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

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,928.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX09CD40P
Agency Tracking Number:
085479
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Remote Sensing Solutions, Inc.
3179 Main Street, Unit 3, P.O. Box 1092, Barnstable, MA, 02630-1105
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
133087192
Principal Investigator:
James Carswell
Principal Investigator
(508) 362-9400
carswell@remotesensingsolutions.com
Business Contact:
James Canniff
Business Official
(508) 362-9400
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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