Small Aperture X-Band Antenna (SAXBA)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,509.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15P7T-08-C-K407
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-134-0892
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
A07-134
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
ALICO SYSTEMS, INC.
2461 W. 205th Street, STE B105, Torrance, CA, 90501
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
942815242
Principal Investigator:
Ward Holdrege
Chief Engineer
(310) 781-9503
ward.holdrege@alicosystems.com
Business Contact:
Syed Akbar
President & CEO
(562) 436-1510
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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