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Platform Independent Omni-directional Antennas

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place Suite 202 Charlottesville, VA 22901-2496
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Platform Independent Omni-directional Antennas
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0170
Award Amount: $98,936.00


Increasingly, enemy forces employ technologies that either depend on RF communications or produce detectable RF signatures. Thus, there are many types of RF signals and signatures that can be detected over a variety of different frequency bands and environments by RF sensors. When received, this information can be exploited to confront or avoid potential threats. These sensors operate on different platforms, and typically are tuned to detect specific threats, over unique frequency bands and with unique fidelity requirements on the received signals. As diverse as these applications are, so are the various antennas fabricated for use with these sensors. When a new sensing requirement arises, a new, application-specific antenna must be designed and developed. DARPA seeks to obviate the need to repeatedly develop application-specific antenna technology by developing a receive-only, omni-directional antenna that can be used for a range of RF sensor applications over a wide 6-18 GHz band. Barron Associates, Inc., in conjunction with L-3 Communications, Communication Systems-West, propose to develop a Platform-Independent Omni-Directional Antenna (PIODA), which will provide DARPA with a versatile, omni-directional antenna. With the additional requirements that the antenna be small and reconfigurable across the band, this challenging problem demands significant innovations in the antenna design.

Principal Investigator:

Todd Summers
Research Scientist

Business Contact:

Connie Hoover
General Manager
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1410 Sachem Place Suite 202 Charlottesville, VA 22901

EIN/Tax ID: 541243694
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No