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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. An Efficient 35 K Cryocooler Driven by Electrochemical Compressors

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: MDA09T007

    Next-generation missile defense systems will utilize infrared sensing technologies that will require efficient cooling at low temperatures. We propose to develop an innovative solid-state cryocooler that can provide cooling at temperatures below 35 K while rejecting heat at temperatures up to about 300 K. The cooler uses compact, efficient electrochemical compressors with no moving parts to enha ...

    STTR Phase I 2010 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  4. Comprehensive Model for Ambient Temperature, Electrolyte-Activated Reserve Batteries

    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 rapidly injected into the battery cells, most often using a pyrotechnic gas generator. The design of the system and the diagnosis of pe ...

    SBIR Phase II 2010 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  5. Ultrahigh Temperature Materials for Missile Defense Propulsion and Aerothermal Applications

    SBC: EXOTHERMICS, INC.            Topic: MDA09T002

    This proposal addresses the requirement to significantly improve the affordability, maintainability and performance of KKV DACS components. Exothermics and their Phase 1 partner Southern Research Institute will endeavor to increase the performance, lower the cost and enhance the technical property characteristics of SDACS and hypersonic components by examining the use of a new class of ultrahigh t ...

    STTR Phase I 2010 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  6. SLS Photodiodes Grown by MOCVD

    SBC: QmagiQ, LLC            Topic: MDA09013

    We propose to experimentally investigate MOCVD (Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition) as a technique for growing high-quality Type-II InAs/(In)GaSb SLS (Strained Layer Superlattice) photodiode epi material. In collaboration with the University of Maryland, our goal is to grow, process, and measure longwave infrared detector material and devices and compare them to identical MBE (Molecular Beam ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  7. Low Cost Multi Junction Solar Cells for Space Applications Incorporating Quantum Wells Sub Cells

    SBC: Spire Semiconductor, LLC            Topic: MDA09T005

    Spire Semiconductor proposes a novel MOCVD growth scheme that will substantially reduce the production costs of inverted multi-junction solar cells. Incorporating quantum well structures will be investigated as a means to improve device efficiency and end of life cell performance in the space environment. The theoretical target efficiency is 39.8% under the AM0 spectrum.

    STTR Phase I 2010 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  8. Development and Demonstration of High-Performance InAs/GaSb Superlattice Long Wavelength Infrared Focal Plane Arrays through Improved Sidewall Passiva

    SBC: Spire Semiconductor, LLC            Topic: MDA09014

    Dark current plays an essential role in the performance of LWIR InAs/GaSb SL-based FPAs. Previous improvements in material quality and device design have significantly suppressed bulk contributions to the dark current. The dark current due to surface defects becomes prominent with decreasing detector size, as in the case of high-resolution FPAs. Furthermore, for LWIR FPA with very small band gap e ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 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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