Affordable Broadband Radome

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-10-C-0065
Agency Tracking Number: N101-034-1323
Amount: $149,127.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: N101-034
Solitcitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
Rock West Solutions, Inc.
8666 Commerce Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92121
Duns: 806704156
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Keith Loss
 VP- Programs
 (858) 537-6260
Business Contact
 Keith Loss
Title: VP- Programs
Phone: (858) 537-6260
Research Institution
Supersonic air vehicles require nose radomes that can withstand high temperatures as well as have high RF transmission over wider radio frequency bandwidths. Typically nose radomes are built from monolithic, solid wall ceramic materials which inherently have a very narrow frequency band over which they are RF transparent. The proposed concept leverages a recently qualified ceramic matrix composite AS-N312 as the outer shell that will withstand the forces and environments. To achieve wider bandwidths, lower dielectric ceramic foam materials are added to the inner surface that act as impedance matching layers, enabling transmission of a broader range of wavelengths. The proposed designs avoid inclusion of an inner skin that would form a more traditional sandwich structure to prevent significant shear stresses from occurring in the ceramic foams. The study will: identify candidate foams, the methods by which they can be mechanically integrated to the radome shell, and provide test data on the RF transmission characteristics of candidate layered designs. Affordability is dramatically improved because AS-N312 is the lowest cost, qualified structural ceramic material available today, and the processes to achieve other attributes such as erosion protection and EMI filters are also fully developed and cost effective.

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