Conformal Antenna for Soldier C4I

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32768
Amount: $734,550.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1335 Capital Circle, Suite G, Marietta, GA, 30067
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Johnson J. H. Wang
 (404) 955-9311
Business Contact
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Research Institution
A need exists for wide-band, high data rate communications capabilities for the soldier in the field. A wireless LAN solution that does not require directional antenna pointing for the soldier on the move is desired. Conformal antenna embedded in the soldier ensemble can solve the problem and also provide a relay capability for soldier paging and reporting. In this SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) Phase I program, research will be conducted toward the design of an antenna for individual paging and limited messaging capability without resorting to high jammable satellite transmission. The proposed baseline design approach will be a "smart" spiral-mode microstrip (SMM) antenna with adaptive pattern-switching. The smart antenna will maintain suitable antenna gain for a moving individual with varying skeletal attitudes. The SMM antenna is the only antenna that is conformable, low-profile, wideband, and also has pattern-diversity capability which enables the antenna to have switchable patterns. Photonic and MMIC technologies will be used in the design to adaptively switch the antenna patterns to main isotropic (true omnidirectional) coverage.

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