MUOS Antennas for Soldiers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$710,098.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N00039-07-C-0056
Solitcitation Year:
2001
Solicitation Number:
2001.2
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2007
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N2-2177
Solicitation Topic Code:
SOCOM01-007
Small Business Information
MEGAWAVE CORP.
PO Box 614, 200 Shrewsbury St., Boylston, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
876451725
Principal Investigator
 Glynda Benham
 President
 (508) 869-2700
 gbenham@megawave.com
Business Contact
 Marshall Cross
Title: VP R&D
Phone: (508) 869-2700
Email: mcross@megawave.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This proposal describes the development of antennas for communications with the MUOS satellite system from the soldier platform. The soldier platform is challenged by limited real estate, ballistic armor plates that degrade antennas placed in close proximity, and the effects of the soldier’s fighting load. MegaWave Corporation proposes to use experience gained during the Phase I program, and other related expertise to develop four MUOS antenna types for the soldier. These will include antennas that are: mounted onto the radio; soldier worn; integrated into the soldier’s rucksack; and deployable high gain antennas that can be used when the rucksack is placed on the ground. Our approach includes modeling the performance of candidate antennas of each type. Laboratory prototypes will then be fabricated and their performance measured when mounted on an electromagnetic body phantom. Upon completion of these measurements, we will down select to one antenna for each type, conduct a detailed mechanical design of the selected options, and fabricate and deliver several of each. A Phase II option provides for supporting test and evaluation of the antennas at On-The-Move and Air Assault Expeditionary Force exercises, then modifying the antenna designs based on feedback obtained during these exercises.

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