Multipaction Resistant RF Components for Satellites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,934.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N66001-11-M-5103
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-190-0989
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-190
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
Nokomis, Inc
310 5th St., Charleroi, PA, -
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
187594788
Principal Investigator:
Patrick Fisher
Senior Scientist
(724) 483-3946
pfisher@nokomisinc.com
Business Contact:
Gena DiSimoni
SBIR Director
(724) 483-3946
gdisimoni@nokomisinc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Satellite RF components suffer from an additional design limitation that does not concern their terrestrial counterparts: multipaction, an electron avalanche effect that can reduce performance or permanently damage devices under certain conditions. To avoid the onset of this effect, the traditional options are increasing the component size (more specifically, gap widths) or reducing operating power. Given the cost per weight to deploy satellite systems, both of these options result in exponential increases in the price per watt of transmission. Nokomis proposes to develop technology for multipactor-resistant components, allowing for increased power handling and performance with improved reliability. The key is that the multipactor mitigation technology utilized will allow for this component performance improvement in a smaller form factor device, enabling the realization of industry-wide performance gains.

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