafe, provides a very efficient means to protect stored and… More

Radiation Hard High Precision Agile Star Tracker

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, Prinicpal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro, teamed with SAIC and Octant, propose a high performance, rad hard star tracker based on proven CMOS APS device technology. The approach that the Space Micro team will use in developing and demonstrating a radiation hardened star tracker that meets the AFRL SBIR performance goals is to… More

Radiation Hardened, Miniaturized DACS Electronics for Interceptor and Satellite Control Systems.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, Prinicpal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro, and our teammates Aerojet and NxGen, propose novel packaging and radiation hardening for demonstration of DACS electronics modules. The applications will range from high altitude missile interceptors propulsion to space boosters and satellite propulsion. Space Micro will develop a… More

Portable Surface Bondability Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Carl Edwards, Project Manager
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
An operator-friendly non-contact method capable of detecting any contaminant over a large area just prior to bonding is the ideal solution. Space Micro Inc. (SMI) Advanced Materials Division, in partnership with Vanguard Composites (VC) proposes to define and develop a novel inexpensive portable… More

Reconfigurable Miniature Transponder for Multimode L, S, X band Space Communication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Long Range Space RF Telecommunications seeks solutions for long range missions using modular deep space transponders with smaller size and lower power components. While reconfigurable signal processing is typically performed in FPGA's, RF hardware is not nearly as agile, but if it were (small high Q… More

Radiation Hardened, Reprogrammable Internet Protocol Encryptor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro, Inc. is proposing a reconfigurable HAIPE encryption system, with speeds capable of greater than 10 Gbps, meeting all of the radiation requirements expected in the TSAT (and similar) satellite applications. This innovative solution combines Space Micro's reconfigurable FPGA radiation… More

Composite-to-Metal Jointing Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UCLA
Principal Investigator: Michael Featherby, Senior Materials Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Gupta
Abstract:
The SMI approach is to evaluate the current joints, with particular attention to the failure locations and failure modes and make specific changes and improvements to these areas and increase the overall properties and efficiencies of the joints. One of the biggest mistakes that is still made is to… More

Novel Mitigation Techniques for Reconfigurable Computers for Space Based Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Czajkowski, Principal Investigator and CTO
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
The use of FPGAs in space applications is well understood, but there has always been the need to have an ability to reprogram such devices in the field. Until now, this was not possible without a great deal of risk due to rad effects, or a tremendous amount of additional circuitry to mitigate any… More

Space Weather Ion/Neutral Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Fennell, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro Inc., teamed with the US Air Force Academy Physics department, offer a novel yet producible solution to ultra miniature space weather instruments. Our approach features the following attributes and benefits: 1.Our instrument will address both neutral wind and thermal plasma 2.Ultra… More

Space Qualified, Radiation Hardened SDRAM Memory

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro has developed RHBD innovation hardening techniques, HF-Core Memory Controller and "Architecture" Hardening, that in combination with other known industry standard hardening techniques, plus the innovative use of embedded DRAM and ASIC technologies. We propose to apply these techniques… More

High Dynamic Range Tunable Filters for JTRS Software Defined Radios

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Project Manager
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro has developed three innovations addressing size and IP3/linearity needed in the JTRS software defined radio. These monolithic solutions are expected to be size and cost effective and realized with practical manufacturing methods. The innovations are a High Dynamic Range Digitally… More

Low Power Universal Direct Conversion Transmit and Receive (UTR) RF Module for Software Defined Radios

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Conventional software defined radio (SDR) backend signal processors are limited by apriori system definitions and respectively chosen RF hardware. Ideally, the RF sections would be as flexible as the software backends, accommodating widely differing bands and modulation long after fabrication and… More

Radiation Hardened, Miniaturized DACS Electronics for Interceptor and Satellite Control Systems.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
The Space Micro team will rapidly develop a miniature DACS electronics module which meets the MDA interceptor radiation threat. This unit will be more than 50X smaller than current lab devices, and be mechanically compatible with MDA propulsion contractor needs. In Phase II we will leverage the… More

