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Control Electronics for Space-Qualified Cryogenic Coolers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-18-C-7410
Agency Tracking Number: B17C-003-0030
Amount: $99,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA17-T003
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-03-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-09-27
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road, Hanover, NH, 03755
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bruce Pilvelait
 (603) 640-2316
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution
 Vanderbilt University
 Jeff Kauppila
 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN, 37235
 (615) 322-3981
 Nonprofit college or university
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 future missions.Creare proposes to develop high-reliability cryocooler control electronics that lead to unprecedented reductions in size and weight of the cooling system.During Phase I, we will work closely with our academic and commercial team partners to adapt earlier designs of cryocooler control electronics to achieve MDAs stated goals for total power, heat lift, controlled temperature, and low volume, while simultaneously providing high reliability and low or controlled vibration.During Phase II, we will continue working closely with our partners to fabricate and qualify protoflight high-reliability electronics with representative cryocoolers.Successful completion of this program will permit MDA to include cryogenically cooled advanced sensor systems for space-borne missions on small spacecraft with low power consumption, high efficiency, and low or controlled vibration.Approved for Public Release | 18-MDA-9522 (23 Feb 18)

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