Ka-band Spread Spectrum

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-14-C-0012
Agency Tracking Number: S2-0187
Amount: $239,963.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: SOCOM12-001
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
 P. Keith Kelly
 Director of Engineering
 (303) 449-5211
 pkelly@firstrf.com
Business Contact
 Jeanne Hill-Jurik
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Email: jhill-jurik@firstrf.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
SATCOM On-The-Move (OTM) is one of the greatest operational and tactical advantages our troops have. The SATCOM terminals available pose a number of practical constraints resulting in less than universal usage. Traditional reflectors are high profile and difficult to integrate on aircraft and ground vehicles. The ability to maintain link during high-g maneuvers such as travelling over rough terrain or flying through turbulent air is a challenge for these terminals because they rely on mechanically pointing a large dish. Phased arrays are very expensive. An affordable, high gain antenna to close the link is a crucial part of the system. FIRST RF proposes an antenna/modem solution for Ka Band SATCOM OTM that solves the performance, size and cost problems associated with existing terminals. Our hybrid approach combines the beam agility of an electrically steered antenna with the cost targets of a mechanically steered antenna. Further, the proposed approach spatially integrates out the effects of platform motion on beam pointing ability. During Phase II, we will produce hardware and demonstrate the SATCOM performance via a satellite link

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