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

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,993.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNC06CA20C
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
nsawyer@si2technologies.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
There is a need for electronically-steerable, space-deployable SAR antenna arrays which impose minimal weight burden on the vehicles that place them into orbit. SAR arrays may be several tens to hundreds of meters long in at least one dimension, necessitating their assembly from many smaller subarrays. However, suitable technologies for manufacturing T/R modules directly on even these smaller (albeit still large-area), flexible subarrays have been lacking, hindering development of space-based arrays. SI2 Technologies' innovation is to apply its Direct Write techniques to fabricating flexible T/R modules that can be integrated with each array element. The novelty of SI2's Direct Write manufacturing approach is that no tooling, masks, or harsh etchants are required. SI2's "printing" technology lends itself to any number of applications that require flexible antenna systems (e.g., earth science, military asset tracking, civilian communications, etc.). For the proposed Phase II program, SI2 will design and fabricate chipless T/R modules for a membrane SAR antenna array using Direct Write manufacturing processes.

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