Multi-Band Phased-Array Dynamic FLAPS SATCOM Antenna
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Malibu Research Associates
26670 Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA, 91302
Gerald E. Pollon
AbstractAn 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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