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Aug 1, 2011

GATR Technologies
Huntsville, Alabama 35803

Benefits of Technology Transfer - Project:  Large Inflatable Thin Film Antenna with Rigidized Support Structure

Collaboration helped achieve FCC certification, enabling inflatable antenna technology to aid relief effort 

A technology with roots in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is benefiting from an ongoing technology transfer relationship with NASA’s Glenn Research Center and leading to faster on-the-ground communications support for disaster relief efforts and military operations. The inflatable antenna from the GATR Technologies® company can provide emergency Internet access, cell coverage, and phone lines over satellite networks via a compact package that can be deployed in less than an hour. Technology developed through a 1998 SBIR contract served as the basis for the technology, and the...