Ultra-Light Interlaced Active Electronically Steerable Antennas (ULI-AESA)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0275
Agency Tracking Number: 07SB2-0368
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: SB072-021
Solitcitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
Toyon Research Corp.
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, 93117
Duns: 054672662
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Grace
 Senior Scientist, Vice-Pr
 (805) 968-9687
 mgrace@toyon.com
Business Contact
 Marcella Lindbery
Title: Director of Finance and C
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Email: mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Toyon Research Corporation proposes to demonstrate a very lightweight, power-efficient AESA antenna to meet the needs of small UAVs performing ISR missions over the battlefield. The antenna utilizes a hybrid active/passive architecture that minimizes T/R module count and total power consumption for equivalent radar capability, while maintaining full ESA steering capability. The ESA electronics are also unique by virtue of using discrete devices bump-bonded onto low-cost substrates. This reduces cost by increasing T/R module yield. The devices themselves, utilize a mix of technologies that have been optimized for power-efficient operation. A clever low-power digital transceiver design based on COTs components is integrated into this antenna system providing scalability to various classes of UAVs and flexibility to process signals from a suite of on-board antennas.

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