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Low-Cost Small Satellites with Thermal Infrared ISR Capability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-22-P-0590
Agency Tracking Number: FX212-CSO1-1336
Amount: $49,950.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF212-CSO1
Solicitation Number: X21.2
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-02-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-05-10
Small Business Information
102 Pinnacle Drive
Fremont, OH 43420-7400
United States
DUNS: 928298983
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Philip Putman
 (567) 401-1064
Business Contact
 Philip Putman
Phone: (567) 401-1064
Research Institution

Sierra Lobo has developed a long wave infrared imager for Earth surface temperature measurement, as well as a cubesat designed around the imager. Although the imager’s primary purpose is generation of data for weather and climate models, the imager could be repurposed for ISR. The instrument and cubesat are designed for production at low cost, making it affordable to deploy a constellation of cubesats for low revisit times (< 24 hr). We propose in Phase I to define Air Force/Space Force needs, identify potential modifications to the imager, and perform conceptual design of constellations incorporating the imager. Successful completion of Phase I would lead to building a cubesat in Phase II for integration with the imager. A demonstration mission would follow Phase II.

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