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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-C-3701
Agency Tracking Number: F061-231-1698
Amount: $952,811.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
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
The expanding functionality of Small and Medium Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) has led to a great interest in antennas strategically placed aboard the airframes of these vehicles that do not interfere with their aerodynamics. Traditionally, low-frequency antennas such as blades or dipoles/monopoles are placed aboard airframes as an afterthought where they generally lead to undesirable performance characteristics from a structural, aerodynamic and RF point of view. However, AFRL has performed and supported recent research that has led to a class of antennas called Conformal Load-Bearing Antenna Structures (CLAS). These antennas are integrated directly into the airframe itself to perform both structural and RF duties. FIRST RF Corp. in Boulder, CO has developed a class of antennas that support and broaden the concept of a Conformal Load-Bearing Antenna Structure. This antenna concept, called the RF Wing, is a departure from the standard method of placing antennas aboard aircraft only in convenient locations. FIRST RF will demonstrate in this proposal that the airframe itself, namely the wing, can be used to radiate RF signals as well as serve as a load-bearing structure.

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