Low-Profile Wideband SATCOM Antennas (LPWSA) for Airborne Platforms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-13-C-0096
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5165
Amount: $499,977.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-132
Solicitation Number: 2011.3
Small Business Information
5340 Airport Blvd., Boulder, CO, -
DUNS: 125961123
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 P. Kelly
 Driector of Engineering
 (303) 449-5211
 pkelly@firstrf.com
Business Contact
 Jeanne Hill-Jurik
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Email: jhill-jurik@firstrf.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
FIRST RF has developed a revolutionary new dual band SATCOM antenna that provides greater than hemispherical field of view with a very low profile. The solution combines mechanical pointing with electrical pointing to support communication links over a full hemisphere while maintaining a very low profile and is optimized to fit on the RC-12 aircraft with constrained top mount installation footprint. The proposed work is targeting an airborne SATCOM On The Move antenna design for Ku and Ka band, full duplex operations. This solution lowers the active RF module count from many thousands for a comparably performing conventional phased array to 48 full duplex modules. The FIRST RF hybrid scan solution provides very low profile (<12 inch height), two-axis fast steering, greater than full hemispherical coverage, very low loss, and extremely low RF module count. The proposed Phase II program will fabricate and test a full size system demonstrating the performance benefits.

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