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E-Band Gimbaled Dish Antenna

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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FIRST RF Corporation
CO Boulder, CO 80301-2312
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: E-Band Gimbaled Dish Antenna
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA9453-11-M-0066
Award Amount: $99,916.00


ABSTRACT: FIRST RF proposes three lightweight E-Band gimbaled dish solutions that meet the need for scanning in two axes from a Geosynchronous Orbiting satellite (GEO). The designs are based on a gimbaled main reflector fore steering in one axis, but vary the method by which the orthogonal axis is scanned. During Phase I, FIRST RF will establish RF, mechanical, system and cost models of each approach and downselect the best value to the Air Force. In addition, we offer a wide-beam antenna to operate in concert with the steered beam antenna to maximize applications and transition opportunities. FIRST RF personnel have designed and fielded antennas for dozens of space applications currently in use. BENEFIT: As more data is becoming available from the proliferation of UAVs, the demand for wideband Beyond Line of Site data transfer will increase tremendously. The proposed technology meets the needs of the space terminal. Our close cooperation with the prime and user community puts FIRST RF in a unique position to commercialize the technology quickly. In addition, we can work with these same users to define/develop the terrestrial or airborne terminal.

Principal Investigator:

P. K. Kelly
Director of Engineering
(303) 449-5211

Business Contact:

Theresa C. Boone
(303) 449-5211
Small Business Information at Submission:

4865 Sterling Drive Boulder, CO -

EIN/Tax ID: 651165101
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No