Narrow Band High Power Antennas for Airborne Platforms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-04-C-0154
Agency Tracking Number: F031-1625
Amount: $749,878.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-010
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORP.
1200 28th Street, Suite 302, Boulder, CO, 80303
DUNS: 125961123
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Farzin Lalezari
 (303) 449-5211
 flalezari@firstrf.com
Business Contact
 Theresa Boone
Phone: (303) 449-1855
Email: tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A novel antenna and beamforming approach is proposed that satisfies all critical system requirements. The design is based on modification of a waveguide radiating element using high dielectric strength materials. The radiating element design is compatible with a range of high dielectric strength materials. The element exhibits very high overall aperture efficiency (in excess of 98%) with minimal dissipative losses on the order of .1 dB. During Phase I, FIRST RF demonstrated that the design is compatible with transmitter interfaces and host vehicle installation. Measured data demonstrated the required pattern and gain performance. Based on the Phase I results we believe the overall approach is sound and the risk is reasonable for execution of the Phase II program. During this program a full scale model will be built for both pattern and power handling tests. These results will show a technology ready for implementation in a production program.

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