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Company Information:

Name: Aerophysics, Inc.
Address: 2521 7 Mile Point Road
Allouez, MI
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
URL: N/A
Phone: (906) 370-2376

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $798,095.00 8
SBIR Phase II $1,428,632.00 2

Award List:

Micro-Scale Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Satwik H. Deshmukh
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed research comprises design, analysis, and ultimate fabrication and operation of a microfabricated array of quadrupole mass spectrometers (QMS). The design capitalizes on recent advances in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and molecular-beam-epitaxy (MBE) technology so that the… More

20-kW Bismuth Hall Thruster with Evaporative Anode

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Satwik Deshmukh, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,725.00
Abstract:
High-power Hall thrusters operating at high thrust-to-power ratios will consume and emit unprecedented amounts of xenon propellant. The inherent costs associated with xenon use have significantly hindered development of such devices. Metallic propellants, specifically bismuth, have recently… More

Semi-autonomous Local Space Imaging System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Alex Kieckhafer, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,983.00
Abstract:
Aerophysics, together with subcontractor Raytheon Missile Systems, proposes to develop a Local Space Imaging System (LSIS) based on the proven AIM-9X Sidewinder missile gimbaled seeker. The LSIS will combine an AIM-9X-derived imager with an autonomous attitude determination system to provide… More

Bismuth Hall Thruster Plume Impact Study

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jason D. Sommerville, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,957.00
Abstract:
Because of its condensable nature Bi may cause unacceptable spacecraft contamination when used as a Hall thruster propellant. Experiments are proposed to determine the potential for bismuth deposition on spacecraft surfaces. The proposing team's extensive experience with bismuth technology has… More

Semi-autonomous Local Space Imaging System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jason D. Sommerville, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $730,378.00
Abstract:
The Local Space Imaging System (LSIS) proposed here will be capable of continuous, autonomous situational awareness of the local space about a high-value host spacecraft with minimal impact to the host. The LSIS can independently determine instrument inertial attitude and bring a high-resolution… More

Peregrine Airspace Protection System for Denying Small UAV Intrusion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Jason Sommerville, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $98,860.00
Abstract:
Aerophysics, Raytheon Missile Systems, and Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) have teamed to provide an innovative solution that will detect, track, and neutralize small UAVs. The system, termed Peregrine, is a RADAR-cued active/passive IR countermeasure based on the Quiet Eyes turret from… More

Self-Healing Field-Emission Neutralizers for Electric Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jason Makela, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
Electric propulsion (EP) thrusters have the potential to enhance or enable Discovery-class missions. However, a significant challenge in scaling micro (<100 W) EP devices up as well as scaling macro (> 1 kW) EP devices down is the lack of a compatible neutralizer technology in the meso scale… More

A modified Local Space Imaging System (LSIS) for near-sun detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jason Sommerville, Chief Technologist – (906) 487-4558
Award Amount: $99,832.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Aerophysics has developed the Local Space Imaging System (LSIS) to provide proximity detection for spacecraft. The LSIS sensor is a small, bolt-on unit that meets many of the requirements for this solicitation: the LSIS is small, low-power, semi-autonomous, and two LSIS units could cover… More

A modified Local Space Imaging System (LSIS) for near-sun detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jason Sommerville, Chief Technologist – (906) 487-4558
Award Amount: $698,254.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The LSIS system is a gimbaled MWIR or SWIR sensor designed to operate as an all-sky SSA sensor. The sensor is designed around the AIM-9X imager produced by Raytheon Missile Systems. Phase I research focused on methods of improving the already narrow solar exclusion angle of the LSIS… More

Re-generable Field Emission Cathodes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jason M. Makela, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $124,752.00
Abstract:
A significant challenge in scaling micro-propulsion devices up to 100s of Watts as well as scaling macro devices down to sub-kiloWatt level is the lack of a compatible neutralizer technology in the meso scale. Sub-kiloWatt EP systems require cathode technology that can produce sufficient current… More