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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: FA8750-15-C-0031
Agency Tracking Number: F131-045-1165
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF131-045
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-12-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-12-17
Small Business Information
107 Sunderland Road
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ivan PopStefanija
 Managing Partner
 (413) 549-4402
Business Contact
 James Mead
Title: Mr.
Phone: (413) 549-4402
Research Institution

ABSTRACT: This Phase II SBIR proposal describes our effort to develop a combined radiometer and radar sensor to estimate total atmospheric path loss for potential satellite links at V-band and W-band (71-86 GHz). Termed WAXRR, for W-band and X-band Radar Radiometer, this system will be used to generate statistics of total atmospheric loss with a dynamic range exceeding 20 dB. The radiometer section of WAXRR is suitable for measuring total path attenuation under clear or nearly clear sky conditions, while the dual-frequency radar is intended for measuring loss in the presence of stronger clouds and precipitation. The WAXRR system is readily transportable and hosts its own website for remote instrument control and display. BENEFIT: Atmospheric loss statistics generated over a two-year time period in Phase III will be used by the Air Force in evaluating the satellite link budget and potential outage rates at potential sites for satellite ground stations. Commercial applications include profiling super-cooled liquid water above airports for assessing aircraft icing potential and the development of compact, pod-mounted radars and radiometers for airborne cloud and water vapor remote sensing.

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