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Machine Learning Fast Automatic Shifter Tuning

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8100-19-P-0007
Agency Tracking Number: F183-023-0798
Amount: $149,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF183-023
Solicitation Number: 18.3
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-04-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-04-05
Small Business Information
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
United States
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Niusha Sarkosh
 Director, Digital RF Systems
 (310) 320-3088
 CSProposals@poc.com
Business Contact
 Keith Baker
Phone: (424) 835-9475
Email: contracts@poc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

To address the Air Force need for an improved thermal characterization process for ferrite phase shifters used in phased array antennas, Physical Optics Corporation (POC), proposes to develop a Machine-Learning Fast Automatic Shifter Tuning (M-FAST) system. The current method to characterize ferrite phase shifters used in phased array antennas during the overhaul process at OC-ALC requires a minimum of 16 hours. Innovation in the M-FAST measurement process reduces the M-FAST characterization time to <4 hours. In addition, use of POC-developed intelligent log data analysis tools in M-FAST reduces the number of response curves required to fully characterize each phase shifter from several dozen to less than ten. As a result, M-FAST can measure more phase shifters in a shorter time and with fewer measurement points, meeting the Air Force requirements for this topic. In Phase I POC will do a complete trade study to improve the characterization process by reducing test time and/or equipment maintenance costs. In Phase II, POC will develop a procedure that reduces the 16 hours phase array antenna overhaul, which include the optimal number of response curve and minimal point measurements to predict a phase shifter’s behavior.

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