NASA SBIR 2018-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 18-2- S1.02-1173
PHASE 1 CONTRACT NUMBER:
 80NSSC18P2011
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Technologies for Active Microwave Remote Sensing
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 High Aspect Ratio Cylindrical Parabolic Antenna for Microsats
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Tendeg, LLC
1772 Prairie Way, Unit A
Louisville, CO 80027
(303) 929-4466

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Gregg Freebury
gregg@tendeg.com
1772 Prairie Way Unit A
Louisville, CO 80027 - 8902
(303) 929-4466

BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Gregg Freebury
gregg@tendeg.com
1772 Prairie Way Unit A
Louisville, CO 80027 - 8902
(303) 929-4466

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 4
End: 5
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

The National Academies Decadal Strategy and NASA have identified critical earth observations including Surface Deformation and Change and  Clouds, Convection and Precipitation.  These observations are well suited to synthetic aperture radar instruments.  The missions span operating frequencies from L to Ka Band.  Precision mesh reflectors are uniquely suited to provide large frequency bandwidth while maintaining small packaging forms with low mass.  Tendeg proposes to create a cylindrical parabolic reflector that can be used across many missions.  This will include the ability to operate at frequencies up to 36 GHz while maintaining the ability to operate at frequencies down to L-Band.  This will allow the proposed reflector to operate with current multi array feeds, or scanning phased array feeds, of different frequencies on the same vehicle.  This in turn will allow buses equipped with this reflector to carry out several of the Decadal proposed missions which require SAR technologies.  The proposed baseline design is a 5:1 aspect ratio aperture that will be a 1 x 5m deployed effective aperture.  The proposed design is scalable to larger apertures and can accommodate a fixed feed with either center fed or offset fed apertures.  The antenna has high structural stability which results in high on-orbit resonance frequencies, precision deployment repeatability, low distortions due to on-orbit temperatures and ability to accurately RF test in 1G.   The proposed design would leverage technologies already developed by Tendeg as part of previous SBIR activities.

 
Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

The National Academies Decadal strategy for earth observation currently places a high priority on five designated foundational observations.   Two of these are 1) Surface Deformation and Change and 2) Clouds, Convection and Precipitation. Each observation mission has different operational frequency requirements which need to be met. The missions span operating frequencies from L to Ka Band. These missions can include canopy penetrating radar for Earth surface characterization up to atmospheric weather predicting radar missions.

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Non-NASA applications can be similar with regards to topography, agriculture, forestry, geology, glaciology, oceanography,  volcano and earthquake monitoring, and predicting weather phenomena. The antenna can also be used for military surveillance and reconnaissance.   This capability is enhanced by the ability to operate at dual frequencies providing high resolution tracking.

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