Conformal Sub-mmWave Antenna Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-11-C-0138
Agency Tracking Number: F093-103-0877
Amount: $749,694.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-103
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
7586 Old Peppers Ferry Loop, Radford, VA, -
DUNS: 827121455
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ken Vanhille
 Senior Research Scientist
 (800) 341-2333
Business Contact
 Scott Meller
Title: Vice President
Phone: (800) 341-2333
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: The desire to limit collateral damage while still providing high lethality places new requirements on ordinance for accuracy and detonation at precise distances from targets. The need to conduct military operations in urban terrain places increased precision on ever smaller munitions. Conventional fuzing systems including height-of-burst and ground profiling radar (GPR) need to be miniaturized in order to be capable of installation on munitions<5"in diameter. New microfabrication approaches have emerged that enable miniaturization of antennas and feed networks to meet this requirement. Nuvotronics will design and fabricate extremely low-profile, miniature feed networks and antenna arrays using the revolutionary PolyStrataTM manufacturing technology. The PolyStrata microfabrication platform allows design and fabrication of millimeter wave (mmW) antennas and feed networks that meet the dimensional tolerances required at mmW frequencies with batch fabrication yielding 100"s of antennas at a time, making volume manufacturing cost effective. BENEFIT: The primary application of this technology is in miniature fuzing for DOD munitions to improve accuracy and reduce collatoral damage. The technology platform has additional applications in DOD radar, electronic warfare, and communication systems.

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