Large-Scale Integrated MEMS-Based ESA for MMW Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,210.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
FA8718-05-C-0060
Solitcitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2005
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-214-3367
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-214
Small Business Information
THINKOM SOLUTIONS, INC.
3825 Del Amo Blvd., Suite 200, Torrance, CA, 90503
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
806647330
Principal Investigator
 William Milroy
 CTO
 (310) 371-5486
 BillM@thin-kom.com
Business Contact
 Michael Burke
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (310) 371-5486
Email: MikeB@thin-kom.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The proposed project will directly and effectively enable practical near-term realization of highly efficient, reliable, and affordable Electronically Scanned Array (ESA) antennas at Millimeter-Wave (MMW) frequencies. Based on novel packaging and integration of proven innovations (from ThinKom and Memtronics) in the areas of MEMS phase-shifters, low-loss feed networks, and integrated high-efficiency CTS radiating aperture technologies, a highly modular scaleable high-gain antenna "building block," suitable for 1-D and 2-D scanning implementations, will be realized. Specific component and architecture flexibilities enable interchangeable realization of both planar and conformal (curved) antennas, thereby enabling the broadest possible range of low-profile, low-observable, low-drag configurations for a variety of terrestrial, ground-mobile, airborne, and space-based communication and sensor applications. Owing to specific innovations in the reduction of device, feed, interconnection, and radiator losses, MMW antenna efficiencies at or above 50% will be realized. In addition, a variety of cost innovations are expected to realistically support near-term cost targets at or below $10 per square wavelength. Phase I of this effort will study, trade, and design constituent components and integrated packaging of a planar (or conformal) high-gain (30 dB) 35 GHz ESA-based CTS antenna contemplated for fabrication, test, and evaluation in Phase II.

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