Multiple Aperture Beam Tracking

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8718-04-C-0056
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-1629
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF03-204
Solicitation Number:
2003.1
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORP.
1200 28th Street, Suite 302, Boulder, CO, 80303
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
125961123
Principal Investigator:
Farzin Lalezari
(303) 449-5211
flalezari@firstrf.com
Business Contact:
Theresa Boone
(303) 449-1855
tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed pointing and tracking system will leverage from existing commercial off the shelf GPS technology in order to keep the cost, complexity, and risk to a minimum. It will be shown that while commercial systems exist that can perform similar functions, changes to the system and in particular the antennas are required to achieve the necessary performance. The tracking and communication antennas do not have to be collocated. In addition, the tracking antennas can be mounted away from the busy centerline of the A/C. This will mitigate the issue of finding an appropriate installation location for the antennas. The proposed program is intended to demonstrate feasibility of the proposed pointing and tracking scheme with fabrication and test of a system in a realistic environment simulating the top of a typical Air Force platform. We intend to deliver a functioning system at the end of the phase two effort. We believe success of the proposed program will solve one of the important problems in mobile broadband satellite communications.

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