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Highly-Integrated, Reconfigurable, Large-Area, Flexible Radar Antenna Arrays

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
80720
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
050183
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Anvik Corporation
6 Skyline Dr. Hawthorne, NY 10532 0216
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Highly-Integrated, Reconfigurable, Large-Area, Flexible Radar Antenna Arrays
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC06CB41C
Award Amount: $98,721.00
 

Abstract:

Reconfigurable antennas are attractive for remote sensing, surveillance and communications, since they enable changes in operating frequency and / or radiation pattern, resulting in high-bandwidth antenna systems, with broad areas of coverage. Additional functionality would be achieved by integrating: control, processing, and communications directly onto the antenna substrate; MEMS sensors into the antenna substrate to monitor the system health; and opto-electronic beam forming networks, providing immunity to electromagnetic interference. In order to make such systems affordable for space exploration, it is critical to minimize the cost of transporting them into space. For this reason, antennas fabricated on flexible substrates are highly desirable since they can be rolled up and launched in a low-volume configuration, then inflated in space. While these advantages are significant, the fabrication of antennas providing these features is challenging due to the lack of manufacturing technologies that can meet all of the processing requirements for fabrication on flexible substrates. In this program we will develop antenna designs and lithography-based processes, enabling manufacturing processes that cannot be carried out using existing patterning technologies, in particular: laser-crystallization, allowing for the integration of ICs; and a combination of processes to produce MEMS for on-board sensors and for reconfiguring the array.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Marc Klosner
Principal Investigator
mklosner@anvik.com

Business Contact:

Dr. Kanti Jain
Business Official
9143452442
kjain@anvik.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Anvik Corporation
6 Skyline Dr. Hawthorne, NY 10532

EIN/Tax ID: 133457285
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
109 Coble Hall, 801 S. Wright Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Contact: Charles F. Zukoski
Contact Phone: (217) 333-2187
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university