The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to NuWaves Engineering to research and develop advanced RF cavity filters to be used on Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellites.
NuWaves has worked with Exelis Geospatial Systems Positioning, Navigation and Timing business located in Clifton, New Jersey, to recommend an innovative method to dramatically reduce the size and weight of space-based diplexers, triplexers, and quadruplexers or n-plexers for multicarrier RF combining by incorporating specialized inserts within the filter cavities.
Jeff Wells, President and CEO of NuWaves Engineering said, Our team s solution has the potential to drive a significant reduction in the GPS III satellite s launch weight, reducing cost to orbit. We re thrilled to have GPS III navigation payload provider Exelis on the team, and together we look forward to helping the Air Force exceed its GPS III mission goals.
Mark Pisani, vice president and general manager of positioning, navigation and timing systems at Exelis said, Exelis welcomes the opportunity to work with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and NuWaves with researching and developing this advanced technology to improve the GPS technological base.