A Compact, Battery-Powered RF Generator for UAV Payloads

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$69,584.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DASG60-01-P-0061
Award Id:
53018
Agency Tracking Number:
01-0367
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
602 Explorer, Austin, TX, 78734
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
107234150
Principal Investigator:
Jon Mayes
President
(512) 264-1804
mayes@apelc.com
Business Contact:
Jon Mayes
President
(512) 264-1804
mayes@apelc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Applied Physical Electronics, L. C. (APELC) offers a portable, battery-powered RF generator well suited for UAV payloads, laboratory or field use. This proposed system would build on the current success of APELC's current Phase II efforts, in which largerimpulse generators are being developed. This proposed system will incorporate those successes to generate an impulse of microwave energy, at very high peak power (10's - 100's MW), while maintaining a compact, battery-powered design suitable for UAVapplications. As a UAV payload, it could be flown autonomously into a region such as to disrupt electronic systems aboard incoming missiles. A group of UAV systems could essentially setup a dynamic electromagnetic minefield. The device will becontinuously variable in peak voltage output (to the antenna) in the range of 34 - 212 kV. Furthermore, the system will offer the flexibility of operating with a continuously variable repetition rate from single shot to 50 Hz, thus, allowing control overthe energy delivered to the device under test (DUT).The development of the compact, portable Marx generator will result in an extremely flexible high powered microwave device suitable for both military and commercial applications. For the military market,this system is well suited as a UAV payload for missile defense, as well as for electronic warfare. The system also bodes well for RF mitigation testing. Likewise, in the commercial realm, with the threat of terrorist activities, the system may be usedfor RF mitigation of common electronic systems.

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