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Proximity Inspection Sensor Array and Remote Radio Frequency Diagnostic Tool

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
20145 Ashbrook Place Ashburn, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Proximity Inspection Sensor Array and Remote Radio Frequency Diagnostic Tool
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F29601-02-C-0090
Award Amount: $99,535.00


"A significant problem for stakeholders in large satellite systems is the difficulty of getting data about these systems when it counts the most - in orbit and during critical anomalous situations. Near-field diagnostic tools - including visual andinfrared images and close-range radio frequency measurements - are now becoming feasible to examine performance, anomalies, and failures on orbit.AeroAstro proposes the conceptual development of a sensor suite for satellite inspection. The goal is to develop a `toolbox' for inspection and failure diagnosis, and to study how this would be implemented on a mission such as XSS-11.AeroAstro will focus on the development of an RF probe, which could be used in space to inspect the RF signals emanating from a target satellite. This probe would be much like an intelligent spectrum analyzer, which when used in conjunction with acalibrated, wide-bandwidth antenna would be capable of signal level, classification, and quality measurements of a target satellite's transponders, antennas, waveguide assemblies, and near-field RF emissions.Based on patented conceptual work already completed by AeroAstro, the RF probe high-level design relies on straightforward RF technology. Commercial-off-the-shelf components will be used wherever possible, and AeroAstro will leverage other ongoing RF workfor certain components where applicable. AeroAstro will develop a conceptual satellite diagnostic `toolbox' and appl

Principal Investigator:

Ray Zenick
Senior Engineer

Business Contact:

David J. Goldstein
VP, Business Development
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aeroastro, Inc.
520 Huntmar Park Drive Herndon, VA 20170

EIN/Tax ID: 541931506
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No