Miniature GPS Antenna System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0065
Agency Tracking Number: N043-265-0646
Amount: $149,867.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-265
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
SPECTRA RESEARCH, INC.
3085 Woodman Drive, Suite 200, Dayton, OH, 45420
DUNS: 603299207
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Little, PhD
 Principal Engineer
 (937) 299-5999
 jlittle@spectra-research.com
Business Contact
 Jerry Capozzi
Title: Director of Operations
Phone: (937) 299-5999
Email: capozzij@spectra-research.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
MetaMaterials with new advancements such as fragmented aperture antenna arrays may offer additional significant advantages in the drive to provide reduced size, high efficiency controlled radiation pattern antennas (CRPAs). The Spectra Research-Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) team proposes to apply fragmented aperture and MetaMaterials technology to develop a lightweight small antenna solution capable of receiving both the L1 and L2 GPS bands necessary for military applications. DARPA-sponsored GTRI programs in MetaMaterials have lead to the development of materials directly applicable to reducing patch antenna size while other DARPA-sponsored initiatives fragmented aperture technology has resulted in a GTRI toolset readily equipped to allow these antennas to receive both GPS bands. This combination can be manufactured using planar circuit board fabrication and solves the anti-jam problem without the need for esoteric textured LTCC materials. Furthermore, these antennas are made with very flexible dielectrics presenting the potential for future application to conformal surfaces.

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