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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$698,254.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9453-12-C-0124
Agency Tracking Number:
F103-113-2315
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF103-113
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
Aerophysics, Inc.
2521 7 Mile Point Road, Allouez, MI, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
003583429
Principal Investigator:
Jason Sommerville
Chief Technologist
(906) 487-4558
jason.sommerville@aerophysicsinc.com
Business Contact:
Lyon King
President
(906) 370-2376
brad.king@aerophysicsinc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
ABSTRACT: The LSIS system is a gimbaled MWIR or SWIR sensor designed to operate as an all-sky SSA sensor. The sensor is designed around the AIM-9X imager produced by Raytheon Missile Systems. Phase I research focused on methods of improving the already narrow solar exclusion angle of the LSIS system. In Phase II we propose to further investigate uncertainties in the results of the Phase I experiments. Furthermore, we propose to significantly mature the LSIS system in three ways. First, bolstered by the experience of SAIC, we will investigate image processing algorithms for use in the LSIS systems. Second, we will redeploying the control software to a non-radiation-hardened version of the intended flight hardware. Finally, we will integrate with a gigabit ethernet version of the LSIS Imager interface provided by Raytheon. With these improvements in place, we will further demonstrate the basic operation of LSIS. BENEFIT: This Phase II work will significantly mature the LSIS hardware and software. Upon completion of the proposed Phase II work the likely first product would be a flight-demonstration version of the LSIS sensor to prove feasibility and capability in a limited-scope space mission. A flight-ready hardware system could be assembled in 18-24 months that would be capable of demonstrating the instrument"s core performance. The flight demo could be flown as a self-contained hosted payload or added as a payload to a dedicated technology demonstration mission.

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