Distributed Satellite Communications (SATCOM) On-t

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-10-C-C208
Agency Tracking Number: A092-066-0301
Amount: $69,908.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-066
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
Syntonics LLC
9160 Red Branch Road, Columbia, MD, 21045
DUNS: 113489319
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steve Gemeny
 Director, Technology Projects
 (410) 884-0500
 Steve.Gemeny@SyntonicsCorp.com
Business Contact
 Ed O'Malley
Title: VP, Finance and Administration
Phone: (410) 884-0500
Email: Ed.OMalley@SyntonicsCorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We will demonstrate the feasibility of a multi-band distributed SOTM (D-SOTM) antenna system based on the Team’s pixel-addressable reconfigurable conformal antenna (PARCA) Software-Defined Antenna™ technology. PARCA is a phased array technology that operates under software control to be pointing-agile, frequency-agile, polarization-agile, low profile, and affordable in production. PARCA tiles, notionally 4-in squares approximately 3/4-in thick in this concept, are distributed onto available vehicle surfaces such that many tiles have a field of view in all azimuths and elevations. While antenna gain is frequency dependent, gains of +34 dBic at 20 GHz up to +40 dBic at 44 GHz are practical for PARCA apertures with a projected area of approximately 144-in^2 (that is, nine 4-in square tiles) in the direction of the satellite. In one concept, all analog signal processing (e.g., up/down frequency conversion, I/Q modulation/demodulation, amplification) is contained in each tile; the signal connection to/from each tile from the central processing unit is digital, probably using optical fiber to mitigate EMI/EMC issues and reduce weight.

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