Agile, Adaptive, and Ad Hoc (AAA) Emergency 911 (E911) Communications, Space Situational Awareness (SSA), Missile Warning, and Weapon Targeting Networ

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,971.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-10-C-0044
Agency Tracking Number:
09SB2-0333
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB092-016
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Small Business Information
Pumpkin, Inc.
750 Naples Street, San Francisco, CA, 94112
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
052448474
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Kalman
President
(415) 584-6360
aek@pumpkininc.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Kalman
President
(415) 584-6360
aek@pumpkininc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Many of the 10,000 Hezbollah missiles fired at Israel in 2006 are the Fadj-3 rockets fired at Americans in Iraq. The Iron Dome, EAPS-ID, and Stunner anti-missile batteries can shoot-down millions of these shorter-range (under 70-250 km) missiles starting in 2010, but their cueing radars detect a limited portion of their trajectories which reduces their desirable 30-second intercept windows. Since 2007, China shot-down a satellite, a commercial Iridium satellite was destroyed by an undetected Russian satellite, and North Korea and Iran tested maneuvering warheads in space. The recently launched TacSat-3 and NFIRE satellites have 50-cm or larger aperture cameras that can detect these shorter-range rockets and ASAT collision hazards from orbit, but this is not their primary mission. An ad-hoc network of CubeSat satellites with agilely developed 7.5-cm cameras can communicate with each other and TacSat-3 using patented PeerSat Inter-Satellite Links to adapt tasking between cheap 7.5-cm and expensive 50-cm cameras to coordinate dramatically faster cueing for short-range missile defense, space situational awareness (SSA), and ASAT collision defense. PeerSat Links also provide Emergency 911 (E911) communications and immediate warnings to other orbiting spacecraft, and in-flight re-targeting to DARPA NetFires missiles or Stunner interceptors using weapon data links to counter-strike.

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