New Aerospace & Defense Innovations and Concepts from RF to THz to be Presented at IMS 2024

New Aerospace & Defense Innovations and Concepts from RF to THz to be Presented at IMS 2024

At the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2024 to be held in Washington DC, attendees will be introduced to the latest innovations and concepts related to aerospace and defense, from RF to THz applications. The wireless technologies that engineers help develop; become the answer to keeping connected conveniences in our mobile world. In mission critical environments, similar technological advancements help protect, whether it be from the advancement of drone swarms, detection and targeting of aerial targets, and higher accuracy in the operational environment.

There are a multitude of RF and wireless technologies within aerospace applications, including commercial aircraft, satellite systems and GPS navigation and remote sensing. Security applications include control and monitoring of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMSO), jamming, secure communications, search and tracking AESA radars, and additional forms of signal intelligence. The speakers will cover innovations across many of these technologies during the event.

The Washington DC region is home to many high technology companies, major aerospace and defense firms, government science & technology agencies, and national laboratories, including the U.S. Army and Navy Research Labs. RTX, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin are also headquartered here. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is conveniently located in neighboring Arlington, VA. All of these enable attendees from this industry to make easy commute to the IMS location.

Program Highlights

“Redundancy from the Sea Floor to Space: Building Reliable Capabilities for the Joint Force”- Due to unforeseen circumstances, Hon. Heidi Shyu will be represented by Dr. Peter Highnam

Dr. Peter Highnam, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Critical Technologies. Office of the Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering 

Abstract: Microelectronics form the backbone of modern electronic systems, essential for both military and commercial applications. However, challenges such as diminishing domestic manufacturing and supply chain vulnerabilities have underscored national security risks. In response, the Department of Defense (DoD) is collaborating with industry and academia to ensure secure and robust sources of microelectronics. Leveraging cutting-edge commercial developments, the DoD aims to bolster defense microelectronic solutions. Furthermore, the DoD is spearheading FutureG, a suite of advanced wireless network technologies, in partnership with commercial entities. This initiative not only supports military operations but also contributes to maintaining a free and open internet. As Fifth Generation (5G) technology evolves, FutureG will provide innovative solutions, guiding future standards and cementing U.S. leadership in information technology.

In an address delivered by The Honorable Heidi Shyu, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, the importance of wideband sensors in highly contested environments will be discussed as will how the DoD is prioritizing the development of multifunctional sensors capable of addressing cyber, electronic warfare, radar, and communication threats. Shyu will argue this integrated approach, from the ocean floor to space, will ensure reliability, adaptability, and superiority for the joint force in confronting advanced adversaries.


WSC: Latest Developments in RF/MW Devices, Circuits and System Technology for High-Power Applications in ISM and Aerospace & Defense

Conference: IMS

Organizers: Gabriele Formicone, David Brown 

Organizer organizations: Integra Technologies, BAE Systems 

Location: 209ABC

Abstract: This workshop gathers together world experts, research and industry leaders to report and discuss the latest RF/MW technology developments that continue to drive innovation in high-power applications in Aerospace & Defense, as well as in ISM.

WMM: Space-Borne Microwave and THz Instruments for Earth/Planetary Science Applications

Technical Sessions:

TU2GMicrowave Based Space Based Solar Power

Location: 143ABC

Abstract: Space-based solar power has been in discussion for the last 40 years at least, but recently, with technological advances and the increase in gas cost, this topic is on the table again, not only in academic environments but especially in governmental programs. Some of the countries investing significantly in this approach include USA, Japan, China, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, and more recently the EU. The concept implies collecting energy out in space and beaming it to where needed, on earth or any other planet or satellite; one of the most recent ideas has been to use it to power up moon stations by creating a microwave energy link network on the moon. This special session's objective is to bring researchers in this area to IMS and to discuss the novelties in microwave transmitters and receivers, those being highly efficient power amplifiers or highly efficient RF to DC converters.

Sessions on Tuesday (18 June)

Tu2G-1: (Space-based solar) Wireless Power Transfer: The Airbus vision

Author: Volker Ziegler 

Organization: Airbus 

Time: 10:10 - 10:30

Tu2G-2: Toward an Ecosystem of Wireless Energy from Earth to Space and Back

Author: Ali Hajimiri 

Organization: Caltech 

Time: 10:30 - 10:50

Tu2G-3: Space Based Solar Power in Japan

Author: Naoki Shinohara 

Organization: Kyoto Univ. 

