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GATR FLEX SATCOM Antenna Terminal

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-15-C-5226
Agency Tracking Number: B054-021-0116
Amount: $1,486,237.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-T021
Solicitation Number: 2005.0
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-06-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-06-19
Small Business Information
11506 Gilleland Rd
Huntsville, AL 35803
United States
DUNS: 151305088
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Larry Lowe
 (256) 382-1334
Business Contact
 Paul Gierow
Phone: (256) 509-9348
Research Institution

ABSTRACT:This project will develop, test, and deliver a lightweight satellite communications (SATCOM) terminal that uses a flexible parabolic reflector antenna that can be folded or rolled for storage, yet re-acquire its precision shape upon deployment. This Phase II SBIR will assist in maturing GATRs flexible antenna component technologies, and integrating those technologies with leading-edge modem and baseband technologies. The fully developed concept will result in a micro-Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) SATCOM terminal with the best Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) in its class. This effort will analyze promising antenna materials, and test them both for RF performance, as well as their capabilities to be stored in small confined spaces prior to being deployed for operational use. Testing of the integrated terminal will performed to meet commercial satellite operation and operation on the WGS military satellite constellation. A fully integrated terminal will be delivered to U.S. Special Operations Command for integration testing and user feedback.BENEFIT:This technology will be particularly beneficial to military organizations and disaster response organizations that require SATCOM capabilities that are airline overhead checkable, transportable by one person, and yet provide throughput capabilities equivalent to much heavier and bulkier SATCOM solutions. For Special Operations Forces (SOF), this technology will enable SATCOM capabilities to/from remote, harsh, unfriendly, or denied areas thereby enabling a wider variety of SATCOM support to operational missions than currently available.

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