Science & Technology (S&T)

Science and 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 and 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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