System Integrated Manufacturing of Conformal Arrays (1000-034)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8718-05-C-0071
Agency Tracking Number: F041-220-0084
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-220
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
200 Turnpike Road, Chelmsford, MA, 01824
DUNS: 131640919
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jonathan Towle
 Principal Investigator
 (978) 606-2601
Business Contact
 Joseph Kunze
Title: President
Phone: (978) 606-2601
Research Institution
SI2 Technologies, Inc. (SI2) proposes an innovative approach to the design and manufacture of conformal arrays for air vehicles. Our approach is to integrate the antenna with the aircraft structure to maximize electronic and structural performance while minimizing the system weight and volume. This approach is economically and technically possible through the application of SI2’s novel System Integrated Manufacturing (SIM) technology, which combines the design, materials, and manufacturing approaches. A key component of SI2’s SIM technology is a family of processes known as Direct Write (DW). DW is capable of manufacturing electronics, such as antennas, at low temperature on conformal (doubly curved) surfaces without the need for expensive vacuum, plating and etching processes. The Phase I program successfully demonstrated that the SIM approach can be used to design and manufacture high quality conformal arrays on structural dielectrics. The Phase II program will expand upon the Phase I results by manufacturing a conformal array with beam steering capabilities.

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