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A Compact, Battery-Powered RF Generator for UAV Payloads

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Applied Physical Electronics, L.C.
PO Box 341149 Austin, TX 78734-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: A Compact, Battery-Powered RF Generator for UAV Payloads
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: DASG60-01-P-0061
Award Amount: $69,584.00


Applied Physical Electronics, L. C. (APELC) offers a portable, battery-powered RF generator well suited for UAV payloads, laboratory or field use. This proposed system would build on the current success of APELC's current Phase II efforts, in which largerimpulse generators are being developed. This proposed system will incorporate those successes to generate an impulse of microwave energy, at very high peak power (10's - 100's MW), while maintaining a compact, battery-powered design suitable for UAVapplications. As a UAV payload, it could be flown autonomously into a region such as to disrupt electronic systems aboard incoming missiles. A group of UAV systems could essentially setup a dynamic electromagnetic minefield. The device will becontinuously variable in peak voltage output (to the antenna) in the range of 34 - 212 kV. Furthermore, the system will offer the flexibility of operating with a continuously variable repetition rate from single shot to 50 Hz, thus, allowing control overthe energy delivered to the device under test (DUT).The development of the compact, portable Marx generator will result in an extremely flexible high powered microwave device suitable for both military and commercial applications. For the military market,this system is well suited as a UAV payload for missile defense, as well as for electronic warfare. The system also bodes well for RF mitigation testing. Likewise, in the commercial realm, with the threat of terrorist activities, the system may be usedfor RF mitigation of common electronic systems.

Principal Investigator:

Jon Mayes

Business Contact:

Jon Mayes
Small Business Information at Submission:

602 Explorer Austin, TX 78734

EIN/Tax ID: 752756093
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No