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Dielectric Measuring Tool for Radome Checkout

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
79126
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-327-1791
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road Austin, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Dielectric Measuring Tool for Radome Checkout
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8103-07-C-0193
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

Phase I showed that the proposed approach can solve the radome checkout problem. A handheld, low power microwave probe was built and tested on radomes containing a variety of flaws that cause radar performance problems, including thickness variations, moisture ingress, crushed core, delaminations and debonds. This system reliably detected anomalies throughout composite thickness from one side. Both simulated and actual retired radomes were tested. Other Phase I experiments show that correctly applied radome paints, as well as previous repairs that passed FFR testing, do not cause false positives. Phase II work includes further refinements of the prototype, ruggedization, field trials at radome repair facilities (both commercial and military) and a complete commercialization strategy. The Phase II system will provide quantitative radar performance data that can be used to determine if the radome will pass FFR testing.

Principal Investigator:

Russell Austin
Principal Investigator
5122632101
raustin@tri-austin.com

Business Contact:

Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
5122632101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AUSTIN, INC.
9063 Bee Caves Road Austin, TX 78733

EIN/Tax ID: 742518103
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No