Improved Aeronautical Global Positioning System (GPS) Antenna Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F04611-02-C-0038
Award Id:
57802
Agency Tracking Number:
021XP-2376
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Suite A, 75 Aero Camino, Goleta, CA, 93117
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
054672662
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Richen
Analyst
(805) 968-6787
arichen@toyon.com
Business Contact:
Michael VanBlaricum
President
(805) 968-6787
mvanb@toyon.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
GPS, while an integral part of modern guidance and communication systems, remains extremely vulnerable to disruption by interfering sources. RFI from Telemetry and Data Link antenna systems often causes severe degradation in the performance of GPSreceivers. Toyon Research Corporation proposes to solve this problem by using our proprietary EM/Power toolkit to design an antenna with a reception pattern shaped to mitigate interference. Our methodology will allow us to build an anti-RFI antenna that isrobust, inexpensive, and a drop-in replacement for existing GPS antennas. An antenna designed to mitigate RFI would allow for more sensors and transmitters to be placed on a single airborne test platform. The existing data links would be able to operate athigher power levels, and hence, higher data rates if receivers on the platform were less sensitive to RFI. This type of antenna would also be applicable for use on UAVs as well as commercial aviation.

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