NASA SBIR 2020-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 20-1- S5.06-4663
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Space Weather R2O/O2R Technology Development
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Miniaturized Nightglow Interferometer for Monitoring Emissions from a CubeSat
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Michigan Aerospace Corporation
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 975-8777

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

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

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
John Dodds
E-mail:
jdodds@michaero.com
Address:
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B Ann Arbor, MI 48108 - 2285
Phone:
(734) 975-8777
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 3
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

Michigan Aerospace Corporation proposes to model a remote-sensing instrument, based around a Fabry-Perot interferometer, for sensing thermospheric winds from a CubeSat-class satellite during this Phase I base effort.  This work will provide an important, relatively inexpensive and compact instrument option for measuring thermospheric winds, with implications for improving space weather observations and forecasts and improving the modeling of the solar/terrestrial interaction.  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 more widespread 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 small sensor could serve as a secondary or tertiary payload aboard other satellites. The resulting data will help refine NASA models for space weather forecasting and thermospheric 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 it is important for the protection of space-based assets, terrestrial power, and other military networks.  Civilian users will benefit from improved NASA modeling of space weather than can affect user networks and satellites.

Duration: 6

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