Affordable Active Phased Array Sensor Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0021
Agency Tracking Number: A112-074-0093
Amount: $99,959.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-074
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORPORATION
5340 Airport Blvd., Boulder, CO, -
DUNS: 125961123
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ian Rumsey
 Senior RF Engineer
 (303) 449-5211
 irumsey@firstrf.com
Business Contact
 Theresa Boone
Title: President
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Email: tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
In this Phase I effort, FIRST RF will develop and evaluate concepts enabling Ku and Ka band phased array missile seekers. Phased array systems eliminate all moving components reducing the likelihood of mechanical failures. As an added bonus, phased arrays provide a measure of graceful degradation in case of failure in a single component. To achieve tactically-significant power levels, innovative thermal management solutions are required. This problem becomes significantly more complex at Ku and Ka bands. FIRST RF proposes a very innovative approach which has been specifically designed around thermal management. The novel phased array solution is based on our innovative architecture with an enhanced self-contained thermal management system to mitigate the high power densities in Ku and Ka band.

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