Controlled Reception Pattern Antennas for Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-11-M-0103
Agency Tracking Number: F103-094-1770
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-094
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
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Principal Investigator
 Tariq Mujahed
 Senior Analyst
 (805) 968-6787
Business Contact
 Marcella Lindbery
Title: Director of Finance
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Toyon Research Corporation"s six-element GPS antenna rejects cross polarization over the entire hemisphere by no less than 15 dB when summed in the first fundamental mode of operation. The antenna was designed for a direction-finding application where high levels of multi-path were present. The antenna diameter is 5"and it was designed for operation in the L1 L2 GPS bands. Toyon proposes to modify the current design by replacing the six antenna elements with a thick patch design. The thick patches were designed for an OE-538 submarine mast, and they cover all of the GNSS bands. The thick patches are significantly larger in diameter than the original elements, so the total diameter of the array will go from 5"to no greater than 11.4". Toyon will also add one additional antenna element to the center of the array, bringing the total number of elements to seven. BENEFIT: Geodetic grade GPS antennas on the market today are expensive, need large ground-planes or choke rings, and can be somewhat heavy pieces of hardware. The GPS antenna that Toyon proposes to design for the GNSS solution is ideal in many ways. The antenna does not require a ground-plane and the antenna"s height profile will be less than 1.5". The cross polarization of the antenna is unmatched because of the orientation of the antenna elements. The nulling performance of the antenna is enhanced because of the vertical aperture of the array.

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