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6U CubeSat EO/IR Solutions for Operational Weather Demo

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-19-P-0629
Agency Tracking Number: F191-006-1261
Amount: $74,981.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF191-006
Solicitation Number: 19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-07
Small Business Information
51 East Main Street Suite 201
Newark, DE 19711
United States
DUNS: 805473951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Dillon
 Director of Engineering, Senior Scientist II
 (302) 286-5191
Business Contact
 Ahmed Sharkawy
Phone: (302) 286-5191
Research Institution

In this Phase I Air Force SBIR program, Phase Sensitive Innovations seeks deployment of a hyperspectral microwave photonic radiometer operating full band at V-Band (50-75 GHz) and/or G-Band (110-300 GHz) with 1 GHz spectral resolution on a 6U CubeSat bus in polar orbit for remote sensing applications. Our payload consumes about 2U, while 4U are available for avionics (e.g. attitude control, power, communications, etc.). We propose a standard cross-track scanning system that allows two-temperature calibration and a swath width of about 1000 km from LEO. The rotating mirror feeds the antenna on our payload, which encompasses a microwave photonic processor with optical dispersive element on the back-end to achieve hyperspectral operation across very large bandwidths, perhaps hundreds of contiguous channels spanning 20-240 GHz with 800 MHz resolution. Such improved spectral resolution and increased number of detection channels provides a much richer sky brightness temperature data set, resulting in greater altitude resolution and demonstrated better retrieval accuracy of key atmospheric parameters. Additionally, the approach provides benefits for RFI mitigation. The superior performance of our 6U CubeSat sensor solution translates into improved weather nowcasting and forecasting capability for USAF concepts of operations.

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