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Compact Plasma VLF Antenna for Two-way Communication in RF-denied Environment supporting Air Force's Assured Communications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-21-P-0236
Agency Tracking Number: FX20D-TCSO1-0229
Amount: $149,729.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AFX20D-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.D
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-12-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-06-02
Small Business Information
610 Lofstrand Lane Suite C
Rockville, MD 20850-1111
United States
DUNS: 153640735
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 James Y.B. Kim
 (301) 680-8600
Business Contact
 Eric N. Enig
Phone: (301) 680-8600
Research Institution
 GTRI Georgia Tech Research Institute
 Lauren Smith
926 Dalney Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30318-0000
United States

 (404) 407-6595
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Enig Associates, Inc. (“ENIG”) is proposing a compact VLF transmitter system for Air Force applications and for dual-use applications for Navy, Army, and the commercial market.  The proposed VLF transmitter can be combined with a current state-of-the-art, compact, and sensitive magnetic VLF receiver to enable two-way communications in many Air Force applications including nuclear forces communications and space applications of space-vehicle-launched VLF wave transmitter.  The proposed system is composed of a compact plasma antenna with an output signal strength scalable with antenna length and modulated beam current.  Power consumption is significantly less than conventional radiative land-based VLF antennas since the proposed system has negligible radiative power loss.  The data throughput is significantly higher than the conventional land-based VLF transmitter, because the proposed VLF transmitter signal is generated by streaming electrons in the vacuum tube with fast response time.  ENIG proposes to design, build, and test a VLF transmitter under vacuum for the proof-of-concept in Phase I and deliver a scaled-up system in Phase II for full demonstration.

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