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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proposes to develop fiber reinforced aluminum (FRA) metal matrix composite components to replace those that were originally made from Ti-6-4.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. Carbon Foam Lightning and Thermal Protection System

    SBC: TOUCHSTONE RESEARCH LABORATORY LTD (INC)            Topic: MDA14014

    Touchstone proposes to build on past thermal protection system (TPS) efforts and develop an innovative lightweight and low-cost system that provides protection from lightning strikes as well as from heat and atmospheric debris. This will be accomplished by utilizing a lightweight carbon foam (CFOAM) as the foundational material and varying the properties of the foam through choice of precursor an ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  5. High Performance Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) Focal Plane Array (FPA) Sensor for Missile Defense

    SBC: QmagiQ, LLC            Topic: MDA14021

    We propose to bandgap-engineer the antimony-based Group III-V compound semiconductor material system to realize a dualband focal plane array (FPA) made up of stacked multi-barrier Type-II strained layer superlattice (SLS) photodiodes. Two longwave infrared (LWIR) spectral bands will be imaged in alternate frames by using a readout multiplexer that flips the voltage bias across the FPA from frame ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  6. Ruggedized Ceramic Circuit Card Assemblies

    SBC: Micro-Precision Technologies            Topic: MDA13005

    Micro-Precision Technologies (MPT) will build, test, and deliver to military high-performance ceramic circuit card assemblies for the Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System (TDACS). Based on our commercially proven technology for ceramic-based hybrid microcircuit and multi-chip module manufacturing, we will meet the MDA requirements for increased solder toughness, reduced footprint and wei ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  7. Integrated Systems Materials and Design ImprovementComposite Baffled Telescope and Mirror Substrate Manufacturing

    SBC: Mentis Sciences, Inc.            Topic: MDA13006

    The proposed Phase II R&D includes continue development of the honeycomb fabrication method developed in Phase I to assure accuracy and repeatability of the process. MENTIS then proposes to fabricate prototype honeycomb sunshades for telescopes, including those with the secondary mirrors embedded in the honeycomb matrix. Using the composite baffled sunshade developed by MENTIS, BAE will perform ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  8. Tailored Ultrahigh Temperature Refractory Material Designs for Propulsion Applications

    SBC: EXOTHERMICS, INC.            Topic: MDA13025

    This Phase II SBIR proposal addresses the requirement to significantly improve the affordability and mission performance of SDACS propulsion components by embarking on a program to develop and optimize hafnium-based or hafnium hafnium nitride claddings for advanced structural insulator substrate materials of current interest to MDA programs.Phase II partner Materials Research & Design (MR&D), Wayn ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  9. 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
  10. Longwave Infrared Focal Plane Arrays for Missile Tracking at High Frame Rates

    SBC: QmagiQ, LLC            Topic: MDA07015

    Missile seekers would benefit from a focal plane array (FPA) that allowed high-speed single or multiple-windowing acquisition of the target or targets while maintaining situational awareness of the rest of the field of view. Such data reduction helps where bandwidth is limited, e.g. arrays with formats larger than 1Kx1K, allowing tracking of high-speed missiles at high frame rates. Readout multi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency

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