Small Aperture X-Band Antenna (SAXBA)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-08-C-K407
Agency Tracking Number: A072-134-0892
Amount: $119,509.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-134
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
2461 W. 205th Street, STE B105, Torrance, CA, 90501
DUNS: 942815242
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ward Holdrege
 Chief Engineer
 (310) 781-9503
 ward.holdrege@alicosystems.com
Business Contact
 Syed Akbar
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (562) 436-1510
Email: syed.akbar@alicosystems.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Currently there is no affordable military band on-the-move non-line-of-sight (NLOS) or beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications capability available for land vehicles, helicopters, boats or small UAVs. The current state-of-the-art in Satellite-On-the-Move (SOTM) terminals for Blue Force Tracking (BFT) application is the unit deployed for OIF/OEF which provides 2.4 Kbps utilizing a commercial L-band satellite. The key goals of this project is to develop a low cost, military band, high data rate (> 16 Kbps) on-the-move (OTM), small footprint (< 1 cubic foot) satellite terminal which supports Blue Force Tracking (BFT), situation awareness (SA), and C2 missions. We have investigated the DoD satellite offerings and believe that the X-band Wideband Gap Filler Satellite (WGS) provides the optimum capability to support small aperture on-the-move terminals. Our proposed design will support WGS X-band. In the interim these terminals will also support XTAR a commercial X-band service provider with operational capability available today. Alico Systems proposed approach is based on utilizing low cost beam steering antenna technology with no moving parts. An innovative approach is proposed for tracking the satellite with low cost components. Our design supports >32 Kbps forward and >8 Kbps reverse data rate on-the-move with a <0.5 cubic foot volume.

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