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Networked Cubesat RF Sparse Array System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
91923
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
09SB2-0314
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Espace Inc.
30 Lynn Avenue Hull, MA 02045-2216
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Networked Cubesat RF Sparse Array System
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0048
Award Amount: $98,734.00
 

Abstract:

We propose to design, develop, build and fly the elements of an orbiting large-baseline sparse array antenna system (RFSAS) using a cluster of cubesats. RFSAS will function effectively as an antenna with aperture adjustable from several meters to tens of kilometers, providing a range of sensing performances that cannot be achieved on a single spacecraft, and is very costly to deploy with traditional spacecraft technologies. RFSAS will open new capabilities for earth monitoring and space observations, with applications in: solar physics and geophysics; imaging of solar activity and coronal mass ejections in the low frequency range below the atmospheric cut-off; space weather monitoring and warning; and precise localization of RF sources and bursts on earth and in space. RFSAS antenna elements and array processing capabilities are distributed between cubesats. A prototype set of cubesats designed for a specific RFSAS application and their ground system will be prepared for launch and operations, to test and demonstrate the RFSAS system capabilities. High performance space-based sparse array antennas can then be assembled by multiplying low-cost copies of the prototype cubesat elements.

Principal Investigator:

Fran+ois Martel
President
7819253893
fm@space.mit.edu

Business Contact:

Jessica Sayward
Treasurer
5089470486
sayjess@verizon.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

ESPACE, INC.
30 Lynn Avenue Hull, MA 02045

EIN/Tax ID: 043321328
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No