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Miniaturized Nightglow Interferometer for Monitoring Emissions from a CubeSat

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC21C0474
Agency Tracking Number: 204663
Amount: $749,970.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S5
Solicitation Number: SBIR_20_P2
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-07-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-07-07
Small Business Information
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2285
United States
DUNS: 969868298
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Wilbert Skinner
 (734) 975-8777
Business Contact
 Dawn Turner
Phone: (734) 975-8777
Research Institution

Michigan Aerospace Corporation proposes to design and construct an engineering model version of a remote-sensing instrument, based around a Fabry-Perot interferometer, for sensing thermospheric winds and temperatures from anbsp;CubeSat-class satellite.nbsp;This instrument will provide an important, relatively inexpensive and compact means for measuring important elements of the state of the thermosphere, with implications for improving space weather observations and forecasts and improving the modeling of the solar/terrestrial interaction. A relatively low-cost instrument on a cubesat allows for the possibility of multiple satellites in various orbit to obtain a more complete picture of the thermosphere than currently available from single platforms for a reasonable cost. Michigan Aerospacersquo;s extensive experience with Fabry-Perot interferometers and sensor systems based on them, including for thermospheric sensing, will help pave the path towards this programrsquo;s success.

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