Miniature Interferometric Star Tracker for Harsh Space Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-11-C-0027
Agency Tracking Number: B2-1700
Amount: $933,366.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-011
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Optical Physics Company
26610 Agoura Road, Suite 240, Calabasas, CA, -
DUNS: 160209102
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Hutchin
 CEO
 (818) 880-2907
 rahutchin@opci.com
Business Contact
 Gail Erten
Title: Director of Marketing
Phone: (818) 880-2907
Email: gerten@opci.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Optical Physics Company (OPC) is proposing to develop, manufacture, and test the TRL 5 prototype of a novel miniaturized interferometric star tracker (MiST). OPC comes into this project with a TRL 5 demonstration of the full size version of the interferometric star tracker (iST) design completed under an Air Force sponsored Phase II contract. During the 15-month Phase II effort, a prototype of MiST will be designed, assembled, and tested first in the laboratory and then in the field with a real star field. This will be followed by space qualification testing of key MiST components, specifically for exposure to radiation, thermal, vacuum and vibration environments. After these tests, using the exposed elements the MiST prototype will be reassembled and retested in the laboratory environment to uncover any performance losses. Phase II work will conclude with a TRL 6 MiST prototype design.

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