Multiband Array Radiators

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8718-06-C-0048
Agency Tracking Number: F061-205-0637
Amount: $99,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-205
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
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
 Daniel Reuster, PhD
 Director - Electromagnetics
 (937) 299-5999
 dreuster@spectra-research.com
Business Contact
 Jerry Capozzi
Title: President / COO
Phone: (937) 299-5999
Email: capozzij@spectra-research.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Major problems associated with performance of modern military aircraft are due to the space demanded to accommodate the multitude of antennas, the weight and drag introduced by these antennas, and the electromagnetic interference (EMI) between these close-packed electromagnetic structures. The increasing necessity for additional antennas competing for space on the already heavily populated platform demands antenna solutions that will accommodate multiple functions through efficient broadband or multiband operation. Design emphasis will be placed on the thinness of the radiating element, the ability of the radiating element to function in a reconfigurable array (adjustable polarization capability), efficient operation in the bands 11, 15, 20, 30, and 44 GHz, and ease of manufacture. Multiband technology will be directed toward the ability to utilize one antenna aperture for a multitude of communication systems, greatly reducing the weight and space requirements associated with those systems. For this program Spectra Research, Inc. has teamed with Scientists from the Georgia Tech Research Institute to apply new technological antenna advances in fragmented apertures and meta-materials with new antenna design tools toward solving the challenge of designing small, multi-function antennas that reduce the space, weight, and drag demand on aircraft, while addressing the issues of intra-antenna interference.

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