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Affordable, High-Efficiency, Low-Profile VICTS X-Band Phased Array Antenna for…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
75116
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-034-1399
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ThinKom Solutions, Inc.
20000 Mariner Ave, Suite 500 Torrance, CA 90503-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Affordable, High-Efficiency, Low-Profile VICTS X-Band Phased Array Antenna for Tactical Aircraft
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-05-C-0199
Award Amount: $149,460.00
 

Abstract:

Navy tactical aircraft, (e.g. F/A-18, P-3, EA-6, V-22 and JSF) need high data rate (e.g. T1) over-the-horizon communications for rapid re-targeting, damage assessment reporting, on/off-board sensor fusion, and real-time mission critical communications. The new X-Band SATCOM system, XTAR, is being considered by DOD for such use due to the higher data rates it provides via smaller antennas. These small antenna systems need RHCP and LHCP, to transmit and receive (with sufficient T-R isolation), and 25dBic antenna directivity (or equivalent T/R capabilities) over nearly the entire upper hemisphere, requiring steerable transmit and receive beams. ThinKom will conducted research, trade studies and analysis on ThinKom's highly affordable Variable Inclination Continuous Transverse Stub (VICTS) phased array antenna technology and recommend suitable antenna systems for such tactical aircraft. ThinKom estimates small (approximately 13.5"), low profile (approximately 2") surface mounted VICTS antennas (or cavity mounted for LO) will provide the desired T/R performance up to 70 degrees off zenith. In addition, VICTS antenna systems are physically robust enough to withstand airborne environments, while using low-cost commercial materials and processes. Further, VICTS antenna systems, versus Actively Electronically Scanned Antennas, provide comparable performance with a 60%-70% smaller footprint and an 80%-90% lower cost.

Principal Investigator:

William W. Milroy
CTO
3103715486
BillM@thin-kom.com

Business Contact:

Michael A. Burke
President/CEO
3103715486
MikeB@thin-kom.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

THINKOM SOLUTIONS, INC.
3825 Del Amo Blvd., Suite 200 Torrance, CA 90503

EIN/Tax ID: 954801643
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No