Ka-band Spread Spectrum

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Special Operations Command
Amount:
$999,362.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
H92222-14-C-0012
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
S2-0187
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
SOCOM12-001
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
5340 Airport Blvd., Boulder, CO, 80301-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
125961123
Principal Investigator:
P. Kelly
Director of Engineering
(303) 449-5211
pkelly@firstrf.com
Business Contact:
Jeanne Hill-Jurik
Contracts Manager
(303) 449-5211
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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