Wideband Radiation Aperture

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$750,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
FA8718-04-C-0045
Solitcitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Number:
2003.1
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2004
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-2985
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF03-207
Small Business Information
THINKOM SOLUTIONS, INC.
3825 Del Amo Blvd., Suite 200, Torrance, CA, 90503
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
806647330
Principal Investigator
 William Milroy
 (310) 371-5486
 BillM@thin-kom.com
Business Contact
 Michael Burke
Phone: (310) 371-5486
Email: MikeB@thin-kom.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
ThinKom, with > 10 years experience developing and producing lightweight, low-cost and high-efficiency antennas using Continuous Transverse Stub (CTS) antenna technology (and a license to CTS from Raytheon), and two years of commercial antenna technology development, including innovative antenna technologies such as WAVETRAP (wideband, near-omni offering beam shaping and beam steering capabilities) and a dual band variant of VICTS (Variable Inclined CTS), will investigate and recommend a Wideband Radiating Aperture antenna technology and design addressing the K, Ka and Q operating bands. Recommended antenna (or antennas) will exhibit these features: 1) total radiation efficiency > 70% (< 0.5dB ohmic loss between amplifiers and free space), 2) offer low (approximately 10 ohms) match to amplifiers (e.g. HPA & LNA) to achieve high power added efficiency and low noise figure, 3) be physically low profile (< 2-3 inches thick), small (about 15-20 inches in diameter) and light weight (< 50 lb), 4) be of robust physical construction to withstand both airborne and ground vehicle environments, and 5) use low cost commercial materials and processes to achieve affordability.

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