Simultaneous multi-beam high-bandwidth conformal tactical data link antenna systems

Period of Performance: 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014

$500K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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

Abstract

In this Phase II effort, FIRST RF will demonstrate array technology enabling highly directive multi-beam TCDL communications using phased arrays integrated on the Fire Scout UAV platform. Phased array systems allow for dynamic beam steering with graceful degradation. These arrays also have the benefit of a narrow azimuth radiation pattern conducive to point-to-point communications and networking waveforms. The system will allow the Fire Scout and other UAV platforms to augment fleet communications by increasing inter-platform connectivity between airborne assets, surface ships, and expeditionary forces. FIRST RF proposes an innovative approach that leverages innovative phased array architecture to provide a highly functional TCDL communications node with multi-beam capability. Commercial applications of this technology have also been identified.