On The Move (OTM) Ku/Ka SATCOM Capability for the EFV

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-07-C-0023
Agency Tracking Number: N062-106-0887
Amount: $99,903.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-106
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
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
EFV requires a capable and rugged high data rate SATCOM system. One deficiency with current systems is in commanders having to pause or slow down their movement in order to use SATCOM services. The primary antenna technology most often applied for SATCOM terminals is a parabolic dish antenna with a broadband feed. Although this antenna technology is well suited for commercial applications and has been used for military applications, the parabolic dish antenna is not an optimal antenna solution for military SATCOM terminals. Phased array antennas provide clear advantages over traditional SATCOM antennas; however, there remain several issues with the implementation of phased array technologies. Many current phased array antenna systems are based on radiator designs which limit the performance of the phased array antenna. A capable radiator design becomes a key enabling technology allowing a phased array antenna to provide the highest possible level of performance. A second issue with phased array technologies is they are traditionally cost prohibitive. The costs of phased array antennas can be reduced by innovative interconnect and packaging concepts. FIRST RF proposes novel element, T/R module, and packaging schemes for advanced SATCOM phased arrays.

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