Advanced antennas for air vehicle flight test evaluation.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,599.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68936-09-C-0051
Award Id:
92466
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-041-1326
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
8666 Commerce Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92121
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
806704156
Principal Investigator:
Keith Loss
VP Programs
(858) 568-8057
keith.loss@rockwest-solutions.com
Business Contact:
Keith Loss
VP Programs
(858) 568-8057
keith.loss@rockwest-solutions.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
When flight testing missiles and other high performance vehicles, flight instrumentation antennas are required to support telemetry, data link, flight termination systems (flight safety), and tracking beacons. Integration of these antennas onto the test missiles creates challenges with respect to modifying their aerodynamic characteristics (drag) and radar cross section (RCS). Rock West Solution proposes new, advanced technology, low profile and conformal antennas made from materials that can withstand the high temperatures of high speed vehicles. These antennas can be configured to provide similar gain and pattern characteristics as their commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) counterparts, while have significantly lower impacts on drag and RCS. Our proposed concepts include antennas that can be easily adapted to curved contours of aerodynamic bodies. Bolt-on and bonded antennas are investigated, with the primary trade-offs being between integration complexity, cost and performance.

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