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Rugged, Low-Cost, Nondielectric Missile Radome

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
70318
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N043-242-0873
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORPORATION
5340 Airport Blvd. Boulder, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Rugged, Low-Cost, Nondielectric Missile Radome
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68936-05-C-0005
Award Amount: $79,969.00
 

Abstract:

Missiles will soon have the capability of traveling at higher speeds and over longer ranges than previously possible, resulting in uniquely demanding radome requirements. As seeker technology has been evolving to higher frequencies from X-band through W-band, traditional dielectric radome designs have struggled to meet the evolving requirements in electrical performance and environmental survivability while remaining affordable and easy to manufacture. Though electrically suitable, sandwiched radomes require costly processes with manufacturing tolerances becoming progressively more demanding with increases in frequencies used by RF systems. Alternate radome designs are desired that can be manufactured and characterized using simple materials and processes. A novel radome is proposed that uses a combination of conductors and dielectrics. The use of metal radomes with slots and holes are of particular interest as simple machining and filling of holes in a metallic aerodynamic dome will provide a very simple, producible, low loss, rugged design. The design is based on thick wall FSS technology that has been applied to radomes in the past. Modern numerical analysis allows efficient optimization of the design.

Principal Investigator:

Farzin Lalezari
Principal Investigator
3034495211
flalezari@firstrf.com

Business Contact:

Theresa Boone
Chief Operating Officer
3034495211
tboone@firstrf.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

FIRST RF CORP.
4865 Sterling Drive, Suite 100 Boulder, CO 80301

EIN/Tax ID: 651165101
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No