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Conformal Appliqué Antennas for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Aircraft

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Special Operations Command
Award ID:
76898
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
S061-002-0065
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORPORATION
5340 Airport Blvd. Boulder, CO 80301-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Conformal Appliqué Antennas for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Aircraft
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Contract: H92222-06-P-0061
Award Amount: $99,990.00
 

Abstract:

Current methods of transmitting low-frequency RF energy from airborne platforms involve antennas such as blades that are electrically inefficient and a place a large aerodynamic burden on the airframe. SOCOM desires a method of efficiently transmitting low-frequency energy (VHF-UHF) at high power levels from airborne platforms. The desired gain numbers (-2 to 0 dB) at these frequencies would require a blade antenna that would render the aircraft non-airworthy. FIRST RF is currently in production, at TRL 9, with an antenna that already meets SOCOM's electrical specifications and that, with minor design modifications, can be easily adapted to SOCOM's airborne needs. All of the proposed antenna configurations are dependent upon a similar, fully developed technology. Because the RF development of this antenna is at such an advanced stage, the Phase I efforts can focus on RF performance in the mounted configuration, aerodynamic impact, mechanical interfaces, and a commercialization strategy that includes a production plan. We approach SOCOM with a matrix of design solutions that trade performance parameters such as bandwidth, gain, aerodynamic cross-section and ease-of-installation. FIRST RF is committed to providing the most field-expedient solution. At the program kickoff meeting, we will deliver SOCOM a working prototype of the pylon antenna.

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