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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-14-C-A204
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5427
Amount: $499,986.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: A12-046
Solitcitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORPORATION
5340 Airport Blvd., Boulder, CO, 80301
Duns: 000000000
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Markey
 Senior RF Engineer
 (303) 449-5211
 mmarkey@firstrf.com
Business Contact
 Jeanne Hill-Jurik
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Email: 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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