Innovative Antenna Tracking for Mobile PlatformsS

Period of Performance: 07/14/2003 - 05/14/2005


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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


The focus of this proposed Innovative Antenna Tracking for mobile platforms concept is the operation of high gain antennas that require accurate pointing and control compatible with the dynamics of A/C motion. An objective of this effort is to show viability of developing a generic, standardized pointing and tracking scheme for operation of antennas on mobile platforms. The wide range of systems (different platforms, antenna size & type, etc.) makes this a challenging task as there are more exceptions than rules. I.e. LO, thermal, installation, etc. The intent is to show that an architecture exists that can improve, simplify and standardize pointing and control of a wide range of high gain antennas. The challenge of "backward compatibility" exists with varying existing systems, but considering the demand for wide bandwidth systems we believe the proposed approach has enough merit to make it worthy of further consideration for new systems in addition to consideration for retrofit of existing systems A simplified a standardized pointing and control system will significantly reduce the recurring cost of broadband communications antenna systems. The system has direct application to commercial application to aircraft direct TV markets.