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

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CP05C
Agency Tracking Number: 114013
Amount: $948,562.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Nuvotronics, LLC
7586 Old Peppers Ferry Road, Radford, VA, 24141-8846
DUNS: 827121455
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Vanhille
 Principal Investigator
 (800) 341-2333
 kvanhille@nuvotronics.com
Business Contact
 Scott Meller
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: (800) 341-2333
Email: 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 II 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 a W-band transmit/receive array tile showing MMIC integration on the necessary scale for W-band phased arrays and high-efficiency dual polarized antenna elements.

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