Compact, Wideband, Single or Dual Antenna Geolocation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,878.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W15P7T-08-C-V002
Agency Tracking Number:
A062-110-2777
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
A06-110
Solicitation Number:
2006.2
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORP.
4865 Sterling Drive, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
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 Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The current conflict in the Middle East has been the impetus behind tremendous advances in Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Electronic Warfare systems, algorithms and hardware. While most of the EW systems in use are vehicle based, a major thrust towards capability of the individual soldier is required in order to maintain ground superiority. A particular area of interest addressed in this proposal is to develop a robust, wideband, portable system that extends geolocation capabilities to the individual warfighter from a mobile platform. Using the achievements from Phase I, key areas of interest will be to continue antenna development for both backpack-mounted and vehicle-mounted options with increased coverage and characterization of multipath effects and to develop techniques to enhance system robustness. Other areas of focus are to develop and demonstrate ranging algorithms, including multilateration and multi-user techniques, explore direction finding techniques to maximize performance, flexibility, and robustness and survey OTS receivers to demonstrate system-level performance. Finally, miniaturization of the components and in particular the antenna is another challenge that needs to be addressed. A key element of our proposal is a suite of wearable, deployable and concealed antennas and RF products that individually and collectively serve as geolocation and SIGINT sensors.

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