Universal Longwire Antenna Module for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Aircraft

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Special Operations Command
Amount:
$99,861.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
H92222-06-P-0082
Agency Tracking Number:
S061-003-0116
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
SOCOM06-003
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
SCIPERIO, INC.
PO Box 15127, 6421 S Air Depot, Suite B, Oklahoma City, OK, 73155
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
179523691
Principal Investigator:
Robert Taylor
Project Manager
(405) 622-9200
rmt@sciperio.com
Business Contact:
Marva Sanders
Chief Operating Officer
(407) 249-3683
marva@sciperio.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A longwire antenna module is proposed, incorporating a length reduction technique that yields 25-75% length reduction with minimal impact on gain. A resonant monopole antenna operating at 535kHz is approximately 440ft long; length reduction techniques will reduce this to between 69ft and 134ft depending upon the desired gain. A shorter/lighter longwire antenna will allow the aircraft to be more maneuverable, improving all aspects of the mission. The module contains three primary components: a longwire element, a longwire spooling mechanism, and an automatic tuning module. The longwire element is deployed/retracted by the spooling mechanism to provide gross tuning of the antenna, while the automatic tuner provides fine tuning and impedance matching. Spooler and tuner are controlled via a servo system and VSWR monitor. The length reduction techniques applied to the longwire antenna also have the added benefit of creating a near-50§Ù antenna, reducing the impedance matching burden of the automatic tuner and its losses.

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