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Covert and Dynamic Communications Arrays at V-Band Frequencies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-18-P-0009
Agency Tracking Number: A181-025-0678
Amount: $99,719.10
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A18-025
Solicitation Number: 2018.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-08-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-02-05
Small Business Information
7586 Old Peppers Ferry Loop
Radford, VA 24141
United States
DUNS: 079408558
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ken Vanhille
 (800) 341-2333
Business Contact
 Scott Meller
Phone: (800) 341-2333
Research Institution

Millimeter-wave frequencies of operation are increasingly attractive for a variety of military applications because of possible performance, size and cost advantages on space and power-constrained platforms. Nuvotronics proposes a solution for secure, high-bandwidth data links operating at V-band frequencies with the ability to dynamically adjust multiple characteristics of the communications channel. By making adjustments to the antenna radiation patterns, the operating frequency, the transmit power and the modulation scheme, the link can be maintained while remaining covert. Nuvotronics will leverage previous and ongoing work in the millimeter-wave frequency regime including wideband antenna element design and tightly integrated packaging of high-performance MMICs and millimeter-wave integrated circuits. The packaging challenges are formidable at these frequencies due to poor geometric tolerances compared to the wavelength and lossy substrate materials; whereas, the Nuvotronics solutions do not suffer from the same challenges. We will advance our solution concept through design and selective technology demonstrations.

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