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DOD'S SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATIVE RESEARCH TOPICS
Proposals for the Department of Defense's fall Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) topics are due this month. The
current solicitation includes a number of sensor- and spacebased topics for the US Air Force and Missile Defense Agency
(MDA). The DOD awards hundreds of SBIR study contracts annually for less than $100,000 to further research into key technology interest areas.

US Air Force

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Sun-Tracking Millimeter Wave Radiometer (AF17-CT01)
seeks to design and implement of a stand-alone sun-tracking
based system that can measure millimeter wave attenuation
over a dynamic range greater than 30 dB with a 3 second minimum temporal resolution. The system should be capable of
measuring at least two frequencies simultaneously (nominally
73 and 83 GHz) under most atmospheric and weather conditions including rain and snow. Noting the dearth of relevant
data at millimeter wave frequencies available to test or develop predictive models and fade mitigation technique, the
proposal eschews the usual approach to collecting attenuation
data (utilizing beacons from satellites in geo-stationary orbits,
which is expensive and can take many years to implement), the
proposal seeks to source millimeter waves from the "quiet" sun
that can be exploited to provide much needed data at a low
cost and flexibility in site location.
Rapid Discovery of Evasive Satellite Behaviors (AF17CT02) notes the importance of ground and space-based Air
Force surveillance assets to space control operations and seeks
development of "robust, near real-time algorithms that rapidly discover the behavioral patterns and operational intent
of potentially evasive and/or ambiguous active resident space
objects (RSOs) for the purposes of space situational awareness (SSA) across the entire SSA space catalog." Seeking "advanced algorithms to process a diverse set of raw sensor data
and optimal action selection under uncertainty for enhanced
behavioral intent and capabilities discovery," the topic seeks
algorithms that are capable of processing raw observation data
along with intelligence data and environmental data. Phase I
covers development of a mathematical basis for dynamic behavior model" and to "enable near real-time behavioral patterns and operational intent identification." Phase II
includes a scalable prototype demonstration of the
technology in a realistic environment. Phase III looks
for multiple use applications for numerous military,
civilian and public safety entities
Design of III-V Antimonide InAs/InAsSb StrainedLayer Superlattice Materials for Improved LWIR Performance (AF17-CT04) notes that "for III-V infrared
focal plane arrays for mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR)
and long wavelength infrared (LWIR) imaging, InAs/
InAsSb strained-layer superlattice materials using unipolar barrier device structures are a promising tech-

nology." The use of such superlattices, the solicitation states,
"increases the minority carrier lifetime dramatically over Gacontaining antimonide materials to be comparable with HgCdTe
but also introduces numerous barriers to minority carrier transport." Phase I seeks to develop a model that can integrate the
"superlattice electronic structure calculations used for optical
absorption, Auger recombination, defect scattering, and other
design criteria, with an accurate transport calculation suitable
for operating temperatures and doping ranges of interest for
such detectors. Deliver initial prototype model and software
code for scientific validation." Phase II includes software prototype development, while Phase III would cover dual use application of the product for generic use with any III-V material
superlattice design for commercial and defense emitter and detector applications within any wavelength range.
Verification and Validation of Algorithms for Resilient
Complex Software Controlled Systems (AF17-CT05) describes
the significant need for "resilient, cyber-hardened software
architectures for GN&C (guidance, navigation, and control) of
spacecraft," along with the capability to verify systems before
deployment without on orbit testing. Phase I seeks simulated
approaches to algorithms dealing with spacecraft GN&C problems
while Phase II desires Matlab Simulink code for auto-generation
of real-time flight code of algorithms. Phase III demonstrates
the flight code in a hardware testbed environment.

Missile Defense Agency
High-Efficiency, Low-Volume, Space-Qualified Cryogenic-Coolers (MDA17-T003) looks to enable next generation
sensor systems by improving cooler performance beyond the
current state of the art to support future space missions. The
solicitation notes that "cooling is required to decrease detector noise and increase detector sensitivity by maintaining the
detector at a reduced operating temperature. However, current
coolers have larger volume and power requirements than desired for next generation space-based sensor payload concepts."
MDA seeks to develop coolers with increased efficiency and
reduced size for space-based payloads operating in low earth
orbit. Priorities for development, in order, are: 1. Heat lift of
more than 2W for 20W spacecraft power; 2. Cooling to 110K with
300K reject temperature; 3. Sizes less than 500 cc including
space-qualified electronics, component shielding, and vibration control (if applicable); 4. High reliability and long lifetime
with specified performance in low earth orbit; 5. Low vibration
and/or vibration control (included in volume budget). Phase
I includes a preliminary design of a prototype cooler - note
that the solicitation doesn't require a particular cooling approach, but a technical solution for meeting topic goals. Phase
II includes detailed designs as well as fabrication and prototype unit testing. Phase III requests dual use applications and
transitions the government to systems integration and testing.
Solicitations are due by October 25. For more information visit www.sbir.gov. - JED Staff


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - October 2017

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Maximizing EW Capabilities Within the Brigade Combat Team
Homing Senses: Anti-Ship Seekers Show New Diversity
The Heat is On
EW 101
Technology Survey: COMINT/DF Receivers
2018 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - October 2017 - The View From Here
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JED - October 2017 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - October 2017 - Courses Calendar
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JED - October 2017 - From the President
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