Semi-autonomous Local Space Imaging System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,983.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-07-M-0120
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-293-2375
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF071-293
Solicitation Number:
2007.1
Small Business Information
AEROPHYSICS, INC.
30981 Woodbush Road, Calumet, MI, 49913
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
003583429
Principal Investigator:
Alex Kieckhafer
Research Engineer
(906) 370-2376
awkieckh@mtu.edu
Business Contact:
Lyon King
President
(906) 370-2376
lbking@mtu.edu
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Aerophysics, together with subcontractor Raytheon Missile Systems, proposes to develop a Local Space Imaging System (LSIS) based on the proven AIM-9X Sidewinder missile gimbaled seeker. The LSIS will combine an AIM-9X-derived imager with an autonomous attitude determination system to provide pointing/tracking/imaging capability independent of host vehicle orientation and without interface with the host vehicle attitude control system. The LSIS instrument will employ a low-power, compact star tracker, sun sensor, and three-axis magnetometer to measure the instrument’s inertial attitude. An on-board command and data handling subsystem will coordinate imager pointing and host vehicle data interface. The proposed development effort integrates proven technology in a low-mass, low-power, bolt-on sensor for defensive space situational awareness.

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