NASA SBIR 2021-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Number:          21-1- S1.02-2877
Subtopic Title:
      Technologies for Active Microwave Remote Sensing
Proposal Title:
      High-Efficiency S-Band SSPA for Next Generation NASA Remote Sensing SAR/InSAR Platforms

Small Business Concern

Recon RF, Inc.
10211 Pacific Mesa Boulevard, Suite 408, San Diego, CA 92121
(619) 732-6621                                                                                                                                                                                

Principal Investigator:

Nick Chopra
10211 Pacific Mesa Blvd. Ste 408, CA 92121 - 4327
(619) 732-6621                                                                                                                                                                                

Business Official:

Jeffrey Ritter
10211 Pacific Mesa Blvd. Ste 408, CA 92121 - 4327
(619) 732-1691                                                                                                                                                                                

Summary Details:

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

This proposal will significantly advance Power Added Efficiency (PAE) beyond present-day state-of-the-art SSPAs operating at S-Band in the over 1kW peak output power regime, achieving a TRL 3-4 S-band/ 3.2 GHz solid-state power amplifier (SSPA) module. The greatly enhanced PAE will result in an SSPA with a compact form factor suitable for CubeSat/SmallSat or other NASA remote sensing platforms. The project aims to achieve over 1kW of output power, 50dB of Gain, PAE of no less than 60% and possibly greater than 75% through Recon-RF’s advanced power amplifier design techniques based on next-generation waveform design capabilities and practices.

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

The proposed S-Band SSPA module capable of PAE >60% will enhance NASA’s remote sensing for SWaP-C conscious applications such as:

• SAR/InSAR Payloads for studying surface topology on Earth and on other planets
• Follow-on Missions to NISAR’s InSAR S-Band Geo-Physical Remote Sensing Payload
• VenSAR S-Band SAR payload for Geo-Physical Remote Sensing of Venus
Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

Non-NASA commercial and DOD applications stand to benefit from Recon-RF’s advancements in S-Band SSPA technology, such as:

• Airport Surveillance Radar
• Surface Ship Radar
• S-Band Satellite Communications
• S-Band Weather Radar
• Rural Broadband Back-Hauls
• Commercial InSAR/SAR for remote sensing of vegetation and geo-physical phenomena
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