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High-Temperature, Radiation-Hard and High-Efficiency DC-DC Converters for Space

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-15-M-0485
Agency Tracking Number: F151-084-1385
Amount: $149,963.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF151-084
Solicitation Number: 2015.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-07-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-04-10
Small Business Information
1965 Lycoming Creek Road Suite 205
Williamsport, PA 17701
United States
DUNS: 28856420
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Gareth J Knowles
 Principal Investigator
 (570) 322-2700
Business Contact
 Cathy A Brooke
Title: Dr.
Phone: (570) 322-2700
Research Institution

ABSTRACT:The research introduces a new design that enables size/weight/power reduction on primary bus of large satellites. This new solution has the potential to significantly increase power densities (very high efficiency) while providing ability to operate in very harsh environmental conditions (radiation and temperature survivability). The DC/DC delivers multiple voltages in a very modular and very agile design enabling it to be easily scaled to meet a wide range of small through large-scale satellite power management needs (<1kW to >30kW). The design fully leverages recent advancements in Wide Bandgap power switching devices by integrating newly designed sub-systems and packaging methods that can survive in the same environment as to enable operation to above 200C.BENEFIT:Military satellite missions, such as communications (antenna) and precision optic (observation) will greatly benefit from availability of the proposed new modular primary bus solution. The design and all its benefits can act as the backbone solution for such larger military satellite introducing superior capabilities in power density, radiation tolerance and high temperature tolerance. Our aerospace prime partner is heavily engaged in this market and already have specific mission launch Satellites needs to upgrade their primary bus performance. The new power management solution can also provide large SWaP benefits for SmallSat primary bus regulation by simply re-selecting the WBG FET devices and reconfiguring the enclosure size. The proposed advanced modular high power density primary bus solution proposed would have very near-term opportunities to transition to both underwater and automotive applications and also transition to high power/high voltage supply applications.

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