Tilt-Flaps Low-inertia Communications Antenna

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 22590
Amount: $590,592.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
26670 Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA, 91302
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jerry E. Pollon
 (818) 880-5494
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Malibu Research has devised a totally new concept for antenna beam scanning based on our "FLAPS" phased-surface technology, which we believe will have major commercialization potent for replacement of conventional gimbal-scanned antennas in space and on the ground. In this concept, the antenna feed is fixed and only the (non- parabolic) reflector is rotated to produce beam scan. This cannot be done with a conventional reflector. This technique eliminates lossy RF rotary joints and typically results in ~8:1 reduction drive mass and power due to a 2:1 scan- angle amplification and reduced rotational inertia. T FLAPS surface also allows separate V/H polarization focal points and other features for achievement of very high polarization isolation. We propose the development of a 2-axis-scanning W-band (94 GHz) antenna to satisfy t requirement for a millimeter wave cloud radar antenna in an affordable low-mass design. proposed SBIR Phase 1 effort will lead to fabrication and test of a proof-of-principle demonstration and can then be enlarged and refined for space applications in future phase(s).

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