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E-field Instrument for CubeSats

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F112-083-2386
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF112-083
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates
5777 Central Avenue, Suite 221 Boulder, CO 80301-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: E-field Instrument for CubeSats
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA9453-12-M-0057
Award Amount: $149,996.00
 

Abstract:

ABSTRACT: The Air Force and other DoD components require accurate knowledge of the ionospheric environment to understand and predict its impacts on vital radio-based systems, including communications, navigation, and surveillance systems. In response to the STTR Topic AF112-083 we propose to develop a conceptual design for a miniature, low-cost, lightweight, high sensitivity electric field instrument using the double probe technique to provide in-situ measurements of ionospheric electric fields. Our focus will be on developing a new electric field sensor that meets or exceeds the performance of SSIES, yet has significantly smaller mass and power requirements such that it can fly on CubeSats or nano-satellites. The new design will also be Space Plug-and-Play Avionics (SPA) compatible. The name of the new instrument is DIME (Double-probe Instrumentation for Measuring E-fields). DIME will draw heavily from the lessons learned in developing the electric field instrument for the DICE mission. It also benefits from ASTRA"s experience with Space Plug-n-Play Avionics (SPA). BENEFIT: The DIME (Double-probe Instrumentation for Measuring E-fields) sensor is a new electric field sensor that meets or exceeds the performance of SSIES, yet has significantly smaller mass and power requirements such that it can fly on CubeSats or nano-satellites. The new design will also be Space Plug-and-Play Avionics (SPA) compatible, so it can contribute to the efforts that are underway to develop complete PnP satellite systems built on a SPA backbone using SPA components. It is suitable for mass-production, and is expected to populate the fleets of CubeSats that are expected to fly in the near-future. Small size and low operating power enable the DIME sensor to fly on any spacecraft from the smallest (CubeSat) to the largest.

Principal Investigator:

Geoffrey Crowley
President/Chief Scientist
(210) 834-3475
gcrowley@astraspace.net

Business Contact:

Geoffrey Crowley
President/Chief Scientist
(210) 834-3475
gcrowley@astraspace.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates
5777 Central Avenue, Suite 221 Boulder, CO -

EIN/Tax ID: 202946717
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No