Proximity Inspection Sensor Array and Remote Radio Frequency Diagnostic Tool

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F29601-02-C-0090
Agency Tracking Number: 021NM-2633
Amount: $99,535.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Aeroastro, Inc.
520 Huntmar Park Drive, Herndon, VA, 20170
DUNS: 605603984
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ray Zenick
 Senior Engineer
 (858) 481-3785
 ray@aeroastro.com
Business Contact
 David Goldstein
Title: VP, Business Development
Phone: (617) 451-8630
Email: david@aeroastro.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"A significant problem for stakeholders in large satellite systems is the difficulty of getting data about these systems when it counts the most - in orbit and during critical anomalous situations. Near-field diagnostic tools - including visual andinfrared images and close-range radio frequency measurements - are now becoming feasible to examine performance, anomalies, and failures on orbit.AeroAstro proposes the conceptual development of a sensor suite for satellite inspection. The goal is to develop a `toolbox' for inspection and failure diagnosis, and to study how this would be implemented on a mission such as XSS-11.AeroAstro will focus on the development of an RF probe, which could be used in space to inspect the RF signals emanating from a target satellite. This probe would be much like an intelligent spectrum analyzer, which when used in conjunction with acalibrated, wide-bandwidth antenna would be capable of signal level, classification, and quality measurements of a target satellite's transponders, antennas, waveguide assemblies, and near-field RF emissions.Based on patented conceptual work already completed by AeroAstro, the RF probe high-level design relies on straightforward RF technology. Commercial-off-the-shelf components will be used wherever possible, and AeroAstro will leverage other ongoing RF workfor certain components where applicable. AeroAstro will develop a conceptual satellite diagnostic `toolbox' and appl

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