NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S3.04-8085
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Unmanned Aircraft and Sounding Rocket Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: High-Efficiency Power Amplifier for Over-the-Horizon Communications (HYPERION)

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)
Dr. Dustin Brown
122 Edison Drive
Middletown, OH 45044 - 3269
(513) 360-0800 Extension :314

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Jeff Wells
132 Edison Drive
Middletown, OH 45044 - 3269
(513) 360-0800 Extension :102

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Unmanned Aircraft and Sounding Rocket Technologies is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
As unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology continues to advance, the demand for over-the-horizon (OTH) communications links increases. Ku-band and Ka-band frequencies will be targeted for future OTH data links in support of NASA's Control and Non-Payload Communications (CNPC) program. Additionally, broadband-level data throughput is desired. NuWaves proposes the high efficiency (≥ 50%) HYPERION RF power amplifier (PA) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) to provide the output power necessary to transfer data between the UAS and the satellite. The HYPERION PA utilizes a Doherty amplifier, maintaining high efficiency over a wide range of RF input power. This wide dynamic range can support a number of different waveforms, from constant-envelope waveforms (such as frequency shift keying (FSK) and binary phase shift keying (BPSK)) to more complex waveforms such as quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM). The HYPERION PA delivers a saturated output power of 25 W in Ku- and Ka-band variants, with 30 dB and 18 dB of small signal gain, respectively.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA applications include Control and Non-Payload Communications (CNPC) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), inclusive of telecommand, telemetry, navigation aid data, air traffic control (ATC) voice relay, air traffic services (ATS) data relay, sense and avoid data relay, airborne weather radar data, and situational awareness video. The technology also applies to payload communications for manned and unmanned aircraft, which typically requires higher data rates than command & control (C2) of the aircraft. These payload communications applications include sensor downlink and video downlink.

Additional airborne applications include airborne weather radar, such as NASA's HIWRAP project, a dual-frequency (Ka- and Ku-band) solid-state transmitter-based Doppler radar system, and radar altimetry, such as Operation IceBridge, which includes a Ku-band radar altimeter system.

Space applications that could benefit from this high-efficiency power amplifier technology may include the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) and Near Earth Network (NEN) transponders for satellites.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Non-NASA commercial applications include all of the same UAS control and non-payload communications (CNPC) related applications (e.g. telecommand, telemetry, navigation aid data, etc.) via satellite, manned and unmanned aircraft payload communications (e.g. sensor and video downlink), airborne and space-based radars, ground-based SATCOM terminals, (e.g. VSATs), etc.

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.)
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Command & Control
Navigation & Guidance
Telemetry (see also Control & Monitoring)
Telemetry/Tracking (Cooperative/Noncooperative; see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)

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