High Temperature Telemetry Transmitter for Venus Exploration

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$559,155.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNC06CA39C
Agency Tracking Number:
040721
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
S4.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Softronics Ltd.
6920 Bowman Lane, NE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402-1576
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
028456932
Principal Investigator:
Robert Sternowski
Principal Investigator
(319) 431-0314
bobs@softronicsltd.com
Business Contact:
Robert Sternowski
Business Official
(319) 431-0314
bobs@softronicsltd.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed S-band telemetry transmitter will operate in the exterior Venusian high pressure, 465?aC ambient atmosphere without being contained in a thermally protective container. The sealed, radiation-hardened, high-reliability, silicon-carbide-based transmitter uses an ambient heatsink to cool its high temperature transistors without the power, volume, and weight of auxiliary cooling. An innovative circuit architecture requires only one SiC semiconductor device per module; other components are ceramic or temperature-compensated machined metal parts. Operating life on Venus is limited only by the external power source; several months is anticipated. The fault-tolerant modular transmitter!|s 150 watt RF output power will support a direct Venus-Earth 8 kbps communications link. This same design solution can also be applied to very cold Titan-like applications as well. The Phase II effort culminates with a 30 day Venus life test simulation of a full scale deliverable prototype.

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