Development and fabrication of low-mass, low-power, internally-calibrated, MMIC-based millimeter-wave radiometers at 92 and 166 GHz
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This thesis discusses the design, fabrication, and testing of two millimeter-wave internally calibrated MMIC based radiometers operating at 92 and 166 GHz. These laboratory prototype radiometers are intended to increase the technological maturity of the radiometer components and reduce the risk, development time and cost of deploying satellite based radiometers operating in the 90-170 GHz frequency range. Specifically, radiometers at similar frequencies are being considered on NASA's SWOT mission, planned for launch in 2020. The SWOT mission is an ocean altimetry mission intended to increase the ...