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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,907.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-07-C-3701
Award Id:
79098
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-231-1698
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4865 Sterling Drive, Suite 100, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
125961123
Principal Investigator:
Farzin Lalezari
Principal Investigator
(303) 449-5211
flalezari@firstrf.com
Business Contact:
Theresa Boone
Chief Operating Officer
(303) 449-5211
tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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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