Science & Technology (S&T)

According to the PEO Space Systems Strategic Plan 2015-2021, one of the PEO's objectives is to identify and execute rapid introduction of space-based capabilities for the Navy.  To achieve that objective, PEO Space Systems is committed to utilizing existing stakeholder resources and projects to enhance space capabilities, increasing internal and external communications of science & technology (S&T) activities, identifying and realizing opportunities to leverage external funding to expand S&T activities, and identifying and incorporating emerging opportunities into the space portfolio.


The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was established by Congress in 1982 with a statutory purpose to strengthen the role of innovative small business concerns (SBCs) in federally-funded research or research and development (R/R&D). Specific program purposes are to: (1) Stimulate technological innovation; (2) use small business to meet federal R/R&D needs; (3) foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged SBCs in working in technological innovation; and (4) increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R/R&D, thereby increasing competition, productivity and economic growth. For more information on the program, visit the Navy SBIR website.

The DoD Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) was established by the Fiscal Year 2011 National Defense Authorization Act. It is a competitive, merit-based program designed to accelerate the fielding of innovative technologies into military systems. For more information on the RIF program, visit the Defense Innovation Marketplace website.

PEO Space Systems has invested SBIR/RIF funds in a number of enabling technologies. Below are charts listing the PEO’s SBIR and RIF contracts.

SBIR Contracts

 Topic #'s                      Topic Titles  Companies
 AF05-034  Reconfigurable Electronics for Responsive Systems  Vulcan Wireless Inc.
 A064-005  Novel CubeSat Payloads  Boston Micromachines
 N103-230  UHF SATCOM Wideband Interference Mitigation  SA Photonics, LLC
 N122-146  Novel CubeSat Payloads  SA Photonics, LLC
 N122-146  Novel CubeSat Payloads  Optical Physics Company
 N122-146  Novel CubeSat Payloads  Busek Company Inc.
 N152-123  Advanced UHF SATCOM Satellite Protection Features  Metamagnetics
 N16-T026  Develop Novel Nanosat Payloads for Naval Weather Needs  ASTRA
 N16-T026  Develop Novel Nanosat Payloads for Naval Weather Needs  MMA
 N171-098  Develop a Cellular Radio Base Station  Aeronix
 N171-098  Develop a Cellular Radio Base Station  KinetX
 N171-098  Develop a Cellular Radio Base Station  W5


RIF Contracts

 Topic #'s  Topic Titles  Companies 
 RIF-2013-OSD  6U Bus "SUPERNOVA"  Pumpkin, Inc.
 RIF DoN 13-085  Enhanced Monitoring System for UHF SATCOM  KAB Laboratories
 RIF DoN 13-086  Programmable Interference Separation for MUOS (PRISM)  Adaptive Dynamics, Inc
 RIF DoN 2014-002668  SPASat-1  MilTec
 RIF DoN 2015-000638  UHF SATCOM End-to-End Communications  Vulcan Wireless Inc.
 RIF-2016-000281  Narrowband UHF SATCOM C3 Receiver  Innoflight
 RIF-2016-000395  SeaCube Ocean Altimeter for Cube Sat's  Busek


The Multipactor Resistant RF Components for Satellites (MuRCS) program is a concept being studied that may provide a means for overcoming satellite multipaction. Multipaction, or the multipactor effect, is a detrimental phenomenon that induces an electron avalanche, in effect, causing a short circuit. The likelihood of satellites experiencing multipaction is exacerbated by high power levels, vacuum environments, narrow gap widths between conductive components and high secondary electron yield.

To resist multipaction, the MuRCS concept aims to validate the use of carbon based nanocoating. Existing radio frequency components in production can be coated without satellite redesign. Using the carbon based nanocoating, satellites are expected to have increased system lifetimes, reduced costs and improved performance.


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