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Disposable/Survivable Antenna Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-06-C-0021
Agency Tracking Number: A052-014-0517
Amount: $119,917.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-014
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-12-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-06-01
Small Business Information
6300 Gateway Dr.
Cypress, CA 90630
United States
DUNS: 614108918
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Koslover
 Principal Investigator
 (714) 224-4410
Business Contact
 Parviz Parhami
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (714) 224-4410
Research Institution

Application of high-power RF via an antenna placed directly near a hostile target offers the advantage of delivering maximum power and energy. Since this also puts the radiating antenna directly in harm's way, it calls for a highly-deployable antenna that is either low-cost and logistically-compact enough to be disposable (if destroyed) or sufficiently robust to survive serious fragmentation/blast. A relatively high-power (Pave > 1 kW), broadband VHF/UHF (200-800 MHz) antenna with moderate gain (~ 6-12 dB), which can stow compactly, is inexpensive, and is easy to deploy would expand the Army's options for using RF directed-energy weapons. Combining classic broadband geometries with new lightweight, flexible, and low-cost materials and fabrication techniques, we propose to develop a novel self-expanding and collapsible antenna which is highly-survivable against fragmentation/blast and rapidly field-replaceable. Prototypes will be designed with compactness, simplicity, manufacturability, portability, reliability, cost, and ease of use in mind. We will pursue a multi-pronged R&D attack, applying: (1) established algorithms to bound the key RF design parameters; (2) expert selection of appropriate materials; (3) numerical models to characterize and optimize electromagnetic and structural performance; and (4) experiments to confirm the feasibility of the proposed approach. _____________________________________________________________________________

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