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High UHF Slot Antenna for Nano-Satellites

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
98598
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-105-1038
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-105
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Azimuth Corporation
4134 Linden Ave. Suite 300 Dayton, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: High UHF Slot Antenna for Nano-Satellites
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N66001-10-M-5115
Award Amount: $69,997.00
 

Abstract:

The armed forces commonly use UHF frequencies for mobile communications including ships at sea. At UHF frequencies, communications is predominately line-of-sight. In many situations, mobile communications is dependent on UHF space assets. The use of nano-satellites is an attractive alternative to large geosynchronous satellites because they reduce costs while increasing flexibility and adaptability. The challenge of using nano-satellites as UHF communications relays is the integration of an inherently large antenna with a tiny satellite. The wavelength of the UHF signal can be up to ten times the size of the nano-satellite. Add the requirement that the antenna has sufficient gain to communicate with relatively small mobile UHF units and the challenge of reducing the antenna size is significantly greater. The Azimuth Team proposes to design, build, and characterize an innovative UHF antenna concept whose size is sufficiently small to be integrated with a nano-satellite without noticeable increasing the atmospheric drag on the low Earth orbiting spacecraft. In spite of its small size, the UHF antenna will deliver the 11 dB of gain required for mobile communications.

Principal Investigator:

John Dickman
Principal Investigator
9372568571
jdickman@azimuth-corp.com

Business Contact:

Charles Rossi
Vice President
9372568571
crossi@azimuth-corp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Azimuth Corporation
4134 Linden Ave. Suite 300 Dayton, OH 45432

EIN/Tax ID: 311785178
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No