E-Band Gimbaled Dish Antenna

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-12-C-0098
Agency Tracking Number: F103-075-0137
Amount: $747,563.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-075
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
5340 Airport Blvd., Boulder, CO, -
DUNS: 125961123
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Keith Kelly
 Director of Engineering
 (303) 449-5211
Business Contact
 Theresa Boone
Title: President
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Email: tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Airborne ISR platforms are intensive data generators and require more robust SATCOM links in order to remain effective. One method of achieving higher datarates is by migrating to higher frequencies such as the 71 86 GHz band. This band is currently undeveloped, especially for satellite communications. The availability of 5 GHz of bandwidth can greatly close the gap in the ever growing capacity shortfall for offloading sensor data from aircraft. Air Force has an objective to support a new V/W band geostationary SATCOM relay system where video/data is uplinked at 8186 GHz from multiple airborne nodes and downlinked at 7176 to one of two ground stations. This arrangement supports site diversity for weather mitigation and could potentially service 100 simultaneous platforms with data rates that range from 1 to 100"s of Mbps. There currently is no off-the-shelf antenna technology for the space segment at this band. During this Phase II program, FIRST RF will build a prototype reflector meeting the requirements of the V/W Band SATCOM space segment. This is in support of a follow-on effort where space-qualified antenna hardware will be procured as a result of the advances made in Phase II. BENEFIT: This program immediately benefits the airborne ISR community with requirements for offloading large amounts of data via gimbaled SATCOM dishes. As active microwave circuits support higher frequencies, the datalinks currently being supported at Ku and Ka Bands could foreseeably be supported by V and W Band terminals. This would come with two benefits: a smaller physical aperture provides the same beamwidth, and the datarates achievable are substantially higher.

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