CONFORMAL AIRCRAFT HF TRANSMITTING ANTENNA

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$341,153.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
8342
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Astron Corp.
470 Spring Park Pl - Ste 100, Herndon, VA, 22070
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Joseph R Jahoda
(703) 471-0600
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
PRESENT HF AIRCRAFT COMMUNICATIONS ARE BURDENED WITH INEFFICIENT, NARROW BANDWIDTH, SLOWLY TUNED HIGH POWER COUPLERS. THE ASTRON PROPOSED AIRCRAFT ANTENNA SYSTEM IS AN EASILY ADDED, CONFORMAL ANTENNA WHICH OBVIATES THE ABOVE DISADVANTAGES BY ELIMINATING THE COUPLER. FURTHER, IT LENDS ITSELF TO USING 2 SUCH ANTENNAS WHICH CAN OPERATE IN A TRANSMIT/TRANSMIT AND TRANSMIT/RECEIVER SIMULTANEOUS OPERATION (SIMOP) MODE. THE ANTENNA DESIGN ASSURES MINIMUM COUPLING BETWEEN THESE TWO ANTENNAS DUE TO THEIR INHERENTLY LOW IMPEDANCE ACROSS THE ENTIRE FREQUENCY RANGE OF 2 TO 30 MHZ. VERY SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN RELIABILITY AND MAINTAINABILITY WILL RESULT AS WELL AS A LARGE REDUCTION IN LIFE CYCLE COST DUE TO THE ELIMINATION OF THE ANTENNA HIGH POWER COUPLER.

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