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Radiation Hard Interceptor Components Test Methods for Missile Defense

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Torch Technologies, Inc.
4035 Chris Drive Suite C Huntsville, AL 35802-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Radiation Hard Interceptor Components Test Methods for Missile Defense
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: W9113M-08-C-0043
Award Amount: $100,000.00


In our Phase I effort, we propose to develop a concept that addresses radiation hardening techniques for electro-optical sensor and electronics unit subsystems. This development will demonstrate feasibility of the concept to be incorporated into the BMDS architecture to provide reliable operation for its projected mission life. We will conduct research and analysis efforts to identify, investigate, and demonstrate unique electronics designs, test methods, and test hardware to mitigate the effects of radiation environments. This concept has merit to provide reliable operation of BMDS interceptors in perturbed environments consistent with high altitude nuclear bursts or prolonged natural space radiation. We will determine feasibility of inserting hardening and/or evaluating radiation hardened sensors using proposed concepts without significantly impacting sensor mass, cost and producibility. We will develop an experimental approach that demonstrates the radiation hardness capability of the concept. We will provide some initial modeling and analysis to support our conclusions. Our approach would be practical implementation with the existing Sensor HWIL capability to demonstrate our proposed concept.

Principal Investigator:

Neil Miller
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Kenneth Lones
Director of Contracts
Small Business Information at Submission:

4035 Chris Drive Suite C Huntsville, AL 35802

EIN/Tax ID: 731659533
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No