Manpack antenna for Advanced MIL SATCOM

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,986.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-13-M-1659
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F131-136-0487
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF131-136
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
5340 Airport Blvd., Boulder, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
125961123
Principal Investigator:
James McDonald
Senior RF Engineer
(303) 449-5211
jmcdonald@firstrf.com
Business Contact:
Jeanne Hill-Jurik
Contracts Manager
(303) 449-5211
jhill-jurik@firstrf.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
ABSTRACT: The requirement for a MANPACK-compatible SATCOM terminal for Special Operations (SOF) and Tactical Air Control Parties (TACP) obviates a small, lightweight antenna system that can withstand the rigors of dismounted operation. The proposed antenna system combines a deployable reflector and an off-the-shelf beam alignment tool leveraging third party non-networked smart-phone software to close a link with an AEHF satellite. Beam tracking and control is native to the antenna system and consumes minimal power. Deployment of the antenna is simple, repeatable, and rapid. Weight and volume are minimized through the use of a feed offset mechanism which is lightweight yet robust enough to withstand the expected harsh conditions. BENEFIT: This lightweight, robust design with price-points targeted towards dismount usage may render it attractive to commercial markets as well. The beam tracking and alignment software leverages tools which are available publicly, conforming to an open architecture definition. It is expected that sales of the SBIR technology could reach 1000 units in the intended market, with sales easily 10 times that in commercial markets.

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