Four Input Stacked Microwave Antenna

Period of Performance: 06/29/1993 - 02/22/1995

$537K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Atlantic Aerospace Electronics Corp.
6404 Ivy Lane, Suite 300
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

The objective of the Army's "Four Input Stacked Microwave Antenna" (FIMA) program is to investigate improved hardware solutions to the four channel link required for one-way transmission of high resolution video data from unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV's) to an Unmanned Ground Vehicle Control Testbed (UGVCT). In Phase I, a breadboard antenna was designed, fabricated and tested which demonstrated a 2.5 to 7.5 dB increase in link margin relative to the current multiplexer-based system. The Phase II program covers design, fabrication, and testing of one Advanced Development Model (ADM) FIMA system and one Engineering Development Model (EDM) FIMA system with an integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) function. Three options are also proposed as part of Phase II. These include a FIMA-based microwave repeater system to solve non-line-of-sight problems, additional production of up to 12 EDM systems, and field test support.