A modified Local Space Imaging System (LSIS) for near-sun detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-11-M-0128
Agency Tracking Number: F103-113-2315
Amount: $99,832.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-113
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
2521 7 Mile Point Road, Allouez, MI, -
DUNS: 003583429
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jason Sommerville
 Chief Technologist
 (906) 487-4558
Business Contact
 Lyon King
Title: President
Phone: (906) 370-2376
Email: brad.king@aerophysicsinc.com
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Aerophysics has developed the Local Space Imaging System (LSIS) to provide proximity detection for spacecraft. The LSIS sensor is a small, bolt-on unit that meets many of the requirements for this solicitation: the LSIS is small, low-power, semi-autonomous, and two LSIS units could cover the entire sky. However, like all passive EO detectors, LSIS has limitations when trying to detect unresolved objects close to or in front of the solar disk. Work proposed here will further improve LSIS performance by reducing its solar exclusion angle. Three design options will be evaluated to trade cost and complexity against performance improvement. BENEFIT: An all-sky version of LSIS could protect commercial spacecraft from collisions with orbital debris.

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