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V- and W-band high power amplifiers for VW-band Military Satellite Communications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-C-0041
Agency Tracking Number: FX192-SO1-0406
Amount: $1,058,471.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF193-CSO1
Solicitation Number: DoD SBIR X19.2
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-06-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-06-02
Small Business Information
2900 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84115-1111
United States
DUNS: 013017947
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jennifer Hwu
 (801) 975-7399
Business Contact
 Larry Sadwick
Phone: (801) 975-7399
Research Institution

We plan to attend Pitch day. Future military satellite communication (MILSATCOM) systems require high power amplifiers that operate in the W/V-bands. To meet the needs for the platform testing of W/V-band satellite communications planned by the AFRL (AFRL/RV, AFRL/RY, AFRL/RI, and SMC) for around Year 2023-2024, we are applying our proven design and manufacturing practices of our commercial solutions in implementing W/V-band high performance high power amplifiers that are suitable for AFRL transponder demonstrations and future MILSATCOM applications. The immediate goal of this Phase II is to ensure timely support of the platform testing of the Air Force for VW-band Military Satellite Communications; aligned with Topic Area 2 of the ARA; specifically, “space communications hardware - amplifiers.  During this Phase II, InnoSys will perform hardware development of the high performance W-band amplifier and based on this, fabricate VW-band high power amplifiers.  We will also conduct design optimization for the RF power chain (consisting of GaN MMIC driver and SSVDTM Traveling Wave Tube (TWT) booster to combine the advantages of the two) and associated Power Conditioning Unit (PCU) to ensure the best performance in efficiency, broad bandwidth, high linear output power, size and weight.  We will demonstrate the VW-band high power amplifier can be achieved using affordable, high quality, and reliable manufacturing.  Extensive testing will be conducted to evaluate the performance of the high performance VW-band high power amplifiers for sufficiently supporting high data rate RF communications and AFRL’s planned testing. We will ensure the hardware is ready to be third-party tested and verified and the development and resulting implementations properly transitioned to private sector uses and applications in addition to government customers.  This Phase II SBIR will usher in a new generation of higher bandwidth, higher efficiency MILSATCOM communications power amplifiers to support numerous programs and objectives of the Air Force and DoD in general including multi-domain operations (MDO) and both 5G military and commercial applications and deployments. 

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