Innovative Low-Profile, Wideband Antennas for Radio Receivers on Mobile Air and Ground Platforms

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,931.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QX-08-C-0091
Award Id:
87073
Agency Tracking Number:
A081-011-0086
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2140 Newmarket Parkway, Suite 110, Marietta, GA, 30067
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
796267656
Principal Investigator:
Johnson Wang
Chief Scientist
(770) 955-9311
jjhwang@weo.com
Business Contact:
Paul Butler
Director of Program Development
(770) 955-9321
pbutler@weo.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
There is a definite need for low-profile conformal antenna designs to replace the commonly used quarter-wavelength whip antenna for wideband (covering 0.3 - 3.0 GHz) systems on Army's airborne and ground mobile platforms. Wang Electro-Opto Corporation (WEO) has been conducting research for such antennas for 15 years, and has developed antennas that are highly promising in achieving the general requirements of this SBIR A08-011 program. WEO proposes to develop a low-profile wideband antenna by modifying its existing well-established low-profile conformal antennas having a 10:1 instantaneous bandwidth. In Phase-I WEO will seek inputs from the Army technical monitor for specific performance and physical goals. Depending on the specific requirements, one of the following three WEO antenna technologies will be applied: the Spiral-Mode Microstrip (SMM) antenna, the Slow-Wave (SW) antenna, and the Traveling-Wave (TW) antenna. A 1/2-scale breadboard model that can best adapt to Army's airborne and ground mobile platforms will be designed, fabricated, and tested in Phase-I. The test results are to demonstrate antenna performance similar to that of a whip antenna, yet having an instantaneous bandwidth over 0.6 - 6.0 GHz and with a low-profile feature suitable for Army's needs, thus its adequacy for full-scale (0.3-3.0 GHz) brassboard development in Phase-II.

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