Omni-Directional Capability for Shared Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP) Data Link
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AbstractThe Navy wants to add multi-band omni-directional transmission capability to the SHARP data link to enhance transfer to ship/shore/ground sites in tactical environments, including during various aircraft maneuvers and flight profiles. ThinKom is proposing to investigate and demonstrate our ultra-wideband (>10:1), low profile (0.5" thick), and shape-conformal WAVETRAP antenna technology as an omni-directional candidate for the SHARP data link pod. ThinKom, under Air Force Topic # AF03-101, is demonstrating WAVETRAP capabilities by addressing the need for airborne JTRS antennas. ThinKom proposes to start N07-022 with the initial AF03-101 WAVETRAP design (200 MHz to 2 GHz, instantaneously), and scale this existing antenna design to operate at 1.5 GHz to 15.5 GHz, while simultaneously "bending" the antenna to conform to the SHARP pod body. WAVETRAP antenna technology does not rely on a ground plane for operation, and shows especially good gain performance toward the horizon and over a hemisphere, making it an excellent airborne antenna candidate.
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