CONFORMAL UHF (SATCOM) ANTENNA FOR TACTICAL AIRCRAFT

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 13187
Amount: $49,521.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Atlantic Aerospace Electronics
6404 Ivy Ln - Ste 300, Greenbelt, MD, 20770
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anthony Modelfino
 (301) 982-5237
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PHASE I PROPOSAL IS TO FINALIZE A PRELIMINARY DESIGN OF A UNIQUE ANTENNA ELEMENT DEVELOPED AT ATLANTIC AEROSPACE FOR USE AS A UHF SATCOM ANTENNA ON TACTICAL NAVY AIRCRAFT. THE UNDERLYING PRINCIPLES OF THE ELEMENT DESIGN ARE WIDELY USED IN MICROWAVE FILTER AND RADOME DESIGNS. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS ELEMENT WILL HAVE SIGNIFICANT SIZE REDUCTION (UP TO ONE FOURTH) OVER COMPARABLE UHF SATCOM ELEMENTS DEMONSTRATED TO DATE. THE ELEMENT HAS A HIGH POTENTIAL FOR SOLVING UHF SATCOM NEEDS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE NAVY AIRCRAFT WITH IMPROVED AXIAL RATIO ON HORIZON AND CONSTANT PATTERN SHAPE OVER THE FREQUENCY BAND. THE APPROACH TAKEN TO DEVELOP AND DEMONSTRATE PERFORMANCE OF THE DESIGN WILL BE BASED ON COMPUTATIONS USING COMPUTER CODES WHICH HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED AND VALIDATED AT ATLANTIC AEROSPACE. THE USE OF COMPREHENSIVE, RIGOROUS, VALIDATED ANALYSIS TO PERFORM ITERATIVE TRADEOFFS BETWEEN SPECIFICATIONS AND DESIGN SENSITIVITIES HAS ADVANTAGES OVER A STRICTLY EMPIRICAL HARDWARE INVESTIGATION. ONE CLEAR ADVANTAGE IS THAT PERFORMANCE TRADES AND MANUFACTURING TOLERANCES CAN BE QUANTIFIED, THUS ALLOWING THE CUSTOMER TO READILY ASSESS TECHNICAL RISK ASSOCIATED WITH FABRICATING PROTOTYPE ELEMENTS IN THE HARDWARE DEMONSTRATION AND VALIDATION, WHICH WILL BE PERFORMED IN PHASE II.

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