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Stable, Programmable, Solid State Solar Simulator for Long Duration Testing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-19-P-0020
Agency Tracking Number: F182-027-0898
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-027
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-11-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-11-30
Small Business Information
6457 Howard Street, Niles, IL, 60714
DUNS: 135553472
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chris Youtsey
 (847) 588-3001
 cyoutsey@mldevices.com
Business Contact
 Noren Pan
Phone: (847) 588-3001
Email: npan@mldevices.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Testing of materials and systems for satellites requires compact, stable and cost-effective solar simulators that accurately present the full AM0 spectrum, which spans a broad wavelength range from 200-2500 nm. Solar simulators typically use xenon or deuterium gas-discharge lamps, which can provide substantial power output in the ultraviolet (UV) and visible spectral ranges. Incandescent lamps are best suited for generating infrared radiation. The key disadvantage of gas-discharge light sources is that they are expensive, large, inefficient, and provide inconsistent power output over time. There is an important need for next-generation light sources that address these shortcomings. This development effort will demonstrate the feasibility of applying the latest generation of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to generate the full AM0 spectrum. This will enable solid-state AM0 solar simulators that are exceptionally compact and lightweight (less than 6-inches thick including heatsinks), with excellent stability over thousands of hours of operation. The estimated cost will be less than one third of conventional arc-lamp based sources.

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