Adaptable, High-Performance, Low-Integration-Cost Magnetometer for Satellites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: N/A
Contract: FA9453-10-C-0056
Agency Tracking Number: F083-218-1318
Amount: $749,953.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-218
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Odile Clavier
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution
Creare proposes to develop an adaptable, high-performance, low-integration-cost magnetometer measurement system that can be used on a wide range of Air Force, other DoD, NASA, and commercial satellites. Accurate, space-based magnetic measurements are critical for mapping magnetic fields around Earth, which is needed to understand and predict the motion of charged particles and plasmas. Magnetic field measurements provide data about the Earth’s subsurface, which other space measurements do not provide. Magnetic field measurements also play an important role in space weather and engineering applications of Earth-orbiting satellites, such as attitude determination, momentum management, and scientific instrument pointing. Creare’s Adaptable, High-Performance, Low-Integration-Cost Magnetometer for Satellites combines available magnetometer hardware with innovative algorithms for calibration that are used to tailor the magnetometer measurement system to meet specific mission requirements without undue cost and physical constraints on the host satellite. Our calibration algorithms have been shown to compensate for hard and soft magnetic disturbances on the host satellite and allow measurement of magnetic fields on a wide range of satellite missions. During Phase I we demonstrated the feasibility of our approach. During Phase II, we will fabricate, test, and deliver a prototype adaptable, high-performance, low-integration-cost magnetometer system based on our innovative design. BENEFIT: In addition to providing the required magnetic sensing capability for a wide range of satellites for the Air Force, Creare’s adaptable, high-performance, low-integration-cost magnetometer has the potential to influence satellite communications, global positioning systems, radar ranging, and inertial navigation systems.

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