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High Gain Common Data Link (CDL) Antennas for Networking UAV Nodes

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N131-007-0094
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N131-007
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
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: 2013
Title: High Gain Common Data Link (CDL) Antennas for Networking UAV Nodes
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68335-13-C-0306
Award Amount: $79,966.00
 

Abstract:

In this Phase I effort, FIRST RF will develop and evaluate concepts enabling highly directive multi-beam TCDL communications using phased arrays integrated on the Fire Scout UAV platform. Phased array systems allow for dynamic beam steering with graceful degradation. Wide elevation patterns desirable for air-to-air or air-to-ground communications are achieved by using a linear array topology. These arrays also have the benefit of a narrow azimuth radiation pattern conducive to point-to-point communications and networking waveforms. Highly selective filters isolate TCDL uplink and downlink channels and allows for multi-beam functionality as well as the ability to simultaneously transmit and receive on each channel. FIRST RF proposes an innovative approach that leverages innovative phased array architecture to provide a highly functional TCDL communications node with multi-beam capability. Commercial applications of this technology have also been identified.

Principal Investigator:

Ian Rumsey
Senior RF Engineer
(303) 449-5211
irumsey@firstrf.com

Business Contact:

Jeanne Hill-Jurik
Contracts Manager
(303) 449-5211
jhill-jurik@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