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Sun-Tracking Millimeter Wave Radiometer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-18-C-0119
Agency Tracking Number: F17C-T01-0003
Amount: $149,942.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17-CT01
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-04-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-27
Small Business Information
5777 Central Avenue, Suite 221
Boulder, CO 80301
United States
DUNS: 601975803
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Chad Fish
 (303) 993-8039
Business Contact
 Gerald Thompson
Phone: (303) 993-8039
Research Institution
 MIT Lincoln Laboratory
 David M Pronchick
244 Wood Street
Lexington, CO 02421-6428
United States

 (781) 981-3027
 Nonprofit College or University

The Air Force is seeking solutions for a sun-tracking millimeter wave radiometer to measure atmospheric attenuation over a high dynamic range. The V- and W- bands have rarely been used for space communications and telemetry applications, but rapidly increasing government and commercial bandwidth needs will require future solutions within these bands. Our team, comprised of experienced scientists, managers, and engineers from ASTRA and Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyLincoln Labs (MIT-LL), proposes to develop and demonstrate a low cost, compact solution that will make continuous V- and W- band attenuation measurements from remote sites. Our proposed radiometer system will track the sun and derive accurate attenuation values over a wide range of viewing angles. In Phase I of the effort, we will conduct analysis to determine an optimal design sensing strategy and expected performance. We will identify and complete trades on the critical engineering challenges. This state of maturity at the end of Phase I will then enable us to transition quickly into Phase II where we will then fabricate and calibrate a fully functional prototype system for demonstration in a realistic environment. This prototype design can then be produced to scale for Phase III government and commercial applications.

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