Ultra Wideband Conformal Antennas for Network Enabled Weapons

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-11-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: N103-204-0179
Amount: $79,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N103-204
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
2140 Newmarket Parkway, Suite 120, Marietta, GA, -
DUNS: 796267656
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 J. H.
 Chief Scientist
 (770) 955-9311
Business Contact
 Paul Butler
Title: Director of Program Devel
Phone: (770) 955-9321
Email: pbutler@weo.com
Research Institution
Current weapon antennas are confined to narrow bands and are directional. Innovative conformal antenna designs are being sought which are capable of operating in two bands, 30-1000 MHz and 960-2000 MHz, for Software Defined Radios (SDR) data terminals for weapons. Also, the Network Enabled Weapons (NEW) need to operate in an omnidirectional environment to allow simultaneous link with as many network nodes as is possible. Conformal antennas are needed for mounting on existing missiles. The design should be scalable to accommodate multiple missile airframes and not degrade the structural integrity of the weapon. This is a highly challenging problem because of the large bandwidth requirements, constraints on the size, shape, weight, and high power-handling. However, Wang Electro-Opto Corporation (WEO) has developed many small broadband conformal antennas for small platforms for U.S. DoD and NASA, and is pleased to propose an innovative approach to develop an ultrawideband conformal antenna for network-enabled weapons in this Phase-I SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) under Navy Topic N103-204. In the proposed Phase-I, modeling and simulation will also be performed to assess its performance. Additionally, a breadboard scale model will be designed, fabricated, and tested to demonstrate the feasibility of the design approach.

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