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Center Independent Research & Development: JPL IRAD

Implementation of a Solid State Amplifier Module for One Megawatt Solid State Solar System Radar

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We are proposing the development of a new generation of transmitters for the GSSR based on solid-state technology.  The ultimate goal is to develop a 1 MW solid-state transmitter operating at X-band that can provide reliable high output power with graceful degradation and ease of replacement to minimize down time.  We envision the MWSSR to house 1024 SPCA amplifier modules. There will be 64 sections, containing 16 SPCAs modules each. A 16-way power combiner waveguide will combine the output of 16 SPCA modules thus producing 16 kW of power. The MWSSR will have 64 16-way power combiners that will be further combined to produce the desired 1 MW of power.

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