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An Integration Platform for Dual-Polarized W-Band Antenna Arrays

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2012 / SBIR
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Nuvotronics LLC
7586 Old Peppers Ferry Loop Radford, VA 24141-8846
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Woman-Owned: Yes
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: An Integration Platform for Dual-Polarized W-Band Antenna Arrays
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CE49P
Award Amount: $122,207.00


A few NASA decadal missions such as the Aerosol Clouds Ecosystems (ACE) mission require space-based millimeter-wave radar apertures to complete the science objectives. We propose to create dual-polarized microfabricated copper-based antenna apertures with integrated MMICs that go beyond the capabilities funded to date at the upper frequencies of interest by enabling electronic scanning at W-band frequencies, while not precluding the co-location of Ka-band capability in the same aperture. This Phase I effort will constitute element-, feed-, MMIC-, and array-level analyses of the trade space for the proposed aperture. In addition we will provide a hardware demonstration of MMIC integration on the necessary scale for W-band phased arrays and high-efficiency dual polarized antenna elements. The Phase II effort would integrate MMIC functionality with the antennas to create an array tile that will be fully characterized.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Ken Vanhille
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Scott Meller
Business Official
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Nuvotronics, LLC
7586 Old Peppers Ferry Road Radford, VA 24141-8846

EIN/Tax ID: 262821822
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes