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Low-Profile Wideband SATCOM Antennas (LPWSA) for Airborne Platforms

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A113-132-0028
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-132
Solicitation Number:
2011.3
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORPORATION
5340 Airport Blvd. Boulder, CO 80301-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Low-Profile Wideband SATCOM Antennas (LPWSA) for Airborne Platforms
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911QX-12-C-0023
Award Amount: $149,641.00
 

Abstract:

Affordable, low profile SATCOM On the Move (OTM) terminals are a subject of intense research due to the cost, performance and physical burden of current systems. For airborne ISR platforms like EMARSS and others, SATCOM uplinks using a gimbaled dish on the top fuselage centerline are the preferred means of backhauling large volumes of ISR data. Due to the reasons listed above, alternate SATCOM terminals for Ku-Band (threshold) and Ka-Band (objective) are desired. FIRST RF proposes a Ku/Ka Band terminal that is low profile, offers high gain to close high datarate links, and maintains an attractive cost target. The proposed solution is a hybrid approach: by combining both mechanical and electrical steering, fine pointing accuracy is maintained using affordable technology. The proposed hybrid approach substantially reduces the cost of RF electronics modules, and eases the burden on fine-beam pointing algorithms. During Phase I, FIRST RF will perform full systems design; design, build and test a passive panel; and design, build and test a single active RF module. During Phase II we will produce an active array.

Principal Investigator:

Keith Kelly
Director of Engineering
(303) 449-5211
pkelly@firstrf.com

Business Contact:

Theresa C. Boone
President
(303) 449-5211
tboone@firstrf.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

FIRST RF CORPORATION
5340 Airport Blvd. Boulder, CO -

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