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Optically Reconfigurable Smart Deployable Materials for Future Satellite Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-19-C-0596
Agency Tracking Number: F17A-018-0107
Amount: $749,972.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17A-T018
Solicitation Number: 17.A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-01-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-01-04
Small Business Information
800 Bradbury Drive SE STE 219
Albuquerque, NM 87106
United States
DUNS: 079661742
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Ganesh Balakrishnan
 Principal Investigator/Professor
 (505) 272-7970
Business Contact
 Sudharman Jayaweera Kankanamge
Phone: (505) 615-1807
Research Institution
 Regents of the University of New Mexico
 Timothy Wester Timothy Wester
1700 Lomas Blvd. NE, Suite 3100 The University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

 (505) 277-1264
 Nonprofit College or University

In this proposal, Bluecom Systems proposes to develop a framework in designing and manufacturing smart materials that can be used as adaptive radiating structures to operate at different frequencies, with different radiation patterns, and achieve polarization diversity. The solution proposed, based on optically pixilated Silicon or GaAs surfaces, can be used as reflective surfaces for reconfigurable reflect arrays, reconfigurable active and modular antennas, or reconfigurable wiring of data lines. The optical reconfiguration on thin silicon/GaAs foldable material, in conjunction with machine learning based activation control, allows autonomous operation of such antennas and the capability to display various modes of operation. This approach eliminates the need for multiple antennas in small satellites and other platforms.

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