REComm- ReEntry and Hypersonic Vehicle Plasma Communications System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,991.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8718-06-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-217-2066
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ELECTRODYNAMIC APPLICATIONS, INC.
P.O. Box 131460, Ann Arbor, MI, 48113
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
610511334
Principal Investigator:
David Morris
Senior Engineer
(734) 786-1434
morris@edapplications.com
Business Contact:
David Morris
Senior Engineer
(734) 786-1434
morris@edapplications.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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