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Sun-Tracking Millimeter Wave Radiometer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-18-C-0118
Agency Tracking Number: F17C-T01-0013
Amount: $149,987.00
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): 2018-04-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-26
Small Business Information
107 Sunderland Road
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
DUNS: 609444302
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ivan PopStefanija
 (413) 549-4402
Business Contact
 James Mead
Phone: (413) 549-4402
Research Institution
 University of Massachusetts Amherst
Office of Grant and Contract Administration Venture Way Center, 100 Venture Way, Suite 201
Hadley, MA 01035
United States

 (413) 545-0925
 Nonprofit College or University

This Phase I STTR proposal describes the development of a dual frequency millimeter-wave sun tracking radiometer designed to measure total atmospheric attenuation from ground level to the top of the atmosphere.The suns brightness temperature, which is on the order of 10,000K at millimeter-wavelengths, provides an ideal background reference allowing high dynamic range estimation of total atmospheric attenuation.By combining a narrow beam antenna with a compact radiometer mounted on a sun tracking pedestal, the proposed instrument will be able to measure total path attenuation with over 30 dB dynamic range. During Phase I, we will develop a detailed design of the sun tracking radiometer, resulting in detailed specification for the antenna, radiometer, sun tracking pedestal, and external in situ sensors.

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