NASA SBIR 2020-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Information

Proposal Number:
20-2- S5.06-4663
Phase 1 Contract #:
80NSSC20C0633
Subtopic Title:
Space Weather R2O/O2R Technology Development
Proposal Title:
Miniaturized Nightglow Interferometer for Monitoring Emissions from a CubeSat

Small Business Concern

   
Firm:
          
Michigan Aerospace Corporation
          
   
Address:
          
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
          
   
Phone:
          
(734) 975-8777                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Principal Investigator:

   
Name:
          
Dr. Wilbert Skinner
          
   
E-mail:
          
wskinner@michaero.com
          
   
Address:
          
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B, MI 48108 - 2285
          
   
Phone:
          
(734) 975-8777                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Business Official:

   
Name:
          
Mr. Erick Finkiewicz
          
   
E-mail:
          
efinkiewicz@michiganaerospace.com
          
   
Address:
          
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B, MI 48108 - 2285
          
   
Phone:
          
(734) 975-8777                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Summary Details:

   
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :                                                                                                                                                          
Begin: 3
End: 4
          
          
     
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

Michigan Aerospace Corporation proposes to design and construct an engineering model version of a remote-sensing instrument, based around a Fabry-Perot interferometer, for sensing thermospheric winds and temperatures from a CubeSat-class satellite. This instrument will provide an important, relatively inexpensive and compact means for measuring important elements of the state of the thermosphere, with implications for improving space weather observations and forecasts and improving the modeling of the solar/terrestrial interaction. A relatively low-cost instrument on a cubesat allows for the possibility of multiple satellites in various orbit to obtain a more complete picture of the thermosphere than currently available from single platforms for a reasonable cost. Michigan Aerospace’s extensive experience with Fabry-Perot interferometers and sensor systems based on them, including for thermospheric sensing, will help pave the path towards this program’s success.

          
          
     
Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

Measuring thermospheric winds from a CubeSat-class satellite will allow morewidespread space-based observations of this important component of space weather,with orbits chosen to be optimal for the purposes of the observations. Also, such a smallsensor could serve as a secondary or tertiary payload aboard other satellites. Theresulting data will help refine NASA models for space weather forecasting andthermospheric modeling efforts.

          
          
     
Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

The military has interests similar to NASA in better space forecasting and modeling, as itis important for the protection of space-based assets, terrestrial power, and othermilitary networks.  Civilian users will benefit from improved NASA modeling of spaceweather than can affect user networks and satellites.

          
          
     
Duration:     24
          
          

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