Development of a Low Observable, Multi-Band Antenna System

Period of Performance: 02/01/2012 - 07/31/2012

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Systems & Processes Engineering Corp
7050 Burleson Road
Austin , TX 78744
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Targets for the BMDS must maintain signatures that resemble specified threat targets with high validity while simultaneously providing telemetry to the ground. Current telemetry systems distort the target RCS which substantially reduces the validity of test signatures. Systems and Processes Engineering Corporation, teaming with Ohio State University Electro Science Laboratory and with ITT is proposing the development of a Low Observable, Multi-band Antenna System capable of supporting Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) telemetry needs, while simultaneously providing minimal impact to target signatures. The SPEC team s design will result in a multi-band, low observable antenna system for MDA targets that will yield an ultra-low Radar Cross Section (RCS) in the S and X bands, while supporting telemetry requirements in the L, S and C bands. As a current provider of MDA target/countermeasure subsystems and with personnel involved in ballistic missile targets and countermeasures for over forty years, SPEC is very familiar with the need for accurate and high fidelity threat objects. The SPEC team provides world class antenna design capability, matched with comprehensive target design, development and production capability an array of capabilities which are essential to the development of Low Observable, Multi-Band Antennas.