Multi Gigahertz Hardened Processor For MDA HAENS Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Improved Approaches to Nondestructively Test Marine Aluminum Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Carl Edwards, Manager, Advanced Materia
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
The use of aluminum alloys in marine vessels introduces new problems in the maintenance of structures. Steel has a 'fatigue limit'. This means that if the stress is moderately low, the structure will never fail by fatigue. Aluminum alloys do not have such a limit, meaning that these alloys can… More

Space Qualified, Radiation Hardened Command, Power & Data Handling System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, CTO
Award Amount: $749,993.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Future military satellites, such as the Missile Defense Agency's Calibrated Orbiting Objects Project (COOP) satellite or the Air Force (ORS) Tacsat-5, will require a modular command, power and data handling avionics system that can be quickly and cost effectively modified to meet mission… More

Radiation Hard High Precision Agile Star Tracker

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,996.00
Abstract:
Space Micro, teamed with SAIC, Lockheed Martin, and Octant propose a high performance, rad hard star tracker based on proven CMOS APS device technology with integrated processing performed by our high performance rad hard single board computer. The approach that the Space Micro team will use in… More

Space Qualified, Radiation Hardened Command, Power & Data Handling System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, CTO
Award Amount: $749,993.00
Abstract:
Future military satellites, such as the Missile Defense Agency"s Calibrated Orbiting Objects Project (COOP) satellite or the Air Force (ORS) Tacsat-5, will require a modular command, power and data handling avionics system that can be quickly and cost effectively modified to meet mission needs. Many… More

Exploiting Commercial Microelectronics for Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro teamed with OptiComp, proposes to exploit commercial microelectronics to meet space radiation environments, thus enabling new DoD space programs. We will apply a variety of hardening techniques to COTS driver circuits, both proprietary and industry standard, which should allow the… More

Low Power Universal Direct Conversion Transmit and Receive (UTR) RF Module for Software Defined Radios

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
Conventional software defined radio (SDR) backend signal processors are limited by a priori system definition and RF hardware. Ideally, advanced SDR RF front-end sections would be as flexible as their software back-ends, allowing in-use or in-orbit reconfiguration of original bands and modulation… More

Reconfigurable RF Filters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro proposes to build upon our existing space microelectronics and hardening technologies and products, to research and develop a novel rad hard/tolerant RF filter device, which is capable of long life in space. This will leverage emerging commercial semiconductor technology used in an… More

Multicore Rad Hard Processing in Space

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro proposes to research and develop a high performance computing/processing platform for NASA space missions. Leveraging our previous work for both NASA and DoD we will apply our patented techniques for space radiation mitigation and hardening which will allow very advanced COTS processors… More

Intelligent, Reusable Software for Plug and Play Space Avionics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro proposes to build upon our existing space processing and hardening technologies and products e.g (Proton 200K), to research and develop reusable software for plug and play (PnP) for intelligent avionics and payload processing. This will leverage both AFRL and Space Micro R&D to meet… More

Lightweight, Reprogrammable Two Way Communications Avionics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Interceptor communication avionics are challenging to build due to a number of factors, including surviving the MDA-STD-001 radiation environment, small size, multiple frequency bands and an operational fading channel environment due to potential perturbations by nuclear weapons. Communication… More

Lightweight, On-Orbit Reprogrammable Two-Way Communications Payload

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, CTO
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Reconfigurable high altitude or satellite payloads providing communications relay functions are challenging to build due to a number of different factors, including the need for multiple frequency programmability, small size, low power, conduction cooling and poor reliability caused by radiation… More

Space Qualified, Radiation Hardened SDRAM Memory

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, CTO
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro has developed RHBD innovation hardening techniques, HF-Core Memory Controller and "Architecture" Hardening, that in combination with other known industry standard hardening techniques, plus the innovative use of embedded DRAM and ASIC technologies. We propose to apply these techniques… More

Space Qualified, Radiation Hardened, Dense Monolithic Flash Memory

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Radiation hardened nonvolatile memories for space is still primarily confined to EEPROM. There is high density effective or cost effective NVM solution available to space electronics designers. DoD, NASA, and DTRA R&D investment funding of CRAM, MRAM, and FRAM at the major players (BAE Systems and… More

