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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. Contamination-Free, Lightweight, Helium-Rubidium Vapor Circulation System

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: MDA12018

    Diode-Pumped Alkali Laser Systems (DPALS) require a uniform, steady, flowing mixture of helium and rubidium vapor at elevated pressure and temperature. Significant challenges exist because rubidium is a very reactive material. In response, our team is developing a contamination-free, all-metal, hermetic, circulation system based on gas-bearing turbomachines. Specific benefits include low mass, ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  4. Thermal Isolation of Nozzle Exit Cone Insulators

    SBC: Mentis Sciences, Inc.            Topic: MDA12027

    Mentis and SDC are developing materials suitable for operating in extreme environments, such as those experienced by exit nozzles in Throttleable Divert and Attitude Control Systems (TDCAS), or as thermal protection in ballistic missiles and payload delivery systems. A material characterization effort is required to establish accurate material properties at storage and operational conditions. Ap ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  5. Rain Erosion Modeling for Hypersonic Thermal Protection System (TPS) and Structures

    SBC: Mentis Sciences, Inc.            Topic: MDA05021

    Mentis Sciences (Mentis) is providing Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) line to produce a Radome Assembly (RA). Mentis focus is to assure all elements of the production process approaches a Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) 8. This effort requires developing processes and Design of Experiments (DOE) for controlling each element of production to assure quality and cost goals for meeting LRIP. ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  6. Advanced Infrared Focal Plane Arrays with Strained Layer Superlattice Detectors on Digital-Pixel Readout Integrated Circuits

    SBC: QmagiQ, LLC            Topic: MDA12T003

    We propose to combine QmagiQ's strained layer superlattice (SLS) sensor technology with MIT Lincoln Laboratory's novel digital pixel readout integrated circuit (DROIC) to realize an advanced longwave infrared digital focal plane array (DFPA) with high quantum efficiency, dynamic range, and operating temperature. In Phase I, we developed the basic SLS DFPA and demonstrated its extraordina ...

    STTR Phase II 2014 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  7. High Energy Laser (HEL) Analysis Tool with Experimentally Corroborated Diode-Pumped Alkali Laser (DPAL) Rate Coefficients

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: MDA12T008

    Proper design of Diode-Pumped Alkali Laser Systems (DPALS) 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 resulting product will be a user-friendly, high-fi ...

    STTR Phase II 2014 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Passive IR Sensors Based on High Quantum Efficiency P-on-N Type-II Strained Layer Superlattices

    SBC: QmagiQ, LLC            Topic: MDA06013

    We propose to develop a high-performance longwave infrared focal plane array (FPA) based on Type-II InAs/(In)GaSb strained-layer-superlattice (SLS) technology and deliver it packaged in a portable handheld CAMERA. In Phase 1, a matrix of recipes was designed and grown, several wafers were processed, arrays were fabricated and characterized, and material and process issues identified. In Phase 2, ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency

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