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Nanosatellite Payloads for Tactical Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H9240520P0007
Agency Tracking Number: S193-001-0035
Amount: $150,000.00
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): 2020-03-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-11
Small Business Information
440 San Antonio Avenue Suite 12
San Diego, CT 92106
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ron Reedy
 Chief Executive Officer
 (619) 997-1761
Business Contact
 Chuck Tabbert
Phone: (505) 400-4785
Research Institution

Skeyeon, Inc. has developed all technologies necessary to orbit an Earth Observation, EO, satellite at 250 km, developing a vehicle design; atomic oxygen resistant, low drag materials; high bandwidth, real-time RF links; electric propulsion for 3 year missions; and a 1 meter resolution optical telescope compressed into a 10 cm high framework. A constellation of 100’s-1,000’s of these vehicles will generate high resolution images at <1 hour revisit rates. This vision requires a vehicle cost of $250k, reducing to $100k in volume. Not only will an EO breakthrough, it also solves the space junk problem, since our vehicles will operate 100’s of km below LEO satellites with an expected de-orbit time of weeks. Skeyeon’s developments have been funded by multi-million dollar angel (small) investors and all but the telescope have been fully demonstrated. The first telescope requires a stray-light baffle that complicates vehicle design and attitude control. We also expect initially to achieve about 1.4 m measured resolution due to manufacturing limitations. With this SBIR funding, Skeyeon’s team will improve the telescope design by inserting internal stray-light baffles while improving resolution to the desired 1 m. We will also evaluate manufacturing elements that can reduce telescope production costs.

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