Sun-Tracking Millimeter Wave Radiometer

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
Awards Year: 2018
Solicitation Year: 2017
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17-CT01
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Small Business Information
107 Sunderland Road, Amherst, MA, 01002
DUNS: 609444302
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ivan PopStefanija
 (413) 549-4402
 popstefanija@prosensing.com
Business Contact
 James Mead
Phone: (413) 549-4402
Email: office@prosensing.com
Research Institution
 University of Massachusetts Amherst
 43167352
 Office of Grant and Contract Administration
Venture Way Center, 100 Venture Way, Suite 201
Hadley, MA, 01035
 (413) 545-0925
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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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