Dielectric Resonator Antenna

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-12-C-0093
Agency Tracking Number: N093-173-0628
Amount: $271,765.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-173
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Minerva Systems & Technologies, LLC
55 John Clarke Road, Middletown, RI, -
DUNS: 808071695
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Kalyan Ganesan
 CTO
 (401) 855-6721
 kganesan@minervatechnology.com
Business Contact
 Bhanu Ganesan
Title: President
Phone: (401) 855-6721
Email: bganesan@minervatechnology.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Naval aircrafts are covered with many antennas for VHF/UHF Line-of-sight communications, UHF SATCOM, L-band, and GPS functions. The blade type antennas employed have limited bandwidths. Low-profile cavity-backed antennas will require hull penetration inside the aircraft. Thus, the objective of this program is to investigate innovative concepts such as the Dielectric Resonator Antenna (DRA) to achieve better performance over the current designs, with wider bandwidths, and ability to consolidate the various bands into a single structure to free up space for future additions, mitigate interference between antennas, as well as to reduce the size of the antennas. A volumetric source such as the DRA, as opposed to a printed planar or a wire source, inherently provides higher bandwidths. In the Phase I program, multimode DRA designs covering UHF, L-band, and GPS L1 and L2 bands were completed. Two types of L-band 960-1220 MHz Omni Tx/Rx antennas were prototyped and results were presented. The objective of the proposed Phase II effort is to extend the Phase I investigations to develop a single antenna structure that supports several bands with different modes of operation. Furthermore, we propose to focus on the product-versions of the consolidated antennas, and to demonstrate these antennas with prototypes.

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