Compact, Collapsible, or Conformal Antenna Design for Emerging High Power Radio Frequency (HPRF) Sources

Period of Performance: 05/05/2014 - 03/05/2015

$80K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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

Abstract

The objective of the proposed Phase I effort is to investigate the feasibility of a broadband High Power Radio Frequency (HPRF) antenna system that is capable of handling power of 1000 MW over a wide bandwidth including mid VHF to L-Band. It is desirable that the antenna occupy minimal volume when deployed and especially while stowed. The objective is to not only expand the frequency of operation and gain of the high power antenna, but that the antenna occupies minimal space such that it can be practically fielded aboard a seaborne platform. The directional antenna gain objective is +10 to +15 dBi. For applications of this technology beam steering is also of importance based on the expected concept of operation. FIRST RF proposes a unique solution that consists of a high power feed with material treatments and a beam collimator for directionality and steering capability.