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Persistent EO from VLEO

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-C-0279
Agency Tracking Number: F2D-1031
Amount: $999,808.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF20R-DCSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.R
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-07-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-07-02
Small Business Information
515 Almeria Ave
El Granada, CA 94018-2393
United States
DUNS: 117013872
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Thein
 (619) 922-5328
Business Contact
 Christopher Thein
Phone: (619) 922-5328
Research Institution

Earth Observant Inc.’s (EOI’s) Direct to Phase II work will further the development of their Low Flying Bus (LFB) by incorporating the DoD’s desire for near real-time transmission of satellite optical imagery to the warfighter. To accomplish this, EOI will analyze the entire imagery chain to ensure the best possible outcome for the warfighter. The payload will be designed and prototyped with special emphasis on understanding and documenting the entire data stream. A new Tasking, Collection, Processing, Exploitation, Dissemination (TCPED) architecture will be created to decrease data latency to the warfighter by moving the bulk of imagery chain processing from ground systems onto the spacecraft in the form of edge-computing capability. Once initially processed to a low level on-orbit, EOI will then provide the data directly to the warfighter.  Design and build a prototype optical assembly to demonstrate and verify EOI’s stated expected on-orbit performance (0.25m GSD data, or better, at nadir from 250km) Design the bus’s edge-compute architecture to remove the need for ground processing and thereby decrease the data latency to the warfighter Design and build the prototype Ka-band high bandwidth transmitter capable of data transmission rates in excess of 5 Gbps Demonstrate, to the extent possible, an integrated test to simulate the complete imagery chain from “photons in” to “RF data out” using deliverables from the previous tasks

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