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Lightweight, High-Bandwidth Conformal Antenna System for Ballistic Helmets…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
77455
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A062-089-0113
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SI2 Technologies
267 Boston Road North Billerica, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Lightweight, High-Bandwidth Conformal Antenna System for Ballistic Helmets (1000-065)
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15P7T-07-C-D406
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

SI2 Technologies, Inc. (SI2) proposes to design a high-efficiency, conformal antenna system for integration with ballistic helmets and soldier tactical radios. The proposed system will afford reliable communications capability to the individual soldier without significant weight addition or changes to the helmet's visual profile. Previous antenna approaches poorly insulated soldiers from emitted radiation (resulting in a loss of omnidirectionality due to screening by the soldier's body), employed connectors that were unsuitable for the battlefield environment (i.e., were fragile or reduced soldier mobility), and exhibited insufficient bandwidth. SI2's helmet antenna design will minimize soldier exposure to RF radiation while maximizing the soldier's communications flexibility and access to multiple data streams. State-of-the-art connector technologies will render the antenna system battlefield-ready and soldier-friendly. Several means of integrating the antenna system with the helmet will be explored as part of a trade study in Phase I. SI2's conformal antenna manufacturing capabilities will be demonstrated at the conclusion of Phase I, with further development of the antenna system design and manufacturing approaches to be undertaken in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Erik Handy
Principal Investigator
9784955300
ehandy@si2technologies.com

Business Contact:

Joseph Kunze
President
9784955300
jkunze@si2technologies.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SI2 TECHNOLOGIES
267 Boston Road North Billerica, MA 01862

EIN/Tax ID: 061691966
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No