Narrow Band High Power Antennas for Airborne Platforms

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,878.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9451-04-C-0154
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-1625
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORP.
1200 28th Street, Suite 302, Boulder, CO, 80303
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
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
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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