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High-Efficiency Power Amplifier for Over-the-Horizon Communications (HYPERION)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX16CA36P
Agency Tracking Number: 155915
Amount: $124,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-06-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-12-09
Small Business Information
122 Edison Drive, Middletown, OH, 45044-3269
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dustin Brown
 Senior RF Engineer
 (513) 360-0800
 dustin.brown@nuwaves.com
Business Contact
 Jeff Wells
Title: CEO
Phone: (513) 360-0800
Email: jeff.wells@nuwaves.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
As unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology continues to advance, the demand for over-the-horizon (OTH) communications links increases. Ku-band and Ka-band frequencies will be targeted for future OTH data links in support of NASA's Control and Non-Payload Communications (CNPC) program. Additionally, broadband-level data throughput is desired. NuWaves proposes the high efficiency (≥ 50%) HYPERION RF power amplifier (PA) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) to provide the output power necessary to transfer data between the UAS and the satellite. The HYPERION PA utilizes a Doherty amplifier, maintaining high efficiency over a wide range of RF input power. This wide dynamic range can support a number of different waveforms, from constant-envelope waveforms (such as frequency shift keying (FSK) and binary phase shift keying (BPSK)) to more complex waveforms such as quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM). The HYPERION PA delivers a saturated output power of 25 W in Ku- and Ka-band variants, with 30 dB and 18 dB of small signal gain, respectively.

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