Radio Frequency Communications for Unattended Ground Sensor and Munitions Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,632.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15P7T-05-C-N408
Award Id:
73631
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-131-1841
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
315 S. Allen St., Suite 222, State College, PA, 16801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
945483733
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Schuster
Electromagnetic Analyst
(814) 861-1299
jws@remcom.com
Business Contact:
Raymond Luebbers
President
(814) 861-1299
rjl@remcom.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
A comprehensive electromagnetic software suite is proposed for designing small, low-altitude VHF/UHF antennas for use in a network of unattended ground sensors. The software suite will use physics-based propagation models, including full wave FDTD, UTD, and Parabolic Equation methods to evaluate of the communication channel between the sensors and intelligent munitions. The proposed software tools will be the first of their kind that allow engineers to properly couple antenna designs to the local surrounding environment and propagation path. The propagation models will take into account hills, surface roughness, ground dielectric constants, foliage and building interactions. The software will be used to design small antennas for use on the sensor. At least one design will incorporate the use metamaterials to reduce the phyhsical size. All designs will optimize the launching of the surface wave along the ground-air interface. At least one design will also include a circularly polarized space wave for communication with airborne antennas.

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