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Northrop Grumman to highlight GaN MMIC technology

The company will showcase its gallium nitride devices used in commercial, military and scientific missions
                                                                                                                                             Northrop Grumman Corporation will highlight its specialised space capabilities at SATELLITE 2014 for products ranging from secure military satellite communications to antenna technologies that will help NASA monitor California's ongoing drought.

The annual conference and exhibition is being held March 10th to 13th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Centre in Washington, D.C. Programs featured at the company's exhibit #7111 will include two company initiatives that leverage government and company investments in technologies to make SATCOM more affordable and resilient.

Northrop Grumman will showcase products that incorporate technologies the company developed for the U.S. Air Force's protected satellites currently on orbit but adapted for future architectures.

These will include GaN Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (GaN MMICs). The company has developed a line of GaN MMICs for military and commercial uses based on its high-frequency GaN process that achieved top-level performance and quality under military contracts received beginning in 2002. Target customers are in the defence and commercial ground satellite communication terminal markets and the commercial wireless infrastructure market.

Scientific missions will be another focus of Northrop Grumman's activities at SATELLITE 2014. Astro Aerospace, a Northrop Grumman strategic business unit, is providing a deployable satellite reflector and boom assembly for NASA's Soil Moisture Active/Passive (SMAP) mission. The agency says SMAP will advance its ability to monitor droughts like the evolving one in California, and predict floods and mitigate their related impacts on people's lives.

The company also will give a presentation that explains the various components of protected SATCOM Wednesday, March 12th, at 10:30 a.m. in the main exhibit hall - Exhibitor Showcase Theatre. The speaker will be Northrop Grumman's Tim Frei, vice president, communication systems.



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