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4-meter Class Inflatable Antenna

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
GATR Technologies
11506 Gilleland Rd Huntsville, AL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: 4-meter Class Inflatable Antenna
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-13-C-5033
Award Amount: $1,497,977.00


ABSTRACT: The technical objective of this Phase II SBIR is to develop and test a 4-meter class inflatable Satellite Communications(SATCOM) antenna terminal in Ku-band. This effort will focus on maturing the component technologies involved with radome material selection, Ku-band RF feed and feed mount design, and development of mechanical/electrical interfaces for pointing and steering, and to transition all of the components into a prototype 4-m aperture SATCOM antenna. BENEFIT: The US military has a stated requirement to pass high bandwidth communications to and from theater and regional hubs. The development of a 4-meter class inflatable SATCOM antenna will meet that need while reducing transport weight and cube by greater than 20:1 over current hard-dish hub SATCOM antennas. The GATR antenna will enable establishment of quick-entry SATCOM hubs in theater, and will enable on-site back-up and sparing capabilities that currently do not exist.

Principal Investigator:

Paul Gierow
(256) 382-1334

Business Contact:

Janette Rawls
Contract Administrator
(256) 382-1334
Small Business Information at Submission:

GATR Technologies
11506 Gilleland Rd Huntsville, AL -

EIN/Tax ID: 201316185
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No