Multi-Band Phased-Array Dynamic FLAPS SATCOM Antenna

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$300,000.00
Award Year:
1997
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
32738
Agency Tracking Number:
32738
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
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Gerald E. Pollon
(818) 880-5494
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
An electronic-scan SATCOM antenna, especially a mufti-band one, would be a major asset for Navy small ship or aircraft communications. Now however, over I 5 years since their introduction, affordable phased-arrays - - even single band - - are still not within sight. Malibu Research believes we have a potential way around this impasse based on a dynamic version of our proven FLAPS phased-surface antenna technique. Our FLAPS phased-surface has the capability of directing RF in specific design directions through the use of arrays of varying length shorted dipoles to generate any surface phased gradient. To date, we have manufactured FLAPS antenna surfaces using printed-circuit techniques to obtain fixed beams. However, a means exists to vary the beam electronically by dynamic variation of the dipole pattern. Specifically, we propose to accomplish this Is by using a programmable plasma display -- similar in nature to plasma display television and laptop computers. The key points, as delineated in our proposal are as follows: a) The proposed technique is a merger of two advanced but proven technologies; Le., FLAPS and plasma display. b) The plasma display elements are highly RF conductive Ionized gases. c) The resolution, speed and huge number of computer updatable display elements yield a highly dynamic, large RF size electronic antenna with mufti-band capability.

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