Proximity Inspection Sensor Array and Remote Radio Frequency Diagnostic Tool

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,535.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F29601-02-C-0090
Agency Tracking Number:
021NM-2633
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
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
605603984
Principal Investigator:
Ray Zenick
Senior Engineer
(858) 481-3785
ray@aeroastro.com
Business Contact:
David Goldstein
VP, Business Development
(617) 451-8630
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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