A 10-20 K Cryocooler for Cooling Electro-Optical Payloads

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-10-M-0156
Agency Tracking Number: F093-083-1299
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-083
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, 03755
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Breedlove
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
Advanced space-borne infrared detectors require cooling at temperatures of 10 to 20 K. Cooling loads for these detectors will range from 0.25 W to 1.0 W at the primary load site, with additional loads at higher temperatures. A multistage cooler, capable of cooling multiple loads, will offer large potential gains in system efficiency and weight. Turbomachine-based Brayton cryocoolers are ideal candidates for these missions because they are highly efficient, lightweight, vibration-free, adaptable to multiple stages, and have long maintenance-free lifetimes. State-of-the-art technology exists or is under development for all primary cryocooler components. During this program, we propose to build and test a two-stage 10 to 20 K cryocooler that demonstrates the performance benefits of the technology. During the Phase I project, we plan to obtain key operational and performance data for one of the primary cryocooler components. During the Phase II project, we plan to configure and test the cryocooler at cold load temperatures as low as 10 K. BENEFIT: The successful completion of this program will result in the demonstration of a two-stage turbo-Brayton cryocooler at 10 K. This type of cryocooler is ideal for cooling applications in space-based surveillance and missile-defense systems. Government-funded scientific applications include space-based infrared telescopes. Commercial applications include communication satellites, superconducting instruments, hypercomputers, and Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs).

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