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High-Strength and High-Durability Radio Frequency (RF) Transparent Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-3541
Agency Tracking Number: F051-238-3373
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-238
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-04-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-04-18
Small Business Information
2780 Skypark Drive, Suite 400
Torrance, CA 90505
United States
DUNS: 106823607
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Anna Stewart
 (310) 891-2807
Business Contact
 Jayanth Kudva
Title: President
Phone: (310) 891-2807
Research Institution

The goal of our effort is to develop RF transparent materials for conformal, load-bearing antenna structures (CLAS). In Phase I, we will focus on concept development and structural and RF properties assessment for unique composite weaves. The materials developed for this SBIR will be directed towards Northrop Grumman's LOBSTAR (LOw Band STructural ARray) program, for which we are subcontractors, tasked with design of the RF transparent control surface. The key innovation to be developed in this program is a composite fabric that exhibits superior mechanical and electrical properties achieved through hybridization of select materials. The planned work will build upon the team's extensive prior experience in conformal load-bearing antenna structures and antenna designs. Prior to founding NextGen two years ago, Dr. Jay Kudva worked at Northrop Grumman since 1980; during the last ten years, he initiated and pioneered Northrop Grumman R&D efforts in CLAS technologies. NextGen has teamed with Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM), who specialize in unique composite fabrics, and Don Chang of Spatial Digital Systems (SDS), who has in-depth expertise in antenna designs. Additionally, Edward Kuester of UC Boulder, an electrical engineer with extensive background in antenna materials, will serve as a program consultant.

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