Physically-Small VHF SAR Antenna

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,939.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-04-C-R246
Agency Tracking Number:
04SB1-0404
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB041-023
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
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
Principal Investigator
(303) 449-5211
flalezari@firstrf.com
Business Contact:
Theresa Boone
President
(303) 449-1855
tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The challenge of transferring VHF FOPEN technology to small tactical platforms lies in achieving adequate antenna characteristics within the allowable size, weight, and mechanical constraints. The key elements of the FIRST RF innovative design include: innovative broadband beamforming concept to achieve the necessary gain and front to back ratio over the entire 20 - 90 MHz bandwidth (the proposed excitation has been simulated over the bandwidth demonstrating the required performance); an antenna design that is adaptable to a wide range of configurations and installations; an antenna design that has examined active and passive tuning techniques, single versus dual band approaches, and balanced versus imbalanced designs; and finally a test configuration that enables complete free space calibration of installed antenna performance. The antenna design baseline is backed by both physical models built in preparation for this proposal and detailed electromagnetic models including mutual coupling considerations.

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