REComm- ReEntry and Hypersonic Vehicle Plasma Communications System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8718-06-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number: F051-217-2066
Amount: $749,991.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-217
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 131460, Ann Arbor, MI, 48113
DUNS: 610511334
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 David Morris
 Senior Engineer
 (734) 786-1434
Business Contact
 David Morris
Title: Senior Engineer
Phone: (734) 786-1434
Research Institution
We propose to address the problem of communications blackout caused by the plasma layer around a hypersonic vehicle through the application of electric and magnetic fields to control the properties of this plasma layer. An embedded magnet integrated beneath a communications or GPS antenna along with electrodes on each side of the antenna will create electric and magnetic fields that accelerate the plasma past the antenna, reducing the plasma density over the antenna, therefore allowing communication. We call this the ReComm system. Key advantages of this approach over other possible solutions is that it is a lightweight adjustable system with minimal impact on the vehicle’s aerodynamic characteristics. During phase-I, particle and CFD simulation codes were developed to calculate the density and position of the plasma around a hypersonic vehicle at high and low altitudes, and the ReComm technique was demonstrated analytically and in simulations. The goals of phase-II are to demonstrate the ReComm effect experimentally and to extend the plasma and ReComm effect simulations to cover lower altitude scenarios than covered in Phase-I. An additional goal in phase-II is to create a flight system design providing cost estimates for inclusion of ReComm in a demonstration mission.

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