Flexible T/R Modules for Large-Aperture, Space-Based SAR

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,999.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC05CA81C
Agency Tracking Number:
040321
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
E1.05
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
SI2 Technologies, Inc.
200 Turnpike Road, Chelmsford, MA, 01824-4000
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
13164091
Principal Investigator:
Erik Handy
Principal Investigator
(978) 606-2601
ehandy@si2technologies.com
Business Contact:
Joseph Kunze
Business Official
(978) 606-2601
jkunze@si2technologies.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
SI2 Technologies, Inc (SI2) proposes to develop membrane compatible transmit/receive (T/R) modules for flexible, space-deployable synthetic aperture radar (SAR) antenna arrays. Large-aperture, yet lightweight SARs are desired for many Earth science monitoring applications as they may be placed at higher orbits which offer greater coverage and shorter interferometric repeat times. However, the technology for manufacturing T/R modules on flexible membranes has limited the development of these space based arrays. SI2's innovation is to apply its laser transfer Direct Write techniques to fabricate a flexible T/R module which can be integrated with each array element. SI2's proprietary laser transfer processes will be used to "print" pre-fabricated active electronics (e.g. conventional semiconductor devices such as amplifiers, switches, etc.) on large area, flexible substrates directly from off-the-shelf wafers. The result of the proposed effort will be a demonstrated pathway for manufacturing T/R modules on flexible substrates which will further the development of lightweight, large-aperture, electronically-steerable space based radar arrays.

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