Smart Multifunction Antenna for Lunar/Planetary Surface Network

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC07QA23P
Agency Tracking Number: 065830
Amount: $92,534.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: O1.10
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Wang Electro-Opto Corporation
2140 Newmarket Parkway, Suite 110, Marietta, GA, 30067-8766
DUNS: 796267656
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Johnson Wang
 Principal Investigator
 (770) 955-9311
 jjhwang@weo.com
Business Contact
 Paul Butler
Title: Director of Program Developmen
Phone: (770) 955-9321
Email: pbutler@weo.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
NASA is planning a series of human and robotic missions to explore the Moon and later Mars. According to NASA SBIR topic O1.10, surface networks are needed for these missions. In particular, for surface networks, NASA needs reconfigurable, directionally selectable, steerable, multi-frequency switched patch or multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antenna arrays to be mounted on human helmets, robots, and fixed structures (e.g. habitats). These antennas must meet the specific performance requirements for lunar/planetary surface network and the demanding transport and operational space environments. Wang Electro-Opto Corporation (WEO) proposes an SBIR Phase-1 program to develop a "Smart Multifunction Antenna for Lunar/Planetary Surface Network." Two general design approaches will be investigated initially: beamsteering array and MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) array. The technical approach will leverage WEO's existing well-published smart, multifunction, broadband, conformal and low-profile antennas developed for DoD (Department of Defense) terrestrial applications. The proposed Phase 1 research will aim at demonstrating, by breadboard experiments, the feasibility of the technical approach in meeting NASA's specific operational requirements, the constraints of space mission environment, and the limited room on astronauts and robots, fixed nodes, and other platforms. WEO will select the more promising one of these two approaches, based on performance criteria and other NASA inputs, for possible brassboard development in Phase 2.

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