Time: 10:50 - 11:10

Tu2G-4: ESA’s Solaris Initiative and results from recent Concept studies on Space-based Solar Power Systems

Author: Sanjay Vijendran 

Organization: ESA 

Time: 11:10 - 11:30

Tu2G-5: POWER: Persistent Optical Wireless Energy Relay, and DARPA’s pathway to Energy Web Dominance

Author: Paul Jaffe 

Organization: DARPA 

Time: 11:30 - 11:50

We1F: Airborne and Space Systems

Chair: Dennis Lewis 

Chair organization: Boeing 

Co-chair: Glenn Hopkins 

Co-chair organization: Georgia Tech 

Location: 147AB

Abstract: This session highlights advances in low-altitude, stratospheric and low-earth-orbit radiometers and communication systems.

Sessions on Wednesday (19 June)

We1F-1: Direct-Detect 250/310 GHz Pseudo-Correlation Radiometer and Double-Sideband 380 GHz Sounder for Ice Cloud Sensing

Authors: Akim A. Babenko, Pekka Kangaslahti, Isaac Ramos, Mehmet Ogut, Caitlyn M. Cooke, William Deal 

Organizations: Jet Propulsion Lab, Jet Propulsion Lab, Jet Propulsion Lab, Jet Propulsion Lab, Northrop Grumman, Northrop Grumman 

Time: 08:00 - 08:20

We1F-2: A Hybrid CMOS-InP W-Band Imaging Radiometer with Compact MetaSurface Antenna for UAV-Based Wildfire Imaging

Authors: Adrian Tang, Nacer Chahat, Gaurangi Gupta 

Organizations: Jet Propulsion Lab, Jet Propulsion Lab, Jet Propulsion Lab 

Time: 08:20 - 08:40

We1F-3: UAV-Based Relays Using Active Phased Arrays for Non-Line-of-Sight Millimeter-Wave Communications: Real-Time Field Testing

Authors: Xiaofei Zhang, Nita Esfarayeni, Ahmed Ben Ayed, Mohammad Abdollah Chalaki, Pouya Namaki, Huixin Jin, Slim Boumaiza 

Organizations: Univ. of Waterloo, Univ. of Waterloo, Univ. of Waterloo, Univ. of Waterloo, Univ. of Waterloo, Univ. of Waterloo, Univ. of Waterloo 

Time: 08:40 - 09:00

We1F-4: Prototype Design of Airborne Antenna System for HAPS Backhaul Networks Using 100 GHz Band Frequency

Authors: Toshiyuki Nishibori, Nozomi Okada, Kimihiro Kimura, Toshio Sato, Kazuhiko Tamesue, Kunihisa Jitsuno, Takuro Sato, Tetsuya Kawanishi 

Organizations: JAXA, JAXA, JAXA, Waseda Univ., Waseda Univ., Waseda Univ., Waseda Univ., Waseda Univ. 

Time: 09:00 - 09:20

We2F: Mixed-signal circuits and systems for space and communication applications

Chair: Hermann Boss 

Chair organization: Rohde & Schwarz 

Co-chair: Christian Carlowitz

Co-chair organization: FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Location: 147AB

Abstract: The session addresses mixed-signal circuits and systems applied to ground penetrating radars to analyze sub-surfaces of planetary bodies, radio astronomy circuits for self-calibration, radiation-hardened and -tolerant synthesizers, and real-time digital linearization techniques for high-linearity power amplifiers.

Sessions on Wednesday (19 June)

We2F-1: KEYNOTE: Recent Advances in Signal Processing Technologies for Wireless and Optical Communications

Author: Young-Kai Chen

Organization: Coherent

Time: 10:10 - 10:30

We2F-2: A 10-Bit DAC 3GS/s Interpolating DDFS for Distortion-Limited Long Acquisition Time FMCW Ground Penetrating Radars

Authors: Arhison Bharathan, Adrian Tang, Mau-Chung Frank Chang 

Organizations: Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Jet Propulsion Lab, Univ. of California, Los Angeles 

Time:10:30 - 10:50

We2F-3: S-Band Phase-Locked Loop Frequency Synthesizer for Satellite Communication and Space Applications

Authors: Xinlin Xia, Yanjie Wang 

Organizations: SCUT, SCUT 

Time: 10:50 - 11:10

We2F-4: Microwave Frequency Comb Generator for Radio Astronomy Applications

Authors: Michael Toennies, Rabi Wang, William Diener, Andrey Matsko 

Organizations: Jet Propulsion Lab, Jet Propulsion Lab, Jet Propulsion Lab, Jet Propulsion Lab 

Time: 11:10 - 11:30

We2F-5: Update Time of a Closed-Loop Digital Pre-Distortion on an RF System-on-Chip for Reconfigurable Transmitters

Authors: Francesco Raimondo, Jiteng Ma, Mark A. Beach, Tommaso Cappello 

Organizations: Univ. of Bristol, Univ. of Bristol, Univ. of Bristol, Univ. of Bristol 

Time: 11:30 - 11:50

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