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Nanosatellite Payloads for Tactical Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H9240520P0005
Agency Tracking Number: S193-001-0014
Amount: $148,786.80
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM193-001
Solicitation Number: 19.3
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-12-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-11
Small Business Information
120 Knowles Dr.
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States
DUNS: 119301831
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael G Solonenko
 Principle System Architect
 (408) 560-3500
Business Contact
 David Cushman
Phone: (408) 560-3500
Research Institution

CubeSats offer substantial reductions in operation and launch costs, while reducing time between request and employment of the capability. To address the USSOCOM needs, SA Photonics proposes an Infra-red Multispectral Imager for CubeSats (IMICS). IMICS collects diffraction-limited hyperspectral earth imagery, allowing identification of personnel, operating vessels / vehicles, structures and terrain type. The obtained imagery is spectrally analyzed in the LWIR, improving positive classification of targets. Leveraging fundamental merits of LWIR hyperspectral imaging (HSI), SA Photonics will modify its existing compact HSI design for the CubeSat payload. This 6U form factor adaptation implies provisioning for multi-satellite HSI data fusion resulting in better image SNR and resolution. The multi-satellite network HSI data fusion will be developed post-Phase II, enabling enhancements to image signal and resolution, leading to improved ISR utility and reliability. Ultimately, the IMICS will enable the warfighter—after rapidly connecting to a satellite via conventional means—to have a day/night tactical overview of the battlefield with sub-diffraction limited resolution. After the satellite network enhancement, the imagery will allow an unprecedented level of detail for the form factor, sufficient to identify smaller structures, vehicles, troop formations and even a single person.

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