DOD SBIR 24.1 BAA

Active
No
Status
Closed
Release Date
November 29th, 2023
Open Date
January 3rd, 2024
Due Date(s)
February 21st, 2024
Close Date
February 21st, 2024
Topic No.
MDA241-001

Topic

Deployable Directional Plasma Sensor

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024

Summary

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the topic "Deployable Directional Plasma Sensor" as part of the SBIR 24.1 BAA. The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR). The objective is to detect photons emitted from small volumes of high temperature plasmas with sufficient directional data to locate the source. This directional sensor would improve remote object identification and location capabilities, reducing the computational resources required for identification and increasing the confidence and range of object identification. In Phase I, the technical basis of the solution will be established, including small scale validation and theoretical analysis. Initial design studies will be conducted to explore the potential for over-the-horizon tracking and targeting capabilities. Phase II involves the development and field testing of an initial prototype of the Deployable Directional Plasma Sensor. The prototype will be installed on either an in-service DDG-51 class destroyer or the Navy's Self Defense Test Ship. The prototype will be evaluated for space, weight, and power-cooling (SWaP-C), successful launch and flight of UAV from the ship at sea, and integration with the Mk 53 Nulka DLS or better launcher option. In Phase III, the solution will be utilized in relevant test environments and further developed for commercial applicability. Collaboration with OEMs or other higher-tier users will be sought. The technology has potential applications in hypersonics and could have dual-use applications. Relevant references include an introduction to plasma physics from the University of Texas and a study on 3D printed plasma sensors for satellites by MIT researchers. For more information and to submit proposals, visit the DOD SBIR 24.1 BAA topic page on grants.gov: link.

Description

OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Hypersonics

 

The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals (FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with the Announcement. Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws.

 

OBJECTIVE: Detect photons emitted from small volumes of high temperature plasmas with sufficient directional data to locate the source.

 

DESCRIPTION: A directional sensor for photons emitted from high temperature plasmas would improve remote object identification and location capabilities by providing data to existing sensor suites that would significantly reduce the quantity, in both time and computational resources, of effort necessary to identify remote objects, increase the confidence of the object’s identity, and increase the range at which the object is both identified and located with confidence.

 

PHASE I: Establish the technical basis of the solution, with possible small scale validation and theoretical analysis of the effectiveness.  Initial Deployable Directional Plasma Sensor design studies, to include existing navy Launchers, that have the potential to provide over-the-horizon tracking and targeting capabilities to the Aegis Weapons System.

 

PHASE II: Develop and field test initial prototype Deployable Directional Plasma Sensor design that could be installed on either an in-service DDG-51 class destroyer, or the Navy's Self Defense Test Ship for:

• Evaluation of Space, Weight, and Power – Cooling (SWaP-C)

• Demonstrate successful launch and flight of UAV from ship at sea

• Evaluate existing UAV in-flight guidance and control capabilities aboard ship at sea

• Based on Phase I results, demonstrate integration with Mk 53 Nulka DLS or better launcher option

 

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: The solution would be utilized in relevant test environments, through collaboration with OEMs or whoever the next higher tier user would be.  The technology would be further developed for commercial applicability.

 

REFERENCES:

Introduction to Plasma Physics - Univ of Texas Austin.pdf  chapter 2 August 2, 1997 https://web2.ph.utexas.edu/~iheds/Plasma%20Sensor/sensor%202%20(introduction).pdf
MIT Researchers 3D Print Precise Plasma Sensors for Satellites. https://scitechdaily.com/mit-researchers-3d-print-precise-plasma-sensors-for-satellites  

 

KEYWORDS: Plasma; Sensor; Detect Photons; Directional Data