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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$499,977.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911QX-13-C-0096
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5165
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-132
Solicitation Number:
2011.3
Small Business Information
5340 Airport Blvd., Boulder, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
125961123
Principal Investigator:
P. Kelly
Driector of Engineering
(303) 449-5211
pkelly@firstrf.com
Business Contact:
Jeanne Hill-Jurik
Contracts Manager
(303) 449-5211
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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