Distributed Satellite Communications (SATCOM) On-t

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$119,999.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W15P7T-10-C-C209
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A092-066-1136
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-066
Small Business Information
Toyon Research Corp.
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, 93117
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
054672662
Principal Investigator
 Ryan Strader
 Senior Analyst
 (805) 968-6787
 rstrader@toyon.com
Business Contact
 Marcella Lindbery
Title: Director of Finance and Contracts
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Email: mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Toyon Research Corporation proposes to develop an electrically reconfigurable SATCOM On-the-Move (OTM) distributed-aperture communications system for use over the DoD Wideband Global System at X- and K/Ka-bands. The system will incorporate: 1) Toyon’s Electrically Reconfigurable Endfire Planar Phased Array antenna design (recently validated under Army CECOM SBIR II contract no: W15P7T-06-C-P248), and 2) Toyon’s Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) DSP-based signal distribution and combining architecture. Toyon’s unique reconfigurable antenna technology allows the beam from each aperture to be steered down to 70-degrees off boresight, a significant improvement over traditional flat panel arrays. Toyon’s proposed design is scalable in both element count and frequency, and is less than 3” high. Each antenna system will contain several apertures, coordinated by a central node using Toyon’s MIMO signal distribution and combining architecture. The system will adjust for hard- and soft-blockage challenges, differences in the physical mounting planes between apertures, and signal losses due to fading. All beam steering will be performed electrically without the use of mechanical steering, and the required beam-steering controllers will use a GPS-linked Inertial Navigation Unit (INU).

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