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Satellite Severe Space Weather Easily-Integrable Advanced Protection System

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Satellite Severe Space Weather Easily-Integrable Advanced Protection System
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA9453-11-M-0119
Award Amount: $99,997.00


ABSTRACT: To address the Air Force need for satellite protection in severe space weather, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Satellite Severe Space Weather Easily-Integrable Advanced Protection (SWEAP) system. This proposed system is based on a new design that uses in-house developed space weather monitoring sensors, novel hardware shielding, and error correction software. The innovative hardware shielding, which can be tuned on-the-fly depending on the severity of the space weather event, will provide a low overhead impact on the satellite design (<10% increase in size, weight, and power for circuits and systems, and no generation penalty for electronics components). As a result, this technology offers protection against the effects of extreme space weather phenomena with a low integration risk, which directly addresses the Air Force requirements for compatibility with existing military and government satellite design approaches. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of SWEAP by developing a design solution and verifying that it meets the objectives through modeling and laboratory experiments. In Phase II, a prototype system will be developed and characterized with a laboratory test setup to demonstrate improved space weather protection with overhead impact on existing and future satellite designs. BENEFIT: Military applications of the SWEAP technology will include space weather protection of communications and navigation satellites to ensure warfighters have full-time access to command, control, and communication assets. The Air Force can incorporate SWEAP into military satellite communications (SATCOM), which will benefit from the reduction in loss of communications links during periods of heightened solar activity. Potential commercial customers include the commercial airline industry because polar routes are highly susceptible to cancelation due to disruption by solar energetic particles. Such cancellations can represent costs of about $100k per flight for airlines. Integration of space weather protection into commercial airline avionics would greatly reduce such costs.

Principal Investigator:

John Matthews
Team Leader
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100 Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No