Radio Frequency Communications for Unattended Ground Sensor and Munitions Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-06-C-N403
Agency Tracking Number: A043-131-1841
Amount: $728,471.00
Phase: Phase II
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 only physics-based propagation models based on full wave FDTD,UTD and Parabolic Equation methods to evaluate of the communication channel between the sensors. The proposed software suite will be the first of its kind that allows engineers to simulate the coupling of an antenna to the local surrounding environment and propagation path using an entirely physics based approach. The propagation models will take into account hills, small scale surface roughness, ground dielectric parameters, foliage and building interactions. The software will be used to design small wideband antennas for use on an unattended ground sensor (UGS). The designs will incorporate high permittivity substrate materials to reduce the physical size of the antenna. Off-the-self materials will be used to reduce the cost when possible.

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