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Deployable Modular Integrated Sensor System (DMISS)


OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Trusted AI and Autonomy; Integrated Sensing and Cyber; Advanced Infrastructure &   Advanced Manufacturing; Advanced Materials


The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals (FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with the Announcement. Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws.


OBJECTIVE: Develop an innovative sensor system that deploys from existing missile test target mechanical deployment interfaces with the primary goal of test scene data collection.


DESCRIPTION: Missile test targets house existing mechanical deployment systems, which could be repurposed to support small fly-along systems to collect data on a target scene.  This topic seeks innovative designs for a DMISS that prioritizes the use of low-cost or commercial off deployment mechanism and meet all existing test target electrical and mechanical interface requirements.  Once deployed from the target, the DMISS should be capable of orienting itself to collect data on multiple objects throughout the course of the mission and telemeter the data to another instrumented object or flight vehicle for transmission to ground.  The proposed DMISS should incorporate a variety of sensor types (e.g., spectrometer, Infrared(IR)/Visible(VIS) camera, etc.) and support multiple sensor configurations to meet mission-specific needs.  The deployed DMISS should exhibit a minimal Radar Cross Section (RCS) and IR signature and survive to collect and transmit data during re-entry.


The Direct to Phase II effort would involve the design and construction of a working prototype of the DMISS concept, demonstrate proper fit and operation with the mechanical deployment system interface.  Demonstrate proper operation of the suite of sensors available for the prototype and navigation/control system via test or analysis. Develop a data collection plan and demonstrate its proper operation.  The system should obtain TRL 6 upon Direct to Phase II completion.


PHASE I: Phase I-like proposals will not be evaluated and will be rejected as nonresponsive.  For this topic, the Government expects the small business would have accomplished the following in a Phase I-like effort via some other means, e.g., independent research and development (IRAD) or other source, a concept for a workable prototype or design to address, at a minimum, the basic capabilities of the stated objective above.  Proposal must show, as appropriate, a demonstrated technical feasibility or nascent capability.  The documentation provided must substantiate the proposer’s development of a preliminary understanding of the technology to be applied in their Phase II proposal in meeting topic objectives.  Documentation should comprise all relevant information including but not limited to, technical reports, test data, prototype designs/models, and performance goals/results.  Feasibility = maturity and what have you already done/validated.  


Proposers interested in participating in Direct to Phase II must include in their responses to this topic Phase I feasibility documentation that substantiates the scientific and technical merit and Phase I feasibility described in Phase I above has been met.  (i.e., the small business must have performed a proof of concept like “Phase I” component and/or other validation in a relevant environment, and/or at a much higher TRL level (5 or higher) and describe the potential commercialization applications.  The documentation provided must validate that the proposer has completed development of technology in previous work or research completed.)


IRAD work, previous Phase I/Phase II work:  Documentation should include the most relevant information including, but not limited to:  technical reports, test data, prototype designs/models, and/or performance goals/results.  Work submitted within the feasibility documentation must have been substantially performed by the proposer and/or the principal investigator (PI).


PHASE II: Design, construct, test, and build a working flight-ready prototype of the DMISS based on the Phase I effort.  The DMISS system must have its own ejection mechanism with the ability to maneuver once ejected from the flight vehicle.  Additionally, it must be able to move and point its on-board sensors to multiple objects of interest.  An Interface Control Document, detailing mechanical and electrical interfaces, would be developed to enable the use of multiple low size, weight, and power sensors in the RF, IR, and Vis areas.  Ground testing must show the functionality of the system and be environmentally tested to simulate the flight environments.


PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Integrate the finalized DMISS prototype into future government mission planning.  Verify and conduct tests to demonstrate the DMISS can provide support for different mission types depending on the different sensors required and translating and pointing to different locations to meet mission requirements.  Conduct flight/ground test analyses to ensure all data can be collected from the DMISS sensors and transmitted to the launch vehicle.



  1. U.S. Missile Defense Agency. November 3, 2015.  Ballistic Missile Defense System.  Retrieved from
  2. U.S. Department of Defense. Undated. Ballistic Missile Defense Review. Retrieved from http:/


KEYWORDS: Deployable; Sensors


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