Nanohmics in collaboration with Texas State University intends to develop a miniaturized, flexible, and multiband PAA architecture using miniaturized, ultra-wideband antennas printed on a common solar sail material (i.e. Kapton). This will include scaling an existing antenna design to bands of interest and developing a high-power, fully-printed electronic switching architecture to advance the power handling and high-frequency operation in these printed active PAAs.
Deployable/stowable, compact, efficient, multiband, beam formed, light-weight, low-cost, high data-rate, and active phased array antennas are one of the enabling technologies that can suit the needs of several NASA platforms and missions. Compatible reference missions include, Mars Cube One (MarCo) and the Near-Earth Asteroid Scout (NEAScout) missions, as well as contribute to the success of human expedition to Mars and beyond.
By adapting this advanced performance antenna technology to low-cost, conformal substrates, it becomes lower cost and readily adaptable to nearly any footprint. Potential direct and indirect applications include RF identification tags, smart cards, electronic paper, large area flat panel displays, multi-beam and -band 5G antenna, and White Space broadband internet antenna.