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Compact Wideband Direction Finder

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-17-C-1143
Agency Tracking Number: F161-145-0612
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF161-145
Solicitation Number: 2016.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-12-23
Small Business Information
7586 Old Peppers Ferry Loop
Radford, VA 24141
United States
DUNS: 827121455
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ben Cannon
 Member of Technical Staff
 (800) 341-2333
Business Contact
 Scott Meller
Phone: (800) 341-2333
Research Institution

Traditional interferometry techniques for direction finding require a collection of antennas to uniquely determine angle of arrival. Extending this technique to wide bandwidths often requires a "farm" of apertures and many receivers requiring a large amount of real estate. On airborne platforms, where size and weight are crucial, a more compact, innovative solution that reduces SWAP is thus desirable. Multi-arm self-complimentary antennas that support multiple radiating modes provide a path forward for overall DF antenna miniaturization. On this proposed program, we plan to design, fabricate, assemble and test a multi-arm, multi-mode antenna and beamforming network to achieve dual-polarized direction finding over a broad field of view within a single aperture. The PolyStrata microfabrication process will be a key enabler of achieving low front-end losses in a compact package.

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