Enhanced Spacecraft Survivability

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,593.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0147-11-C-7503
Agency Tracking Number:
B103-035-0111
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA10-035
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
AEgis Technologies Group, Inc.
410 Jan Davis Drive, Huntsville, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625694500
Principal Investigator
 Ross Dudley
 Senior Analyst
 (256) 922-0802
 rdudley@aegistg.com
Business Contact
 Georgina Chapman
Title: Business Development Analyst
Phone: (256) 922-0802
Email: gchapman@aegistg.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The AEgis Technologies Group, Inc. has developed innovative approaches to enhance the survivability of MDA Space Systems to spacecraft anomalies through the detection and characterization of laser radiation on spacecraft surfaces in real time. We are addressing the current inability to detect and characterize high energy laser (HEL) engagements on satellite targets. AEgis has developed novel sensors and instrumentation for HEL test and evaluation on ballistic missile targets that are very close to being able to meet the project requirements. We have demonstrated PbS quantum dot (QD)-based detectors that are capable of measuring irradiance profiles at wavelengths from 1.0 to 1.3 m. These sensor systems employ an open mesh architecture and micron-scale lithography techniques to achieve good spatial resolution with an extremely low profile that minimizes size and weight impact. High-speed electronics have been developed that allow sensor data acquisition speeds in the kHz range. The sensor system could accurately detect and measure laser irradiance up to 10s of kilowatts per square centimeter, while characterizing the beam in terms of wavelength and source location (terrestrial or space-based, based on satellite telemetry). Such data could be used to trigger defensive tactics or to characterize an attack.

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