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
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jerry E. Pollon
 (818) 880-5494
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
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).

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government