Conformal Appliqué Antennas for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Aircraft

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,805.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
H92222-06-P-0060
Solitcitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Branch:
Special Operations Command
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
S061-002-0055
Solicitation Topic Code:
SOCOM06-002
Small Business Information
WANG ELECTRO-OPTO CORPORATION
2140 Newmarket Parkway, Suite 110, Marietta, GA, 30067
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Duns:
796267656
Principal Investigator
 Johnson H. Wang
 Chief Scientist
 (770) 955-9311
 jjhwang@weo.com
Business Contact
 Paul Butler
Title: Director of Program Development
Phone: (770) 955-9321
Email: pbutler@weo.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This is an SBIR Phase-I proposal, under SOCOM Topic 06-002, “Conformal Appliqué Antennas for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Aircraft.” A definite need exists to develop a family of appliqué antennas to be conformally mounted on various UAVs and manned aircraft for broadcast of PSYOPS messages at frequencies throughout the FM (87.5-108 MHz) and TV (174-230 MHz and 470-806 MHz) bands. To develop antennas to cover each band individually is not too difficult technically, but would lead to an operational nightmare since many antennas are needed to cover all the bands. On the other hand, to reduce the family of antennas to a single aperture is technically very difficult. Wang Electro-Opto (WEO) has unique, enabling, and well-established broadband conformable antenna technologies, and proposes to develop a single-aperture antenna system that can operate in all FM and TV bands. The proposed antenna can be conformally mounted on a platform with a mounting surface area of about 3 ft. x 3 ft. It is capable of good polarization match with all ground receive antennas, not possible by other approaches. The proposed single-aperture approach is practical, efficient, convenient, and cost-effective, which would not be possible by approaches using a family of antennas.

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