FEROELECTRIC SCANNED ARRAY (FESA)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$99,974.00
Award Year:
1998
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
40673
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Atlantic Aerospace
6404 IVY LANE SUTIE 300, Greenbelt, MD, 20770
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
James Lilly
(301) 982-5243
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A novel beamforming network is proposed to electronically scan two independent beams in a conformal phase array. The beamformer utilizes ferroelectric materials in the RF distribution network to control the amplitudes and phases of the array element excitations. One beamformer board is required for each beam and four low power DC voltages per beamformer are needed to achieve total hemispherical scan coverage. This approach is potentially much lower cost and lighter weight than more conventional approaches utilizing discrete phase shifter components or A/D converters. It also offers true time delay beamforming at much less complexity than lens feed or photonics-based approaches.

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