Extremely Wideband Antenna for Airborne and Land Mobile Communications Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00039-07-C-0085
Agency Tracking Number: N072-138-0402
Amount: $98,015.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-138
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
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
Joint Forces interoperability systems such as the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) require antennas that are extremely broadband. Some of the joint systems operate in HF/VHF/UHF and L-Bands and require antennas that can operate from 2-2000 MHz. Current conventional antennas do not perform adequately as communications antennas. This problem is further exasperated when the antennas are installed on a fixed/rotary wing aircraft or land mobile vehicle and do not perform due to size and weight limitations as well as detuning because of the vehicle. FIRST RF is qualified to develop an innovative approach to antenna design and integration on airborne and land mobile platforms for extremely wideband communications systems. FIRST RF is proposing to integrate up to five unique antenna technologies into the proposed system. This broad approach early in the Phase I effort is proposed in order to generate the best solution for US Army. These technologies are aimed at improving gain, bandwidth, and size. FIRST RF engineers have designed, tested, simulated, and validated critical components of the technologies of the system. These data allow FIRST RF to make preliminary predictions of installed performance. Prototypes developed in preparation for this proposal are available for immediate testing and human engineering.

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