4-meter Class Inflatable Antenna

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-13-C-5033
Agency Tracking Number: O043-C17-1142a
Amount: $1,497,977.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD04-C17
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
11506 Gilleland Rd, Huntsville, AL, -
DUNS: 151305088
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Gierow
 President/CEO
 (256) 382-1334
 pgierow@gatr.com
Business Contact
 Janette Rawls
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (256) 382-1334
Email: jrawls@gatr.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
ABSTRACT: The technical objective of this Phase II SBIR is to develop and test a 4-meter class inflatable Satellite Communications(SATCOM) antenna terminal in Ku-band. This effort will focus on maturing the component technologies involved with radome material selection, Ku-band RF feed and feed mount design, and development of mechanical/electrical interfaces for pointing and steering, and to transition all of the components into a prototype 4-m aperture SATCOM antenna. BENEFIT: The US military has a stated requirement to pass high bandwidth communications to and from theater and regional hubs. The development of a 4-meter class inflatable SATCOM antenna will meet that need while reducing transport weight and cube by greater than 20:1 over current hard-dish hub SATCOM antennas. The GATR antenna will enable establishment of quick-entry SATCOM hubs in theater, and will enable on-site back-up and sparing capabilities that currently do not exist.

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