Low-Cost Hybrid Cryocoolers for Next-Generation Focal Plane Arrays

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,983.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-12-M-1308
Agency Tracking Number:
F112-136-1072
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF112-136
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
Mark Zagarola
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-3800
mvz@creare.com
Business Contact:
James Barry
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
ABSTRACT: Future airborne imaging sensors will utilize next-generation focal plane technology that must operate at temperatures from 25 to 30 K. Passive cooling techniques such as stored cryogens are heavy and logistically undesirable. Current airborne cryocoolers are too inefficient in this temperature range and space-borne cryocoolers are prohibitively expensive. On this program, Creare proposes to develop a two-stage hybrid cryocooler that meets the requirements for future airborne sensor systems. The cryocooler will be lightweight, efficient, reliable and affordable. On the Phase I project, we will develop a set of cryocooler requirements, design a hybrid cryocooler to meet these requirements, assess the production cost of the cryocooler, and measure the performance of a brassboard version of the hybrid cryocooler. On the Phase II project, we plan to build, assemble, and test a prototype cryocooler. Creare and our collaborators are well qualified to develop and commercialize this cryocooler technology. Successful completion of this program will enable advanced sensor systems for airborne surveillance and reconnaissance. BENEFIT: The result of this program will be a lightweight, efficient, reliable and affordable cryocooler that enables the usage of next-generation focal plane technology in airborne surveillance and reconnaissance systems. Commercial applications include cooling for sensors used in infrared astronomical and hyperspectral sensors, and infrared vision systems.

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