NASA STTR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 T5.01-9716
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Autonomous Ka-band Spacecraft Terminals
PROPOSAL TITLE: Deployable Ka-Band Reflectarray

NAME: Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc. NAME: University of California, Los Angeles
STREET: 15265 Alton Parkway, Suite 200 STREET: 11000 Kinross Avenue, Suite 200
CITY: Irvine CITY: Los Angeles
STATE/ZIP: CO  92618 - 2606 STATE/ZIP: CA  90095 - 1406
PHONE: (480) 227-1113 PHONE: (310) 794-0102

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jacob Portukalian
15265 Alton Parkway, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618 - 2606
(626) 679-5421

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Austin Williams
15265 Alton Parkway, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618 - 2606
(480) 227-1113

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Autonomous Ka-band Spacecraft Terminals 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)
Tyvak, in collaboration with UCLA, proposes a novel approach to the challenge of creating a large reflector for Ka-band high data rate links. We propose to attach the primary reflector surface permanently to the surface of a 6U spacecraft and illuminate the reflector using a Cassegrain style subreflector with an illuminating antenna that is permanently mounted to the transmitter / receiver inside the satellite.
While other approaches focus on deploying the reflector surface itself, including Tyvak?s own deployable dish project, this proposed innovation uses minimal moving parts to achieve a high gain design.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA has expressed interest in developing swarms of coordinating nano satellites, such as for an interferometer. In such a scenario comms can be a challenging design problem. In order to downlink the data generated by such an array and also to command / control it pointing the spacecraft is typically required, however this can interfere with the primary mission.

This antenna allows developing a dedicated comms satellite to fly in the swarm which collects the data over an ISL and then downlinks the data either through TDRSS or through ground stations.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
There are many potential commercial applications for an antenna that can be used to maintain a comms link to GEO from a LEO CubeSat. Tyvak is actively pursuing commercial business in this area. The main limitation that Tyvak has faced so far is not being able to accurately quote the development time and cost. With the Phase I STTR award Tyvak would be able to make much more progress in commercializing this technology.

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.)

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