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Ground Based Sensor for measurement of V and W band satellite link propagation channel

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-13-C-0214
Agency Tracking Number: F131-045-1165
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF131-045
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-07-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-04-17
Small Business Information
107 Sunderland Road
Amherst, MA -
United States
DUNS: 609444302
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ivan PopStefanija
 Managing Partner
 (413) 549-4402
Business Contact
 Karen Rice
Title: Controller
Phone: (413) 549-4402
Research Institution

ABSTRACT: This Phase I SBIR proposal describes our plan to develop a compact dual-channel V-band and W-band radiometer for measuring total path attenuation on a satellite to ground communications link. Design goals for this instrument include a compact design with built in calibration loads, including a COLFET that achieves a low temperature reference without the need of cryogenic cooling. To simplify the electronics design, direct detection at RF is anticipated. Phase I research will result in a detailed radiometer design, and an algorithm coded to extracting total path attenuation from measured brightness temperature. BENEFIT: Successful development of the proposed dual band radiometer will result in a compact, all-weather instrument suitable for continuous monitoring of total path attenuation. Attention to a modular design adaptable to other frequency bands, in a compact package suitable for installation in standard aircraft probe canisters will promote sales for ground-based as well as airborne applications.

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