KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 2 April 2007. A cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) was signed in late March between the Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate and SES Consultants Inc., a woman-owned small business based in Albuquerque, N.M.
The joint research will be focused on investigating and mitigating the effects of radiation on commercially manufactured electronics and avionics technologies, and products suitable for military, space, and industrial applications.
Researchers from SES Consultants and the Air Force Research Laboratory will work together over the next two years at the AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate in performing radiation characterization and transferring AF developed design hardening methods into commercial practice.
Both the Air Force and SES Consultants expect to benefit from the relationship and the resulting shared data through the development of circuit design techniques for advanced radiation-hardened microelectronic devices and the development of new testing techniques for emerging silicon technologies.
The results of this research are expected to address the needs of both industry and the Department of Defense, as well as those of civil space agencies and missions, by advancing low-cost, practical space computing, and control solutions.