New Sensing Capabilities for Space Situational Awareness

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-07-M-0118
Agency Tracking Number: F071-292-2231
Amount: $99,830.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF071-292
Solitcitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
AEROASTRO, INC.
20145 Ashbrook Place, Ashburn, VA, 20147
Duns: 605603984
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jay Wilson
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 798-2121
 jay.wilson@aeroastro.com
Business Contact
 Brenda Gravelle
Title: Director of Space Marketing
Phone: (303) 798-2121
Email: brenda.gravelle@aeroastro.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
AeroAstro proposes to develop a wideband, broad area coverage RF sensor (antenna and receiver) capable of detecting the electromagnetic interference (EMI) generated during a spacecraft’s nominal operations. This EMI is an exploitable form of RF MASINT, specifically unintended radiated emissions (URE), and could provide useful information if detected, identified, and characterized. Development of a wideband RF sensor could allow detection of space objects and could cue or tip-off more capable imaging sensors for focused characterization. In addition to detecting presence, a wideband RF sensor could also be used to evaluate a spacecraft’s health and on-orbit status and provide characterization information of its hardware, equipment, and components. AeroAstro’s extensive research into terrestrial URE collection and our initial testing against actual spacecraft components has revealed that an effective small size, low weight, power, and cost space-qualified sensor could be developed and potentially integrated as a standard payload to future high value space assets or as an anomaly characterization payload on small microsat/nanosat class satellites.

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