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Advanced Multifunction Agile RF Sensing Module

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-P-5149
Agency Tracking Number: F191-092-0609
Amount: $149,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF191-092
Solicitation Number: 19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-24
Small Business Information
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
United States
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Niusha Sarkhosh
 Director, Advanced RF Systems
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Keith Baker
Phone: (424) 835-9475
Research Institution

To address the Air Force need for an advanced wideband multifunction RF sensing to enhanced the AgilePod capability, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Advanced Multifunction Agile RF Sensing (MARS) Module. The MARS antenna is based on a nonplanar wide-band design and RF front end, digital backend electronic utilizing a novel RF design with state-of-the-art commercial off-the-shelf components that offer at least an 18-GHz bandwidth and 2 GHz of instantaneous bandwidth. Specifically, the innovative combination of the antenna design, antenna material, and modular RF and digital design will offer an open-architecture approach, enabling a plug-and-play capability. Leveraging the technical data package (TDP), Phase I will focus on the wide-band conceptual design of the multifunction RF system will include the antenna wideband backend/frontend modular electronics and will address the open-architecture approach. POC will conduct a trade study of performance vs size, weight, power, and cost compatibility with AgilePod components, including thermal and mechanical analysis. POC will make a limited-scale benchtop prototype to show proof-of-concept, reaching technology readiness level (TRL)-3. In Phase II, we will leverage the Phase I efforts to develop a field-ready MARS prototype at TRL-5/-6.

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