Wideband Radiation Aperture
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
ThinKom, with > 10 years experience developing and producing lightweight, low-cost and high-efficiency antennas using Continuous Transverse Stub (CTS) antenna technology (and a license to CTS from Raytheon), and two years of commercial antenna technology development, including innovative antenna technologies such as WAVETRAP (wideband, near-omni offering beam shaping and beam steering capabilities) and a dual band variant of VICTS (Variable Inclined CTS), will investigate and recommend a Wideband Radiating Aperture antenna technology and design addressing the K, Ka and Q operating bands. Recommended antenna (or antennas) will exhibit these features: 1) total radiation efficiency > 70% (< 0.5dB ohmic loss between amplifiers and free space), 2) offer low (approximately 10 ohms) match to amplifiers (e.g. HPA & LNA) to achieve high power added efficiency and low noise figure, 3) be physically low profile (< 2-3 inches thick), small (about 15-20 inches in diameter) and light weight (< 50 lb), 4) be of robust physical construction to withstand both airborne and ground vehicle environments, and 5) use low cost commercial materials and processes to achieve affordability.
Small Business Information at Submission:
THINKOM SOLUTIONS, INC.
3825 Del Amo Blvd., Suite 200 Torrance, CA 90503
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