4-meter Class Inflatable Antenna

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$1,497,977.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-13-C-5033
Agency Tracking Number:
O043-C17-1142a
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD04-C17
Solicitation Number:
2004.3
Small Business Information
GATR Technologies
11506 Gilleland Rd, Huntsville, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
151305088
Principal Investigator:
Paul Gierow
President/CEO
(256) 382-1334
pgierow@gatr.com
Business Contact:
Janette Rawls
Contract Administrator
(256) 382-1334
jrawls@gatr.com
Research Institution:
Stub




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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