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Cryo-Vacuum FTS using COTS Parts for Sensor Responsivity Measurements

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-16-M-0048
Agency Tracking Number: F161-028-1872
Amount: $149,965.09
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF161-028
Solicitation Number: 2016.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-07-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-04-14
Small Business Information
1750 Kraft Drive, Suite 1007
Blacksburg, VA 24060
United States
DUNS: 962366758
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Vladimir Kochergin
 (540) 394-4040
Business Contact
 Elena Kochergina
Phone: (540) 394-4040
Research Institution

The AF seeks cryo-vacuum Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) system for use as a narrow-line infrared source for imaging sensor responsivity measurement characterization in space simulation test facilities. MicroXact Inc. proposes to develop a compact, portable, easily maintainable and upgradable by end user closed cycle refrigerator (CCR)-based FTS that will provide DoD, NASA and commercial users with a practical and cost effective solution. The key feature of the proposed cryo-vacuum FTS compared to competing approaches is the thermal conductivity management approach transferred from MicroXact cryogenic probe station technology, that reduces the thermal mass of the components to be cooled to below 30K, enabling the use of commercial-of-the-shelf CCRs , and tremendously reducing the cool-down time. In Phase I MicroXact will design the cryo-vacuum FTS and numerically demonstrate that it meets program objectives. In Phase II the prototype of cryo-vacuum FTS will be developed, tested at MicroXact and delivered to AFTC Arnold for qualification and testing. In Phase III MicroXact will transition the technology to manufacturing and will commercialize the cryo FTS.

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