Radio Frequency Communications for Unattended Ground Sensor and Munitions Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-05-C-N408
Agency Tracking Number: A043-131-1841
Amount: $119,632.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-131
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
315 S. Allen St., Suite 222, State College, PA, 16801
DUNS: 945483733
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Schuster
 Electromagnetic Analyst
 (814) 861-1299
Business Contact
 Raymond Luebbers
Title: President
Phone: (814) 861-1299
Research Institution
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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