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New Sensing Capabilities for Space Situational Awareness

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
82280
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-292-2231
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AEROASTRO, INC.
20145 Ashbrook Place Ashburn, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: New Sensing Capabilities for Space Situational Awareness
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9453-07-M-0118
Award Amount: $99,830.00
 

Abstract:

AeroAstro proposes to develop a wideband, broad area coverage RF sensor (antenna and receiver) capable of detecting the electromagnetic interference (EMI) generated during a spacecraft's nominal operations. This EMI is an exploitable form of RF MASINT, specifically unintended radiated emissions (URE), and could provide useful information if detected, identified, and characterized. Development of a wideband RF sensor could allow detection of space objects and could cue or tip-off more capable imaging sensors for focused characterization. In addition to detecting presence, a wideband RF sensor could also be used to evaluate a spacecraft's health and on-orbit status and provide characterization information of its hardware, equipment, and components. AeroAstro's extensive research into terrestrial URE collection and our initial testing against actual spacecraft components has revealed that an effective small size, low weight, power, and cost space-qualified sensor could be developed and potentially integrated as a standard payload to future high value space assets or as an anomaly characterization payload on small microsat/nanosat class satellites.

Principal Investigator:

Jay Wilson
Principal Investigator
3037982121
jay.wilson@aeroastro.com

Business Contact:

Brenda Gravelle
Director of Space Marketing
3037982121
brenda.gravelle@aeroastro.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AEROASTRO, INC.
20145 Ashbrook Place Ashburn, VA 20147

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