Ultra-Light Interlaced Active Electronically Steerable Antennas (ULI-AESA)
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Toyon Research Corporation proposes to demonstrate a very lightweight, power-efficient AESA antenna to meet the needs of small UAVs performing ISR missions over the battlefield. The antenna utilizes a hybrid active/passive architecture that minimizes T/R module count and total power consumption for equivalent radar capability, while maintaining full ESA steering capability. The ESA electronics are also unique by virtue of using discrete devices bump-bonded onto low-cost substrates. This reduces cost by increasing T/R module yield. The devices themselves, utilize a mix of technologies that have been optimized for power-efficient operation. A clever low-power digital transceiver design based on COTs components is integrated into this antenna system providing scalability to various classes of UAVs and flexibility to process signals from a suite of on-board antennas.
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Senior Scientist, Vice-Pr
TOYON RESEARCH CORP.
6800 Cortona Drive Goleta, CA 93117
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