A Low-Cost, Lightweight MTM Enhanced Conformal Antenna for GPS/Communication Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-1383
Agency Tracking Number: F081-068-0505
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-068
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
NANOSONIC, INC.
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bradley Davis
 VP of Engineering
 (540) 953-1785
 bdavis@nanosonic.com
Business Contact
 Lisa Lawson
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (540) 953-1785
Email: llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Phase I SBIR program will result in the design, simulation and construction of a prototype of a multi-band GPS/Communication system antenna. To accomplish this task, NanoSonic is staffed or has teamed with a unique combination of engineers, chemists and materials scientists capable of designing, simulating and fabricating this array. NanoSonic will consult with the USAF and a defense prime integrator for guidance and application metrics. The NanoSonic PI is antenna engineer with many years experience in both hardware implementation and simulation software construction. In Phase I NanoSonic would design a suitable antenna meeting the constraints for gain, polarization, bandwidth, scanning and physical characteristics. In the design of the antenna, NanoSonic would employ a state-of-the-art computational electromagnetics code to achieve rapid design iterations. NanoSonic would then construct structured antennas using the unique inkjet and self-assembly processes that are used to create Metal Rubber™ in combination with unique dielectric and metamaterial substrates to create a conformal antenna. These self assembled materials can be applied to severe, doubly curved surfaces without de-bonding or cracking; the inkjet process has been employed to fabricate array antennas and microstrip feeds. NanoSonic foresees integrating these processes to create highly integrated antennas and antennas in structural composites.

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