Proton XBox Avionics for Responsive Space Missions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, Project Manager
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro, teamed with Redefine Technologies, proposes to develop a low power avionics suite of cards, called Proton XBox, to support DoD smallsat, nanosat, and even potentially Cubesat missions. This card suite can also be integrated into the TREADS space platform being developed by Redefine as a… More

Miniaturized Satellite Development for Responsive Space Missions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Czajkowski, CTO, Mgr RF Division
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro''s combined Phase I and II effort is targeted at demonstrating a finished and tested μSDR demonstration system. Circuit cards will be designed in detail, manufactured and integrated. In place of an operational ORS satellite waveform, Space Micro proposes to use similar waveforms,… More

Lightweight, Reprogrammable Two Way Communications Avionics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Chief Technical Officer
Award Amount: $1,500,000.00
Abstract:
Interceptor communication avionics embody number of challenging requirements, including surviving the MDA-STD-001 radiation environment, the necessity for small size, the use of multiple frequency bands and the need to operate in an environment where the link channels may be interrupted or… More

High Performance UHF Antenna for Nano-satellites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ronald Reeves, Senior RF Design Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The Space Micro team has design concepts fora high efficiency UHF antenna which has potential to meet Navy SPAWAR CubeSat/Nanosat future needs. Ability to work with the MUOS bandwidths will be demonstrated. Our approach will provide a conformal antenna subsystem in either 1U or 3U Cubesat dimensions… More

Exploiting Commercial Microelectronics for Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, President
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
The Space Micro team will develop both radiation hardened optoelectronic interface chips with guaranteed radiation performance for DoD and NASA space programs. The data rates will be in excess of 10 Gbps for space optical transceivers. We will leverage commercial off the shelf (COTS) semiconductor… More

Non-Hermetic Passivation/Coating Processes with Integrated Electromagnetic Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Carl Edwards, Division manager,Advanced
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
There is a need for EMI coating solutions for military electronics. Space Micro Inc has taken a novel approach to this opportunity and has a technology that leverages a new class of nanochemistry to create EMI protection in a thin organic layer. This can be applied to both electronic packages as… More

High Temperature Survivability Coating Materials with Innovative Application Processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Carl Edwards, Division manager,Advanced
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
As military aircraft and weapon systems achieve higher speeds and maneuverability, higher skin temperatures are seen on the outer surfaces, such as engine exhausts, motor combustion sections, inlet ducts, wing and fins and nose tips control fins and inlet ducts. Current materials are good as far as… More

Space Qualified, Radiation Hardened, Dense Monolithic Flash Memory

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro proposes to build a radiation hardened by design (RHBD) flash memory, using a modified version of our RH-eDRAM Memory Controller to solve all the single event effects issues (SEU, SEFI and multiple bit errors) using either a RHBD process with NAND Flash cells. The RH-eFlash will be… More

All Digital Switch-Mode DC/DC Converters with BIST Functionality for Harsh Space Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The Space MicroÂ?Arizona State University (ASU) team will develop an all-digitally controlled, wide temperature range point-of-load switch-mode DC-DC regulator core with built-in self-test (BIST) functionality which meets space radiation requirements. In Phase I we will produce a design that can be… More

New Process for Space Qualified Electronic Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UCSD
Principal Investigator: Carl Edwards, Mgr Advanced Materials – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $150,000.00
RI Contact: Sungho Jin
Abstract:
The Space Micro team is developing a novel material/process set to address the need to a new process for Space Qualified Electronic Components. The work employs existing material sets to reduce risk but implements them through nano technology material preparation and processes, thereby reaping the… More

Advanced Radiation Hard DACS Propulsion System Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David J. Strobel, Principal Investigator – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Space Micro, teamed with Aerojet Sacramento and NxGen Electronics, proposes manufacturing maturation of high performance, rad hard miniaturized DACS controller electronics for interceptors, space, and booster propulsion, based on both proven and emerging radiation hardening technologies and COTS… More

Radiation Hardened Interceptor Avionics for Ascent Phase Interceptor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Chief Operating Officer (COO) – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The Space Micro team proposes to dramatically reduce the Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) of a rad hard miniature image processing system (MIPS) for MDA interceptors using a combination of techniques. We are building upon and leveraging our existing heritage space hardware used for TacSat2 imaging,… More

