A High Cross-Pol Isolation Multi-Frequency Antenna for Cloud and Precipitation Research

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CD40P
Agency Tracking Number: 085479
Amount: $99,928.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3179 Main Street, Unit 3, P.O. Box 1092, Barnstable, MA, 02630-1105
DUNS: 133087192
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Carswell
 Principal Investigator
 (508) 362-9400
 carswell@remotesensingsolutions.com
Business Contact
 James Canniff
Title: Business Official
Phone: (508) 362-9400
Email: canniff@remotesensingsolutions.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Remote Sensing Solutions will evaluate the critical parameters and generate a design approach for a portable, all-weather multi-wavelength antenna system suitable for supporting GPM ground validation and for use in other NASA cloud and precipitation research programs. The antenna system will have a number of unique characteristics including high gain (approximately 1 deg half-power beam width) and matched antenna beam shapes. The antenna will support multiple frequencies used for cloud and precipitation sensing. The basic design will provide Ku-band (14 GHz) and Ka-band (35 GHz) channels that can support a variety of polarization and absorption-based rain retrieval algorithms. An additional 95 GHz channel will be considered to augment the cloud-sensing capabilities of the antenna and to allow particle sizing in clouds. The antenna will have extremely high cross-polarization isolation suitable for identifying ice cloud particle habit.

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