Photo credit: NRAO / AUI / NSF, S. Dagnello
Qorvo® (Nasdaq: QRVO), a leading provider of innovative radio frequency (RF) solutions that connect the world, announced today that its Spatium® Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA) technology is playing a key role in a new planetary radar experiment with the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia. Planetary radar is instrumental in characterizing near-earth objects (NEOs) by enabling precise measurement of shape, rotation, position and an estimate of composition.
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and Raytheon Intelligence & Space (RI&S) are collaborating on a project to improve planetary radar capabilities that would enable earlier and more accurate analysis of targeted NEOs. Until now, conventional radar has lacked the necessary power to identify and characterize smaller NEOs. Qorvo’s space power amplifier technology provides benefits of higher RF output power and reliability and could play a key role in the next generation of ground-based planetary radars.
NRAO performed the first-ever transmission from the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia using an RI&S radar. The test provided detailed images of the Apollo 15 lunar landing site via a transmitter installed on the Green Bank Telescope. At the heart of this RF transmitter is the Spatium technology, 700 watt, 13-16 GHz SSPA, which provides the power required to achieve this technological milestone.
“Our first radar study with Raytheon characterized the moon in unexpected ways, and we anticipate this upcoming study will do the same for near-earth objects,” said Tony Beasley, director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and vice president of radio astronomy at Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI). “Every milestone that we reach in this and other research and technology collaborations informs and improves our efforts for the next generation of radio telescopes and observations.”
This new ability paves the way for exploring other planets and objects in the solar system without launching additional space probes or satellites. Since the 1950s, strong radar signals have been emitted from Earth into space and reflected by objects in our solar system. Using the Green Bank Telescope and Spatium as transmitters will improve scientists’ ability to use radar to explore the solar system with ground-based instruments.
Roger Hall, General Manager of High Performance Solutions at Qorvo, said, “We are proud to be part of this historic technological milestone. Spatium technology offers a unique value proposition in the marketplace and offers customers a solution not available anywhere else. We continue to invest in and develop new standard derivatives with higher performance of Spatium products for K, Ka and Ku bands to meet the growing demands of our customers. “
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Green Bank Observatory are National Science Foundation facilities operated by Associated Universities, Inc. under a collaborative agreement.
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