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High Aspect Ratio Cylindrical Parabolic Antenna for Microsats

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC19C0146
Agency Tracking Number: 181173
Amount: $749,968.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S1
Solicitation Number: SBIR_18_P2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-08-13
Small Business Information
1772 Prairie Way Unit A, Louisville, CO, 80027-8902
DUNS: 828820659
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gregg Freebury
 (303) 929-4466
Business Contact
 Ken Benvenutti
Phone: (228) 813-6128
Research Institution
The National Academies Decadal Strategy and NASA have identified critical earth observations including Surface Deformation and Change andnbsp; Clouds, Convection and Precipitation.nbsp; These observations are well suited to synthetic aperture radar instruments.nbsp; The missions span operating frequencies from L to Ka Band. nbsp;Precision mesh reflectors are uniquely suited to provide large frequency bandwidth while maintaining small packaging forms with low mass.nbsp; Tendeg proposes to create a cylindrical parabolic reflector that can be used across many missions.nbsp; This will include the ability to operate at frequencies up to 36 GHz while maintaining the ability to operate at frequencies down to L-Band.nbsp; This will allow the proposed reflector to operate with current multi array feeds, or scanning phased array feeds, of different frequencies on the same vehicle.nbsp; This in turn will allow buses equipped with this reflector to carry out several of the Decadal proposed missions which require SAR technologies.nbsp; The proposed baseline design is a 5:1 aspect ratio aperture that will be a 1 x 5m deployed effective aperture.nbsp; The proposed design is scalable to larger apertures and can accommodate a fixed feed with either center fed or offset fed apertures.nbsp; The antenna has high structuralnbsp;stability which resultsnbsp;in high on-orbit resonance frequencies, precision deployment repeatability, low distortions due to on-orbit temperatures and ability to accurately RF test in 1G.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;The proposed design would leverage technologies already developed by Tendeg as part of previous SBIR activities.nbsp;

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