A Light-weight, Rugged, Low-volume, Ku/Ka SATCOM Antenna for Mobile Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$593,135.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
M67854-08-C-0019
Solitcitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Number:
2006.2
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N062-106-0612
Solicitation Topic Code:
N06-106
Small Business Information
NANOSONIC, INC.
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
008963758
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
Through this Phase II SBIR program, NanoSonic would optimize materials and processes to produce a manufacturable, robust, and highly integrated phased array antenna. NanoSonic will work with the USMC and a major defense contractor to establish the needed antenna characteristics that will satisfy the system aspects of this mobile SATCOM application. With the antenna engineering performed and suitable elements and array geometry identified, NanoSonic would build on the success of the Phase I program and design, simulate and construct elements, subarrays and the dual-band aperture. NanoSonic would apply the novel Metal Rubber™ electromagnetic bandgap waveguide to house unique phase shifters and for use in the excitation of a dual-band patch array through coupling apertures. Furthermore, NanoSonic would apply its inkjet patterning process and proprietary dielectric materials for the efficient production of these radiating elements, frequency selective surfaces and dielectric substrates in a highly integrated multilayer structure. The full integration with a protective radome and an ultrahydrophobic coating for rapid water-shedding would produce a highly reliable antenna structure resistant to delamination and other failures, thus ensuring the highest capabilities once deployed. In each case, these efforts would be proposed to be combined into an efficient and robust production method.

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