Electronically Scanned Phased Array Antenna (ESA)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$97,708.00
Award Year:
1998
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
41278
Agency Tracking Number:
41278
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1335 Capital Circle, Marietta, GA, 30067
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Johnson J. H. Wang
(770) 955-9311
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
It would be highly desirable for military aircraft to utilize low-power radar when operating in all-weather conditions and low altitudes. The problem with this class of radar is that it requires a large antenna to receive an acceptable return to conduct operations. While such an antenna is acceptable for fixed wing aircraft, it is not for rotary and tilt-rotor aircraft because on-board size and weight constraints. Electronically scanned antenna (ESA) technology could provide the solution to this requirement. However, since airborne ESA suitable for expensive fixed-wing aircraft is generally expensive and heavy, it is therefore desirable to develop a lightweight, low-cost ESA that will allow incorporation of low-power coherent type radar systems on-board rotary and tilt-rotor aircraft. As is well known, ESA's have been in use for about 30 years, but are still too expensive with a per-module cost of $300 - $500. For rotary and tilt-rotor aircraft, the use of ESA will likely be predicted on the advent of array modules costing $100 or less per element. In this proposal, WEO outlines an approach using its proprietary technology to develop a laboratory model to meet this low-cost requirements for ESA.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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