Radiation Hardening Manufacturing Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bert Vermeire, Cheif Technical Officer – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Radiation hardened nonvolatile memories for space is still primarily confined to EEPROM. There is no high density effective or cost effective NVM solution available to space electronics designers. DoD, NASA, and DTRA R & D investment funding of CRAM, MRAM, and FRAM at the major players (BAE… More

Agile Space Radio (ASR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Chief Operating Officer (COO) – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Space Micro has developed unique and critically important technologies that solve all of these issues simultaneously, when combined with other industry standard satellite design practices can provide a reprogrammable, radiation hardened, scalable space grade communications radio. This… More

Advanced Reconfigurable Communications Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Joshua Patin, Senior RF engineer – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro will develop an electrically reprogrammable, Radiation Hardened Sampled IF Filter (RH-SIF) for use in space-based reconfigurable RF/microwave SATCOM subsystems. This technology aims to exceed the capability of traditional tunable filter technology. A programmable radio system must have… More

Cognitive Radio Spectrum Management and Waveform Adaptation for Advanced Wideband Space Communication Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Univerity of Arizona
Principal Investigator: David Strobel, Project Manager – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Dr.Mrwan Krunz
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Space Micro, a current producer of space-qualified radios, has partnered with the University of Arizona to develop an agile space radio. Space Micro will enhance its wideband spectrum sensing, modulation sensing and adaptive waveform transmission capabilities with the intelligent… More

Multi-Chip Module Maturation, Whole Wafer testing, and Reworkable Epoxy Bonding

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Georgia Inst. of Technology
Principal Investigator: Carl Edwards, Mgr. Advanced Materials – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $80,000.00
RI Contact: Jack Moon
Abstract:
The Navy is looking for a novel way to"test the functionality automatically of all the die on a wafer before it is diced to find the working die and then to mount the"known-good"die into a larger circuit in such a way that repair to the functionality of the whole can be accomplished… More

New Process for Space Qualified Electronic Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UCSD
Principal Investigator: Carl Edwards, Mgr. Advanced Materials – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $499,987.00
RI Contact: Sungho Jin
Abstract:
The Navy is looking to increase the availability of space grade components, such as resistors, which are sometimes single sourced. While DoD originally was the driver for and major customer of electronics components in the 1960"s, today the total DoD usage of electronics components is now lest… More

Agile cognitive space radio demo on ISS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael R. Jacox, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro's technology features the use of a FPMA or field programmabe microwave array that is Multi-band and multi-waveform capable. The FPMA can be integrated into a Multi-Chip Module (MCM)to enable SWaP (size weight and power) improvements.

Digitally intensive DC-DC converter for extreme space environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Bert R. Vermeire, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Abstract:
The Space Micro?Arizona State University (ASU) team will develop an all-digitally controlled, wide temperature range point-of-load switch-mode DC-DC regulator core with built-in self-test (BIST) functionality which meets space radiation requirements. In Phase I we will produce a design that can be… More

Long-Term Missile Aging Reliability Prediction for Advanced Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Carl Edwards, Principal Investigator – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro will develop an embedded technique to both predict and then monitor the long term aging effects in MDA fielded electronics. The primary failure mechanism for electronic parts e.g. (ICs) and PC board sis moisture causing corrosion. We will demonstrate by analysis in Phase I and by test in… More

High-Capacity Satellite Micro Common Data Link (uCDL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Project Manager – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Space Micro has developed unique and critically important technologies that solve all of these issues simultaneously, when combined with other industry standard satellite design practices can provide a reprogrammable, radiation hardened, satellite grade Common Data Link (CDL) transponder.… More

Light Weight Shielding for Satellite Protection from Severe Space Weather

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Carl S. Edwards, Mgr. Advanced Materials – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Size and weight issues are routinely addressed by reducing the number of components and/or boards required to perform a given function. This attention to the electronics components can produce SWAP reduction, however, the electronics enclosures can also represent a significant fraction of… More

Agile Space Radio (ASR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Jacox, Project Manager – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: A number of frequency bands are used by communication satellites including S-Band, X-band, Ku-Band, Ka-band, etc., using different modulation schemes, protocols, and interfaces. Unlike today"s quad-band cell phones that dynamically switch to the applicable frequencies to achieve… More

