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Hypersonic Glider Detection Satellite (HGDSaT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-22-P-0582
Agency Tracking Number: FX20C-TCSO1-0316
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF20C-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.C
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-01-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-04-10
Small Business Information
282 Century Place, Suite 1000
Louisville, CO 80027-1111
United States
DUNS: 601975803
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Patrick McBride
 (303) 993-8039
Business Contact
 Rachel Hauser
Phone: (303) 993-8039
Research Institution
 University of Colorado Boulder-Office of Contracts and Grants
 Melissa Dunivant
3100 Marine Street, 572 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0572
United States

 (303) 735-6692
 Nonprofit College or University

Our technology for this AFWERX open topic is a CubeSat payload designed to detect hypersonic gliders, an evolving threat that is more maneuverable and faster than more traditional weapons systems. Using complex fluid dynamics modeling, our team determined the temperature distribution on the surface of a glider and modeled the resulting emissive radiance at the top of the atmosphere. This follow-on Phase II effort will focus on two paths: (1) Integration and assembly of an engineering unit that results from the Phase I design and (2) a continuation of the modeling effort to more thoroughly understand the glider characteristics and the resulting signals and how they propagate through the atmosphere. The engineering unit will allow for hardware development to begin, while the modeling effort will inform future designs.

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