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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until April, 2020.

  1. Control Electronics for Space-Qualified Cryogenic Coolers

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: MDA17T003

    Future MDA space missions will utilize small spacecraft with correspondingly small, advanced sensor systems.Cooling of these sensors is required to decrease detector noise and increase detector sensitivity by maintaining the detector at a reduced operating temperature.The cooling system comprises a mechanical cryocooler and its control electronics, both of which are critical technologies to enable ...

    STTR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  2. Green Monopropellant Thruster TRL Maturation Scaling Effort

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: MDA12T008

    Diode-Pumped Alkali Lasers (DPALs) have great potential for high-energy lasers. Proper design of these systems is challenging because many interrelated processes impact their performance, and critical kinetic rate coefficients are not well known. In response, our team is developing a comprehensive physics-based analysis/design tool, and experimentally determining key kinetic rate coefficients. The ...

    STTR Phase II 2018 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  3. Lightweight Fiber Reinforced Aluminum Components for Missile Structures

    SBC: TOUCHSTONE RESEARCH LABORATORY LTD (INC)            Topic: MDA18006

    The Missile Defense Agency is searching for innovative technologies to implement in future interceptor missiles and kill vehicles that will produce weight savings within the systems. To answer this need, Touchstone Research Laboratory proposes to develop fiber reinforced aluminum (FRA) metal matrix composite components to replace those that were originally made from Ti-6-4. The FRA is able to reta ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  4. Model for Reserve Battery Gas Generators

    SBC: Erigo Technologies LLC            Topic: MDA08022

    Reserve lithium oxyhalide and silver/zinc batteries are power sources of choice for many missiles and other weapons systems. These batteries achieve long shelf life by storing the liquid electrolyte separately in a reservoir. Upon activation, the electrolyte is injected quickly into the battery cells, most often using a pyrotechnic gas generator. The overall design of the activation system is a ...

    SBIR Phase I 2009 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  5. Advanced Divert and Attitude Control Systems (DACS)

    SBC: FMW COMPOSITE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: MDA08005

    FMW Composite Systems, Inc., in collaboration with Aerojet (OEM), proposes to develop nano-enhanced titanium alloy components for advanced light weight Divert and attitude control systems (DACS), which are capable of replacing current materials to achieve improved performance, net weight reductions, improve producibility, improve reliability, and lower cost. A plan of approach will be developed us ...

    SBIR Phase I 2009 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  6. An Advanced Thermal Management System for Gimbal-Mounted Sensors

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: MDA07004

    Future missile detection systems will require improved thermal management for cooling gimbal-mounted sensors and optics. Current systems utilize cryocoolers placed on the gimbal, which necessitates the cryocooler heat to be rejected directly from the gimbal. A superior approach in terms of payload mass would locate the cryocooler warm elements on the stationary platform near the spacecraft heat ...

    SBIR Phase II 2009 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  7. Development of Very Long Wave Infrared Detectors Based on Type-II Strained Layer Superlattices

    SBC: QmagiQ, LLC            Topic: MDA07T003

    QmagiQ and the University of New Mexico (UNM) propose to combine their respective strengths in focal plane array (FPA) design/fabrication and InAs/GaSb strained layer superlattice (SLS) material growth to develop high quantum efficiency very longwave infrared (VLWIR) FPAs with cutoff wavelength > 14 microns. UNM will optimize VLWIR SLS material growth and QmagiQ will focus on converting the UNM m ...

    STTR Phase II 2009 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  8. DISCRIMINATING DECOYS FROM MISSILE TARGETS BY ABSOLUTE TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT WITH MULTI-COLOR INFRARED FOCAL PLANE ARRAYS

    SBC: QmagiQ, LLC            Topic: MDA08002

    A precise measurement of a target’s temperature and emissivity will enhance a missile seeker’s ability to discriminate between harmless decoys and lethal payloads, thereby improving the effectiveness of the nation’s antiballistic missile defense systems. We propose to apply multi-color infrared radiometry to solve this problem. How sensitive is the technique to the target emissivity in eac ...

    SBIR Phase I 2009 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  9. Carbon-Carbon/Carbon Foam/Aerogel Process for Integrated Aerostructure TPS

    SBC: TOUCHSTONE RESEARCH LABORATORY LTD (INC)            Topic: MDA08020

    Extreme heating conditions of future MDA missions are too severe for existing low-density systems (i.e., PICA – Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator); and existing high-density systems (i.e., carbon-carbon, carbon-phenolic) are too heavy and thermally inefficient. The proposed effort seeks to demonstrate the feasibility of wrapping a lightweight, rigid carbon foam with a carbon-carbon outerlayer ...

    SBIR Phase I 2009 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  10. An Advanced Thermal Management System for Gimbal-Mounted Sensors

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: MDA07004

    Future missile detection systems will require improved thermal management for cooling gimbal-mounted sensors and optics. Current systems utilize cryocoolers placed on the gimbal, which necessitates the cryocooler heat to be rejected directly from the gimbal. A far superior approach in terms of payload mass would locate the warm elements of the cryocooler on the stationary platform near the space ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency

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