Embedded Co-Located Antenna Elements to Increase Pattern Coverage and Effectively Mitigating Interference for Improved Communications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$499,986.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W15P7T-14-C-A204
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5427
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-046
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORPORATION
5340 Airport Blvd., Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
000000000
Principal Investigator:
Michael Markey
Senior RF Engineer
(303) 449-5211
mmarkey@firstrf.com
Business Contact:
Jeanne Hill-Jurik
Contracts Manager
(303) 449-5211
jhill-jurik@firstrf.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The future net-centric military provides enhanced battlefield awareness through wireless links between unmanned aerial vehicles, high-speed aircraft, rotary-winged platforms, and soldiers on the ground. To support this, platforms must accommodate a variety of antennas, not to mention traditional payloads such as sensors, fuel, weapons, and personnel. The integration of antennas on rotary-winged platforms is particularly challenging since performance can be greatly impacted depending on mounting location. The ideal mounting locations are thus over-crowded with antennas that pose a cosite and blockage problems. This dictates the need for a wideband efficient antenna that can operate over various frequency bands and waveforms while sharing a single mounting location. These frequency bands and waveforms include SINCGARS 30-88 MHz, VHF AM / ATC 116-174 MHz, UHF-AM / HAVEQUICK 225-400 MHz, Public Safety 450-512 MHz, and WNW / SRW 1200-2500 MHz. FIRST RF, a leader in multi-band and wideband antennas, is leveraging embedded co-located apertures and integrated filtering to provide a unique multi element multi-band solution housed in a proven radome. This solution improves installed performance as well as reducing signature such as RADAR Cross Section.

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