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Low Voltage Cryocooler Electronics for Small Satellites

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0479
Agency Tracking Number: 205162
Amount: $124,663.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S1
Solicitation Number: SBIR_20_P1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-03-01
Small Business Information
6741 Brentwood Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92648-9264
United States
DUNS: 079887244
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Carl Kirkconnell
 (714) 222-0424
Business Contact
 Carl Kirkconnell
Phone: (714) 222-0424
Research Institution

The proposed development of an extremely miniaturized (lt; 2 in3) cryocooler control electronics module addresses the immediate need for radiation hardened controllers to pair with existing and emerging small (lt;300 g) cryocoolers to support the implementation of infrared sensing capability on small satellites, all the way down to 2U (10 x 10 x 20 cm). This research makes relevant to the small sat industry the recent tactical cryocooler developments focusing on hot midwave infrared (HMWIR), nominally 120K to 150K operation. West Coast Solutions, teamed with Creare, proposes to apply decades of experience and success in novel cryocooler electronics (CCE) solutions to the development of the industryrsquo;s first radiation hard CCE targeting this new class of low voltage, low power cryocoolers. Longer term, the proposed effort is strongly leveraged by ongoing Missile Defense Agency-funded small satellite cryocooler development efforts to improve even further upon the current state of the art in miniature coolers. Phasenbsp;I simulations, design, and hardware demonstrations will lead into the detailed design, build, test, and qualification of a flight-ready prototype in Phase II.

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