Efficient HF Transmit Antennas Utilizing Platform Coupling and Reconfigurable Aperture

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$748,907.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-14-C-0076
Solitcitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Number:
2012.0
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2014
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N12A-015-0325
Solicitation Topic Code:
N12A-T015
Small Business Information
Virtual EM Inc.
3055 Plymouth Rd, Ste 200, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
118732838
Principal Investigator
 Tayfun Ozdemir
 President
 (734) 222-4558
 tayfun@virtualem.com
Business Contact
 Tayfun Ozdemir
Title: President
Phone: (734) 222-4558
Email: tayfun@virtualem.com
Research Institution
 Michigan State University
 Gladys Raymond
 Olds Hall
408 W Circle Dr Rm 4
East Lansing, MI, 48824
 (517) 884-4258
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Virtual EM is proposing a solution for achieving electrically small high-efficiency VHF transmit antennas suitable for use on medium size Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). In the proposed approach, maximum use of the UAVs airframe for the antenna improves radiation efficiency while dynamic reconfiguration of the antenna aperture provides frequency tuning and hence lower noise floor. Feasibility has been demonstrated via simulations and limited prototyping in Phase I, and a fully functional prototype on a flight-worthy UAV will be built in Phase II.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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