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Sub-Scale Fly Along Sensor Package



TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Electronics, Sensors, Space Platforms

The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 5.4.c.(8) of the solicitation.

OBJECTIVE: Develop an innovative suite of miniaturized sensors that can be deployed from current Associated Object (AO) canisters flown on missile test targets and can be used to collect data on the target scene.

DESCRIPTION: Missile test targets often include AO deployment canisters which could be used to house small, deployable, fly along sensors to collect data on a target scene. This topic seeks innovative miniaturized sensor designs that can be packaged into and deployed from one or more of the AO canisters. This innovative Fly Along Sensor Package (FASP) should be designed to fit within the volume constraints of either of two AO cylinder’s outer mold lines (12 in. diameter X 29in. long or 6 in diameter X 29 in. long). Once deployed from the AO canister, the FASP should be capable of orienting itself to collect data on multiple objects throughout the course of the mission and telemeter the data to the ground or to another instrumented object capable of relaying the data to ground. The proposed FASP should be designed to incorporate a variety of sensor types (e.g., spectrometer, IR/VIS camera, etc.) and include the associated interface electronics and the AO canister deployment mechanism. The deployed FASP should also be designed to minimize radar cross section and IR signatures and be able to survive (collect and transmit data) during re-entry.

PHASE I: Provide a preliminary design concept of the FASP and its associated features and limitations. Demonstrate thorough understanding of the AO canister design restrictions and identify sensor and navigation technologies necessary to accomplish the basic FASP concept. Develop the system design approach and discuss transition from Phase I through Phase III/commercialization.

PHASE II: Construct a working prototype of the FASP conceptualized in Phase I. Demonstrate proper fit and operation with the AO canister. Demonstrate proper operation of the suite of sensors available for the prototype and navigation/control system via test or analysis. Develop a data collection plan and demonstrate its proper operation.

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Integrate finalized prototype into the current government mission planning. Verify that flight test hardware can be tested and develop the final flight-worthy FASP. Conduct flight test/analyses of the FASP hardware and ensure that data obtained from the FASP will be collectable and usable by post-mission government analysts.


  • U.S. Missile Defense Agency. November 3, 2015. Ballistic Missile Defense System. Retrieved from
  • U.S. Department of Defense. Undated. Ballistic Missile Defense Review. Retrieved from

KEYWORDS: associated object, fly along sensor package, navigation


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