PolyStrata Greenhouse GasRadiometer for Small Satellite Applications

Period of Performance: 06/10/2016 - 06/19/2018


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Nuvotronics LLC
7586 Old Peppers Ferry Loop Array
Radford, VA 24141
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


Traditional millimeter wave designs use split block or waveguide components and large planar filter banks. This implementation is large in mass and size which are at a premium on CubeSats. Nuvotronics proposes to reduce size and weight of these systems by leveraging low-loss PolyStrata-integrated component and interconnects. The PolyStrata process enables highly accurate, repeatable, compact, low loss filters which can stack to further reduce footprint. With savings in weight and size Nuvotronics will increase the total functionality by increasing the number of frequency bands served by a single CubeSat. A recent advancement in switches will be implemented eliminating the need for a motor to control the reflector, creating further reductions in power and weight. A novel interconnect structure will be showcased that can be implemented on any MMICs to provide a manufacturable, low loss, impedance matched method of launching onto MMICs in bands up to 300 GHz.