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Embedded Self-repairing Antenna Composite (ESAC)

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Department of Defense
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2014 / STTR
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NextGen Aeronautics, Inc.
CA Suite 400 Torrance, CA 90505-5341
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: Embedded Self-repairing Antenna Composite (ESAC)
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15P7T-14-C-A205
Award Amount: $149,985.00


The goal of the proposed research is to develop self-healing embedded communication antennas to be used in transparent armori.e., ground vehicle windows. Embedded antennas are known to delaminate from their host structures after impact; this allows an empty space to form around the antenna and as a result detunes the antenna. A sandwich structure will be designed, fabricated, and tested whereby the antenna is embedded in a self-healing transparent armor. Upon delamination the antenna will reform its seal the armor materials. This effort will demonstrate that these near-kissing joint interfaces will heal after they have delaminated. NextGen Aeronautics will team with the University of California, Irvine to co-develop this innovate damage-resistant self-healing transparent antenna. We will deliver a self-healing antenna sandwich structure (nominally 4"x4") for eventual transition into transparent armorincluding bulletproof windows and self-repairing armor composites. We will consult with armor manufacturers to ensure full compatibility with existing bulletproof and ballistic glass laminates

Principal Investigator:

Robert Bortolin
Principal Investigator
(310) 626-8389

Business Contact:

Zoltan Feher
Manager, Contracts and Pricing
(310) 626-8384
Small Business Information at Submission:

NextGen Aeronautics
CA Suite 400 Torrance, CA 90505-5341

EIN/Tax ID: 030404178
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
5171 California, Suite 150
Irvine, CA 92697-
Contact: Chris Abernethy
Contact Phone: (949) 824-1749