Manpack antenna for Advanced MIL SATCOM

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-13-M-1659
Agency Tracking Number: F131-136-0487
Amount: $149,986.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: AF131-136
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
5340 Airport Blvd., Boulder, CO, -
DUNS: 125961123
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James McDonald
 Senior RF Engineer
 (303) 449-5211
Business Contact
 Jeanne Hill-Jurik
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Research Institution
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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