NASA SBIR 2011 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 11-1 S1.02-9791
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Active Microwave Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: High Efficiency Switching Power amplifier for Earth Radar Observation System (HESPEROS)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Nu Waves Ltd.
122 Edison Drive
Middletown, OH 45044 - 3269
(513) 360-0800

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Sal Mendez
122 Edison Drive
Middletown, OH 45044 - 3269
(513) 360-0800

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 3

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
To meet multiple mission needs with limited resources, NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is pursuing smaller and more affordable spacecraft. The reduction of size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) of the radio frequency (RF) components required for a particular mission area allows the instrumentation package to be made more compact. In meeting the SWaP-C objectives, RF components will be required to be smaller and more power efficient. To meet the needs of NASA's Earth Science Division, RF components must lead to greater performance than provided by the current state-of-the-art.

NuWaves proposes a High Efficiency Switching Power amplifier for Earth Radar Observation Systems (HESPEROS). Several innovative techniques have been identified to increase the efficiency and operational bandwidth of RF power amplifiers (PAs) targeted for radar applications. The amplifier design also incorporates fast turn on and turn off circuits to achieve switching times of less than one microsecond (us). The benefit of such amplifiers in radar applications is the fact that they can be switched off during the receive period to prevent self-generated noise from corrupting the received signal. Also, high-power transmit and receive (T/R) switches at the antenna feed can be eliminated.

The advantages of a wideband PA are numerous. A wideband PA enables the design of a multi-band radar, reducing the number of components needed for operation in the P, L, and X bands. A high efficiency PA is also key to reducing battery size and cooling requirements in spaceborne applications. The switching amplifier topology presented in this proposal addresses all the above requirements.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA's Earth Science Division will find immediate use for the HESPEROS amplifier in earth observation sensor systems. This design enables operation over multiple radar bands with a single RF PA.

Ultimately, other applications for this proposed high efficient PA for radar based applications include other primary mission critical communication functions like telemetry, telecommand, navigation and guidance control, flight termination, craft-to-craft communications, and TDRSS reply and relay.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed high efficiency RF PA for radar applications may be adapted to other areas requiring high power transmitters. Additional applications within and around the satellite, space, scientific, industrial, university funded, low altitude and low earth orbital experiments, and aerospace industries include:

1) S-band, C-band, and X-band Telemetry and Telecommand
2) Radar Transponder
3) Flight Termination Transmitter
4) LEOS/MEOS mini-satellite and cube-satellite (ARISS and AM-SAT)

The applications of this technology within the Department of Defense (DoD) are numerous. Military aviation will benefit from the SWaP improvements from a single multi-band PA unit. Additionally, land and sea radar systems will benefit from the increased capability of a multi-band PA unit.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Telemetry (see also Control & Monitoring)

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