Rugged, Low-Cost, Nondielectric Missile Radome

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-05-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: N043-242-0873
Amount: $79,969.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-242
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
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
 flalezari@firstrf.com
Business Contact
 Theresa Boone
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Email: tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Missiles will soon have the capability of traveling at higher speeds and over longer ranges than previously possible, resulting in uniquely demanding radome requirements. As seeker technology has been evolving to higher frequencies from X-band through W-band, traditional dielectric radome designs have struggled to meet the evolving requirements in electrical performance and environmental survivability while remaining affordable and easy to manufacture. Though electrically suitable, sandwiched radomes require costly processes with manufacturing tolerances becoming progressively more demanding with increases in frequencies used by RF systems. Alternate radome designs are desired that can be manufactured and characterized using simple materials and processes. A novel radome is proposed that uses a combination of conductors and dielectrics. The use of metal radomes with slots and holes are of particular interest as simple machining and filling of holes in a metallic aerodynamic dome will provide a very simple, producible, low loss, rugged design. The design is based on thick wall FSS technology that has been applied to radomes in the past. Modern numerical analysis allows efficient optimization of the design.

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