Advanced Reconfigurable Communications Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Strobel, CEO – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $734,235.00
Abstract:
Space Micro proposes to develop a new novel chip called a reconfigurable Sampled IF (SIF)filter IC, which will enable improved space communications systems. This chip is radiation hard to the harsh space radiation environment for DoD space assets. We propose to demo with an evaluation board for… More

High Performance UHF Antenna for CubeSats and Nano-satellites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David Strobel, CEO – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $1,744,542.00
Abstract:
Space Micro proposes to develop a space qualified antenna for CubeSat application. This antenna will meet all of the space environments including vacuum and radiation. It must be capable of integration with other space communications electronics and also compatible with CubeSat P-POD housing. Space… More

Lightweight, Reprogrammable Two Way Communications Avionics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David R. Czajkowski, Chief Technical Officer – (858) 332-0701
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
Interceptor communication avionics embody number of challenging requirements, including surviving the MDA-STD-001 radiation environment, the necessity for small size, the use of multiple frequency bands and the need to operate in an environment where the link channels may be interrupted or… More

Radiation Hardening Manufacturing Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bert Vermeire, Chief Technical Officer ( – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
Space Micro will prototype a rad hard microcontroller chip with embedded flash. This solution will enable use of advanced FPGAs in interceptors (and satellites). Space Micro will provide tested prototype chip hardware at the end of Phase II in addition to the typical SBIR reports. With program… More

Radiation Hard Monolithic SDRAM to Support DDR2 and DDR3 Architectures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Arizona State University (ASU)
Principal Investigator: Bert Vermeire, Chief Technical Officer (CTO)
Award Amount: $125,000.00
RI Contact: David Strobel
Abstract:
There is no rad hard SDRAM currently available to support DDR2 and DDR3 applications. Space Micro proposes to build a radiation hardened by design (RHBD) SDRAM memory, using a modified version of our HF-Core Memory Controller to solve all the single event effects issues (SEU, SEFI and multiple bit… More

Space Qualified Heterogeneous Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Bert Vermeire, Chief Technical Officer (CTO)
Award Amount: $124,675.00
Abstract:
Space Micro proposes to develop a radiation hardened, monolithic, heterogeneous processor for space imaging and radar systems. High performance processors are needed because many space systems generate copious amounts of sensor data at high data rates. The extraction of information from such data… More

Rad Hard Non Volatile Memory for FPGA BootLoading

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Bert Vermeire, Chief Technical Officer (CTO)
Award Amount: $124,590.00
Abstract:
Radiation-hardened non volatile memory is needed to store the golden copy of the image(s) has not kept pace with the advances in FPGAs. Consider that a single image of a Xilinx V5 typically is roughly 50 Mb large. If a designer wants to store several such images in a satellite, then a sizable amount… More

Digitally Intensive DC-DC Converter for Extreme Space Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Bert Vermeire, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $700,000.00
Abstract:
The Space Micro-Arizona State University (ASU) team will develop an all-digitally controlled, wide temperature range point-of-load switch-mode DC-DC regulator core with built-in self-test (BIST) functionality which meets space radiation requirements. In Phase II we will complete a design and… More

SATCOM Wideband digital channel analyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Jacox, Project and Engineering Manager – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Space Micro will develop an IF L-band (950-2150 MHz) digital channelizer that provides cost and SWaP advantages over the above implementations by leveraging low-cost silicon CMOS technology. Our key technology in this SBIR is the IF L-band digital channelizer to down-convert the entire… More

Hosted Payload Support Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bert Vermeire, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Space Micro proposes to leverage existing radiation hardened electronics architecture coupled with state-of-the-art cryptographic solutions to provide a hosted payload interface package. This hardware has flight heritage, and its modularity has proven the ideal platform for a wide variety… More

W and V Band Satellite Transceiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Jacox, Engineering Manager – (858) 332-0700
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Space Micro proposes to mitigate key technology risks to enable development of future satellite communication architectures using W-band (for uplink) and V-band (for downlink). An innovative approach to enable a very wideband modem for W/V band MILSATCOM applications is described and a… More