An Integration Platform for Dual-Polarized W-Band Antenna Arrays

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$122,207.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX12CE49P
Agency Tracking Number:
114013
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Nuvotronics, LLC
VA, Radford, VA, 24141-8846
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
827121455
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Ken Vanhille
Principal Investigator
(800) 341-2333
kvanhille@nuvotronics.com
Business Contact:
Scott Meller
Business Official
(800) 341-2333
contracts@nuvotronics.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
A few NASA decadal missions such as the Aerosol Clouds Ecosystems (ACE) mission require space-based millimeter-wave radar apertures to complete the science objectives. We propose to create dual-polarized microfabricated copper-based antenna apertures with integrated MMICs that go beyond the capabilities funded to date at the upper frequencies of interest by enabling electronic scanning at W-band frequencies, while not precluding the co-location of Ka-band capability in the same aperture. This Phase I effort will constitute element-, feed-, MMIC-, and array-level analyses of the trade space for the proposed aperture. In addition we will provide a hardware demonstration of MMIC integration on the necessary scale for W-band phased arrays and high-efficiency dual polarized antenna elements. The Phase II effort would integrate MMIC functionality with the antennas to create an array tile that will be fully characterized.

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