High Gain Common Data Link (CDL) Antennas for Networking UAV Nodes

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,966.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-13-C-0306
Agency Tracking Number:
N131-007-0094
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N131-007
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORPORATION
5340 Airport Blvd., Boulder, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
125961123
Principal Investigator:
Ian Rumsey
Senior RF Engineer
(303) 449-5211
irumsey@firstrf.com
Business Contact:
Jeanne Hill-Jurik
Contracts Manager
(303) 449-5211
jhill-jurik@firstrf.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
In this Phase I effort, FIRST RF will develop and evaluate concepts enabling highly directive multi-beam TCDL communications using phased arrays integrated on the Fire Scout UAV platform. Phased array systems allow for dynamic beam steering with graceful degradation. Wide elevation patterns desirable for air-to-air or air-to-ground communications are achieved by using a linear array topology. These arrays also have the benefit of a narrow azimuth radiation pattern conducive to point-to-point communications and networking waveforms. Highly selective filters isolate TCDL uplink and downlink channels and allows for multi-beam functionality as well as the ability to simultaneously transmit and receive on each channel. FIRST RF proposes an innovative approach that leverages innovative phased array architecture to provide a highly functional TCDL communications node with multi-beam capability. Commercial applications of this technology have also been identified.

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