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Intelligent high performance optical imaging system for nano-spacecraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-17-P-0067
Agency Tracking Number: S171-003-0044
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM17-003
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-07-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-01-18
Small Business Information
148 E. Foothill Blvd., #202
Arcadia, CA 91006
United States
DUNS: 006590060
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Tony Tang
 Managing Director
 (408) 832-2585
Business Contact
 Tony Tang
Phone: (408) 832-2585
Research Institution

MEMS Start proposes to develop a novel, intelligent and cost-effective class of ultra-wide field-of-view, high resolution compact optical system for micro/nano spacecraft. Easily deployable nano-satellite constellation equipped with the proposed optical system and intelligent image processing for relevant data extraction would enable new capabilities of real-time continuous surveillance and communication over very large area. In this Phase I program, MEMS Start will develop a new optical system and evaluate its overall system performance (power, data, processing, etc.) and its compatibility to CubeSat platform. The proposed system will have > 40-100X increase in Ground Sample Distance (GSD) when compared to state-of-the-art space-based optical imaging system with similar field-of-view (FOV); and >18X increase in FOV, 6X faster lens system and 3X size reduction when compared to state-of-the-art miniature satellite optical imaging system with similar GSD and size (Figure 2). These proposed designs capabilities exceed those in other state-of-the-art systems. Such reduction in size, weight and power while having the proposed capabilities would enable new missions that previously not possible.

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