Sparse Array Applications for Small Satellites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,428.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-07-C-0011
Award Id:
81239
Agency Tracking Number:
06SB2-0361
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9500 Innovation Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
945837219
Principal Investigator:
JohnMacKay
Principal Investigator
(703) 368-6107
jmackay@progeny.net
Business Contact:
ChristineSigety
Business Management
(703) 368-6107
csigety@progeny.net
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
DARPA desires to develop innovative approaches for using a sparse array of small satellites to sense radio frequency signals. During our Phase I effort our Progeny Systems Corporation and University of Hawaii team intends to develop a technique to resolve the dynamic position problem of individual nodes in the array using precision timing synchronization. Additionally we intend to develop a technique to correlate signals across multiple elements of the RF receiver array, develop a distributed onboard processing architecture across multiple satellite nodes to minimize earth station receiver data bandwidth requirements, and to develop inter-satellite and ground to satellite link communication architectures. During Phase II we intend to test and demonstrate our design concepts using CubeSats launched into orbit as a secondary payload in an Orbital Sciences Pegasus vehicle. The CubeSat project is an international collaboration of over 40 universities, high schools, and private firms developing picosatellites containing scientific, private, and government payloads. The basic CubeSat design is a ten centimeter cube with mass of up to one kilogram.

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