Novel Deployable High Frequency Antennas Using Composite Electro-Textiles

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,989.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC06CA56C
Agency Tracking Number:
055176
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
O1.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road, Suite 200 (2nd Floor), WALTHAM, MA, 02451-1016
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004627316
Principal Investigator:
John Player
Principal Investigator
(781) 890-1338
jplayer@infoscitex.com
Business Contact:
William Thompson
Contacts Manager
(781) 890-1338
bthompson@infoscitex.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This proposed Phase I program will address NASA's need for large diameter high radio frequency (Ka band 27- 40 GHz) apertures that provide greater gain and resolution for communications and remote sensing systems. This will be accomplished by developing a new high accuracy electro-textile antenna surface as well as investigating a novel involute wrapped rib deployable support structure for large aperture antennas that is light weight and deploys out of a very small volume. The combination of light weight composite components will provide a new set of solutions for this growing need, both at NASA and the Air Force. Successful completion of the phase I program will demonstrate feasibility of the innovative electro-textile mesh and begin to quantify the potential benefits of Infoscitex's novel involute rib backing structure for deployable antennae. The phase I program will show that the new electro-textile mesh composite mesh has the necessary reflectivity and low PIM performance required of Ka Band antennae. A Phase II program would further refine the new electro-textile composite and permit the fabrication of an antenna demonstration article for deployment and RF testing with our aerospace industry partners.

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