Radiation-Hardened Stretched Lens Array

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-06-C-7373
Agency Tracking Number: 05-0114T
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-T013
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1077 Chisolm Trail, Keller, TX, 76248
DUNS: 108935420
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark O'Neill
 (817) 379-0100
Business Contact
 Mark O'Neill
Title: President
Phone: (817) 379-0100
Email: mjoneill@entechsolar.com
Research Institution
 Henry Brandhorst
 Space Research Institute 231 L
Auburn University, AL, 36849
 (334) 844-5894
 Nonprofit college or university
The DOD conducts strategic space missions in order to protect national security. Some of these missions fly in high-radiation orbits, where the radiation damage to the array limits lifetime, therefore compromising mission capability. In addition, rogue nations or terrorists might someday detonate a nuclear weapon at high altitude, hence adding substantial radiation to the natural belts, causing premature satellite losses. ENTECH and Auburn University propose to develop a Stretched Lens Array Technology Experiment (SLATE) to flight-validate this radiation-tolerant array. The Stretched Lens Array (SLA) offers unprecedented performance (>80 kW/sq.m. stowed power, >300 W/sq.m. areal power, and >300 W/kg specific power) and cost-effectiveness (50-75% savings in $/W compared to conventional solar arrays). SLA achieves these outstanding attributes by employing flexible Fresnel lenses for optical concentration (e.g., 8X), thereby minimizing solar cell area, mass, and cost. SLA’s small cell size (85% less cell area than planar high-efficiency arrays) also allows super-insulation and super-shielding of the solar cells to enable high-voltage operation and radiation hardness in the space environment. After SLATE, SLA’s demonstrated high performance and radiation tolerance, coupled with its substantial mass and cost advantages, will lead to many applications, not only for DOD missions, but also NASA and commercial missions.

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