Physically-Small VHF SAR Antenna

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-R168
Agency Tracking Number: 04SB1-0404
Amount: $744,893.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2004
Solitcitation Topic Code: SB041-023
Solitcitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
4865 Sterling Drive Suite 100, Boulder, CO, 80301
Duns: 125961123
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Farzin Lalezari
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 449-5211
Business Contact
 Theresa Boone
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Research Institution
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. FIRST RF has developed during Phase I a simple, novel approach to meeting the tough performance requirements. 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 bandwidth; incorporation of an efficienct lightweight commercial antenna achieving the bandwidth within a single aperture; an antenna design that is adaptable to a wide range of configurations and installations; and finally a test configuration that enables complete free space calibration of installed antenna performance. During Phase I, FIRST RF validated the design through both electromagnetic modeling and full scale measured patterns on a mock up platform. This design will be the baseline for the development of a flyable prototype in Phase II.

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