Hypres transitions SQUID array technology for HDR antenna applications to SBIR Phase 3 contract

ELMSFORD, N.Y., 2 Feb. 2010. Hypres Inc., developer of the Digital-RF product line, achieved a milestone by transitioning its SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device) array antenna application to the SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) Phase III level with a new contract value of nearly $3 million.

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ELMSFORD, N.Y., 2 Feb. 2010. Hypres Inc., developer of the Digital-RF product line, achieved a milestone by transitioning its SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device) array antenna application to the SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) Phase III level with a new contract value of nearly $3 million.

In this phase, the company will collaborate with the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) to produce a high dynamic range (HDR) Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) antenna with superior performance and size, weight, and power improvements over conventional antennas.

Transitioning technologies to Phase III is the goal of every SBIR program and represents successful R&D and prototyping in the earlier phases.

"We are very excited about our success in SQUID array technology and look forward to working with our partners to transition it to mainstream weapon systems," says Richard Hitt, Hypres CEO. "This important milestone was made possible by the dedication and expertise of Dr. Oleg Mukhanov and his team, and the excellent working relationship with the Navy."

Hypres SQUID array research was initiated under a U.S. Army SBIR Phase I project and transitioned to SSC Pacific in Phase II. The transition to Phase III was supported by the Navy Transition Assistance Program (TAP), which provided business and market research support to accelerate the transition of the technology, and culminated with the Navy Opportunity Forum this past June in Washington, D.C.

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