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MEMS-Enabled Smart Reconfigurable Antennas

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
87883
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
070210
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Virtual EM Inc.
3055 Plymouth Rd, Ste 200 Ann Arbor, MI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: MEMS-Enabled Smart Reconfigurable Antennas
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CB67C
Award Amount: $599,950.00
 

Abstract:

A prototype wearable smart reconfigurable antenna for the Suit will be built to be used during NASA's EVA operations on lunar surface. The design is based on the Self-Structuring Antenna (SSA) technology utilizing MEMS switches for configuration of the aperture. Electrothermally and electrostatically actuated MEMS were studied via modeling and experiments and electrostatically actuated switches were recommended for use in Phase II due to their low actuation power requirements. The proposed smart antenna offers both adaptive beam steering and MIMO options for increasing the signal to noise ratio (SNR) and extending range. The antenna provides enhanced RF link for surface-to-surface voice, data, and video communication while also supporting contingency voice communication with the Lunar Relay Satellites (LRS). The technology is expected to reach TRL of 6 at the end of Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Tayfun Ozdemir
Principal Investigator
7347344558
online@virtualem.com

Business Contact:

Tayfun Ozdemir
President
7347344558
Small Business Information at Submission:

Virtual EM Inc.
2019 Georgetown Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105

EIN/Tax ID: 562283791
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Purdue University
302 Wood Street, 7th Floor
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040
Contact Phone: (765) 494-1066
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university