Modular Antenna System for Tracking Satellites by adaptations of existing terminals

Period of Performance: 02/21/2012 - 02/21/2014

$750K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

First RF Corp.
5340 Airport Blvd. Array
Boulder, CO 80301
Principal Investigator

Abstract

ABSTRACT: FIRST RF has developed a revolutionary new hybrid phased array architecture that provides two-axis beam agility not available in current hybrid antenna solutions. The hybrid solution combines mechanical pointing with electrical pointing to support communication links over a full hemisphere while maintaining a very low profile. The proposed work is targeting a SATCOM On The Move antenna design for Ka band, full duplex operations. This solution lowers the active RF module count from many thousands for a comparably performing conventional phased array to 256. The FIRST RF hybrid scan solution provides very low profile (