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A Microwave Measurement Facility for RF Chaff Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-22-C-0015
Agency Tracking Number: A2-8951
Amount: $1,099,994.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A20B-T016
Solicitation Number: 20.B
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-03-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-03-20
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Oakes
 (978) 738-8230
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
 New Mexico State University
 Sarah MacCallum
PO Box 30002 MSC RAS
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8002
United States

 (575) 646-4044
 Nonprofit College or University

Physical Sciences Inc. and the New Mexico State University propose to refine and implement the design of a Microwave Obscurant Measurement Facility (MOMF) testbed developed in the Phase I STTR program that addresses Key Performance Parameters developed (KPPs) with input from Army representatives.  The successful Phase II STTR program will establish a unique, compact testbed for quick, low-cost screening of laboratory-scale quantities of new/novel obscurant materials designed for the 2 – 40 GHz (Threshold), 2 – 150 GHz (Objective) frequency range.  The proposed program includes tasks to: 1) review and update the KPPs and the preliminary Phase II prototype design based upon Army feedback and requirements, 2) finalize the design and procure/test the components of the microwave measurement system, 3) design and fabricate a continuous feed obscurant injector based upon a successful mechanism demonstrated in Phase I, 4) build and test the obscurant enclosure that integrates the microwave measurement capability with the obscurant injector and a multi-zone air recirculation system, and 5) develop and implement laptop-based software control for the system.  The assembled system will be validated by testing obscurant materials of interest to the Army.  The validated system will then be delivered to the Army.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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