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Networked Cubesat RF Sparse Array System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0048
Agency Tracking Number: 09SB2-0314
Amount: $98,734.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB092-016
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-12-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-08-31
Small Business Information
30 Lynn Avenue
Hull, MA 02045
United States
DUNS: 036475218
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Fran├žois Martel
 President
 (781) 925-3893
 fm@space.mit.edu
Business Contact
 Jessica Sayward
Title: Treasurer
Phone: (508) 947-0486
Email: sayjess@verizon.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

We propose to design, develop, build and fly the elements of an orbiting large-baseline sparse array antenna system (RFSAS) using a cluster of cubesats. RFSAS will function effectively as an antenna with aperture adjustable from several meters to tens of kilometers, providing a range of sensing performances that cannot be achieved on a single spacecraft, and is very costly to deploy with traditional spacecraft technologies. RFSAS will open new capabilities for earth monitoring and space observations, with applications in: solar physics and geophysics; imaging of solar activity and coronal mass ejections in the low frequency range below the atmospheric cut-off; space weather monitoring and warning; and precise localization of RF sources and bursts on earth and in space. RFSAS antenna elements and array processing capabilities are distributed between cubesats. A prototype set of cubesats designed for a specific RFSAS application and their ground system will be prepared for launch and operations, to test and demonstrate the RFSAS system capabilities. High performance space-based sparse array antennas can then be assembled by multiplying low-cost copies of the prototype cubesat elements.

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