Antenna Array Structures for Composite Airframes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-07-C-0143
Agency Tracking Number: F071-086-3272
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-086
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
828 Fort Street Mall Suite 600, Honolulu, HI, 96813
DUNS: 144540283
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Luke Joseph
 RF Design Engineer
 (808) 531-3017
Business Contact
 Jan Sullivan
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: (808) 531-3017
Research Institution
Described herein is a proposal for the design and fabrication of a novel, low-cost, low-profile nanotube antenna that can be conformed to the skin of composite airframe structures and potentially be integrated with nanotube active devices. Carbon nanotubes conformed to composite structures create radiating surfaces that can be configured as antennas and coupling these with nanotube active devices will create the potential for them to operate as reconfigurable antenna arrays with power combining capability. A customized nanostructure material with superior electromagnetic properties will enable high speed switching conditions to support embedded nanotube active devices. Conformal nanotube antennas replacing conventional antenna apertures mounted to the exterior of an aircraft will reduce drag and weight and could be reconfigured dynamically while still in flight to provide frequency coverage for multiple communication systems accessed through a software defined radio(SDR) like JTRS (Joint Tactical Radio System).

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