Improved mini Ku band antenna for TCDL

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,947.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911W6-09-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-3775
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
A08-126
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORPORATION
4865 Sterling Drive, Boulder, CO, -
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
Airborne communications systems such as TCDL are vulnerable to loss of link due to normal aircraft maneuvers. A dramatic need exists for an antenna system impervious to aircraft pitch and roll vectors. During Phase I, FIRST RF proposed and demonstrated a novel but simple and rugged geo-stabilization mechanism for antennas in dynamic environments. The system maintains a fixed beam despite aircraft motion. Though the system is initially targeted towards a Ku-Band TCDL antenna array aboard helicopters, the overall concept can be applied to a number of different antennas and bands. Furthermore, though the immediate platform of interest is Apache, FIRST RF has specifically designed the geo-stabilization mechanism and antenna array to fit aboard the Shadow UAV, with its reduced ground clearance and limited payload. The Phase I program involved not only detailed design and analysis, but proved the mechanical concept with a working hardware demonstration. Furthermore, an antenna array was built for the system with 9 dBi gain. The Phase II program will involve optimizing the mechanical assembly and the antenna array, and integrating the two together. The final deliverable will be a fully working system capable of a flight demonstration involving a TCDL link test aboard a helicopter.

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