Load Bearing Antenna Structure for Small Unmanned Air Vehicles (SUAV’s)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-3627
Agency Tracking Number: F061-231-1698
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-231
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
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
Email: tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution
FIRST RF is proposing a two pronged approach of both smaller and small sized SUAVs. For the “smaller” SUAV FIRST RF is teaming up with the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV), at the University of Colorado, Boulder. During Phase I FIRST RF will be funding RECUV using IR&D funds for assistance in integrating a Conformal Miniturized Broadband (CoMB) antenna into their SUAV, the ARES II. RECUV has a composites layup facility, and the appropriate machining capabilities necessary to design and integrate CoMB antennas into the wing of a SUAV. As a larger “small” platform, FIRST RF will work with General Atomics using their Predator UAV. The Predator will allow for larger payloads to be carried as well as longer flight times. Our relationship with GA gives us the opportunity to collaborate with an advanced UAV house and extend the CoMB antenna concept into larger and more capable SUAVs. FIRST RF is proposing evaluation of three types of antennas. All three antennas make use of advanced antenna technology developed by FIRST RF. The proposed CoMB antennas are practical and can be easily integrated into the wing of a UAV or SUAV.

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