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Multi-Band Body Wearable Antenna

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56KGU-17-C-0076
Agency Tracking Number: A2-6823
Amount: $332,440.99
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16-033
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-09-10
Small Business Information
5340 Airport Blvd.
Boulder, CO 80301
United States
DUNS: 125961123
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Lars Grimsrud
 (303) 449-5211
Business Contact
 Jeanne Hill-Jurik
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Research Institution

In order to meet the growing capabilities of todays multi-channel radios for dismounted warfighters, a growing variety of wearable antenna systems are available on the commercial market. However, most of these technologies have yet to demonstrate the ability to simultaneously support multiple bands of operation in the VHF, UHF, and L-Band spectrum. The result is an array of narrowband wearable antenna products that are specifically tailored to just a single communication band. When these band-specific antennas are paired with modern dismounted radios, their limited performance directly restricts the capabilities of the radios. This forces our warfighters to choose between two disadvantageous options: either take multiple wearable antennas and change them out with the radio as needed or use a non-wearable, broadband antenna that is often cumbersome and has an unacceptably large visual signature.Building on our successful Phase I effort, FIRST RF seeks to demonstrate breakthrough technologies that overcome the limitations of modern dismount antenna systems and provide our warfighters with a user-friendly antenna system that supports all their multi-band communications needs.

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