Low Cost Deployable Calibration Structure

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-09-M-0163
Agency Tracking Number: F083-224-1464
Amount: $99,953.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-224
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Composite Technology Development, Inc.
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D, Lafayette, CO, 80026
DUNS: 161234687
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Taylor
 Principle Engineer
 (303) 664-0394
 robert.taylor@ctd-materials.com
Business Contact
 Lori Pike
Title: Sr. Finance and Contracts
Phone: (303) 664-0394
Email: lori.pike@ctd-materials.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The U.S. has an inadequate capability to precisely calibrate ground and space-based Space Situational Awareness (SSA) sensors (U.S. SOSI system) with objects of known signatures. There is a need for a low cost, space-based capability that provides simultaneous electro-optical (EO), infrared (IR), and radio-frequency (RF) characteristics to calibrate the U.S. SOSI system. This enhanced U.S. SOSI system capability will enable the U.S. to maintain our space capabilities for executing space control missions, ensuring freedom of action in space, and supporting defensive space control (DSC) by providing the ability to detect and characterize an attack and timely determine object/owner intent capability and intent. Combining the attributes of consistent targets for simultaneous observation of EO, IR and RF in a simple calibration target has not been achieved by inflatable targets to date. Combining CTDs TEMBO® shape memory composites, Raytheon Corporations proprietary technology, and a radar corner reflector into the proposed Q-Sphere these requirements can be achieved, and at a reasonable cost. BENEFIT: Combining these optical, RF, and IR attributes into a single, inexpensive and robust target requires a simple deployment system that can expand the target from a compact stowed format and maintain the deployed shape indefinitely on orbit. This technology can also be utilized as a rapidly deployed decoy to mitigate against external satellite threats.

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