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Disposable/Survivable Antenna Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-06-C-0207
Agency Tracking Number: A052-014-0517
Amount: $729,980.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-014
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-09-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-09-14
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 radiofrequency (HPRF) energy via placing an antenna directly near a hostile target enables delivery of maximum RF power and energy to the target. Since this also puts the antenna in harm’s way, it needs to be low-cost and logistically-compact enough to be disposable and field-replaceable. A high average power (multi-kW), broadband VHF/UHF (200-800 MHz) antenna with a well-defined forward beam (G~6-8 dB), that stows compactly, is inexpensive, and easy/fast to deploy, is required. In Phase I, we showed the suitability of a novel inflatable laminate-based conical log-spiral antenna (producing a circularly-polarized beam) for this application. Our analyses and experiments showed that even if constructed with thin, lightweight, flexible, and low-cost laminates, multi-kW RF average powers (and higher peak powers) should be supportable. In Phase II, we will improve on our draft antenna and balun designs and will build and deliver one or more functioning prototypes. We will continue the multi-pronged R&D attack begun under Phase I, employing: (1) established antenna design principles; (2) expert selection and assessment of materials; (3) detailed 3D numerical models used iteratively to characterize and optimize RF and structural behavior; and (4) experiments to validate and quantify all the key performance characteristics.

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