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Company Information:

Company Name: FIRST RF CORPORATION
City: Boulder
State: CO
Zip+4: 80301-
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://firstrf.com
Phone: (303) 449-5211

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $8,713,814.00 84
SBIR Phase II $32,127,827.00 47
STTR Phase I $79,908.00 1

Award List:

Innovative Antenna Tracking for Mobile PlatformsS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,556.00
Abstract:
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 showviability of developing a generic, standardized… More

Munitions Research, SAR" For AFRL MNG"

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,225.00
Abstract:
AF03-143 (SAR) for AFRL, MNG BranchThe US Air Force has a desire to place a SAR seeker on a LOCAAS type munition. The resolution that is sought for full weapon's effectiveness is that currently achieved in UAV SARs and not currently practical or affordable on a munitions platform. One ofthe key… More

Precise Guidance--No Seeker

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,218.00
Abstract:
Current precision guided weapons utilize GPS/INS and seeker technologies for guidance to ground targets. GPS/INS systems work by acquiring position and velocity information and maneuvering to given target coordinates entered before release. If seekertechnology is used, target-tracking techniques are… More

Bistatic Altimeter Concept

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,113.00
Abstract:
The proposed Bistatic Altimeter concept is intended to provide a low cost solution to improve the accuracy of existing munitions such as the Joint Advanced Standoff Strike Missile (JASSM), Small Diameter Bomb (SDB), and the Joint Direct Attack Munitions(JDAM). For GPS guided munitions, the GPS… More

Multiple Aperture Beam Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Engineer and CE
Award Amount: $98,349.00
Abstract:
This proposal addresses the problem of beam management and switching between multiple antennas on variety of vehicles. Emphasis is on Air Force A/C requiring communications with minimum interruption. The primary focus of the effort is directed towardsthe UHF band of operation. However, results… More

Narrow Band High Power Antennas for Airborne Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Engineer & CEO
Award Amount: $97,684.00
Abstract:
A novel approach is proposed that satisfies all critical system requirements. The design is based on modification of a waveguide radiating element using high dielectric strength materials. The radiating element design is compatible with a range of highdielectric strength materials. The element… More

Bistatic Altimeter Concept

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari
Award Amount: $749,893.00
Abstract:
The proposed Bistatic Altimeter concept is intended to provide a low cost solution to improve the accuracy of existing munitions such as the Joint Advanced Standoff Strike Missile (JASSM), Small Diameter Bomb (SDB), and the Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM). For GPS guided munitions, the GPS… More

Precise Guidance--No Seeker

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari
Award Amount: $749,586.00
Abstract:
Current precision guided weapons utilize GPS/INS and seeker technologies for guidance to ground targets. GPS/INS systems work by acquiring position and velocity information and maneuvering to given target coordinates entered before release. If seeker technology is used, target-tracking techniques… More

Multiple Aperture Beam Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed pointing and tracking system will leverage from existing commercial off the shelf GPS technology in order to keep the cost, complexity, and risk to a minimum. It will be shown that while commercial systems exist that can perform similar functions, changes to the system and in… More

Narrow Band High Power Antennas for Airborne Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari
Award Amount: $749,878.00
Abstract:
A novel antenna and beamforming approach is proposed that satisfies all critical system requirements. The design is based on modification of a waveguide radiating element using high dielectric strength materials. The radiating element design is compatible with a range of high dielectric strength… More

Unitary Warhead Airburst Fuzing Capability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
The lack of an active sensor for ranging eliminates the airburst capability on many existing conventional weapons used for impact and penetrating missions. The Air Force has a desire to add a height of burst (HOB) capability to these weapons in order to expand their operational use. FIRST RF… More

Multi-Band/Beam Module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,972.00
Abstract:
The goal of this SBIR topic is to develop a phased array antenna module for multi-band/beam, dual polarized receive array at 15 GHz RHCP (Right Hand Circularly Polarized) and 20 GHz LHCP (Left Hand Circularly Polarized) and RHCP (Right Hand Circularly Polarized) supporting three simultaneous beam… More

Advanced Radiating Apertures for Reduced Signature Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,949.00
Abstract:
There is a critical need to increase the capability of new apertures and arrays to support electronic attack on advanced airborne reduced signature platforms such as Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). New apertures must have the following characteristics: scalable with high-power capability, ability to… More

Advanced Microwave Antenna for Airborne Soil Moisture and Salinity Mapping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Chief Executive Officer
Award Amount: $74,993.00
Abstract:
The NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory seeks to perform advanced wide-area mapping of soil moisture and salinity. This requires a large scanning antenna with aerodynamic form, narrow beamwidth, high efficiency, and dual polarization. This antenna system must provide operation at L-band… More

Small Multi-decade Communications and Electronic Warfare (EW) Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $119,943.00
Abstract:
The RF bandwidth from 20 MHz to 2000 MHz is of particular interest to the US Army as it encompasses various communications, sensors, and electronic countermeasure systems. Developing a small antenna with 100:1 bandwidth would resolve many problems associated with multiple individual antennas… More

Physically-Small VHF SAR Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,939.00
Abstract:
The challenge of transferring VHF FOPEN technology to small tactical platforms lies in achieving adequate antenna characteristics within the allowable size, weight, and mechanical constraints. The key elements of the FIRST RF innovative design include: innovative broadband beamforming concept to… More

Rugged, Low-Cost, Nondielectric Missile Radome

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,969.00
Abstract:
Missiles will soon have the capability of traveling at higher speeds and over longer ranges than previously possible, resulting in uniquely demanding radome requirements. As seeker technology has been evolving to higher frequencies from X-band through W-band, traditional dielectric radome designs… More

Anti-Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,979.00
Abstract:
The FIRST RF team proposes a system that will provide RPG launch warning and bearing determination. The proposed system will be mounted on top of a vehicle or installed on fixed sights. The intent is to keep the system simple and affordable to allow integration on a wide range of platforms and… More

Small Multi-decade Communications and Electronic Warfare (EW) Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigtor
Award Amount: $729,805.00
Abstract:
The RF bandwidth from 20 MHz to 2000 MHz is of particular interest to the US Army as it encompasses various communications, sensors, and electronic countermeasure systems. FIRST RF has developed a passive antenna technology to meet the demands of the US Army program. There are two basic antenna… More

Unitary Warhead Airburst Fuzing Capability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,751.00
Abstract:
The lack of an active sensor for ranging eliminates the airburst capability on many existing conventional weapons used for impact and penetrating missions. The Air Force has a desire to add a height of burst (HOB) capability to these weapons in order to expand their operational use. FIRST RF… More

Multi-Band/Beam Module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of this SBIR topic is to develop a phased array antenna module for multi-band/beam, dual polarized receive array at 15 GHz RHCP (Right Hand Circularly Polarized) and 20 GHz LHCP (Left Hand Circularly Polarized) and RHCP (Right Hand Circularly Polarized) supporting three simultaneous beam… More

Advanced Microwave Antenna for Airborne Soil Moisture and Salinity Mapping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Chief Executive Officer
Award Amount: $299,942.00
Abstract:
The NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory seeks to perform advanced wide-area mapping of soil moisture and salinity. This requires a large scanning antenna with aerodynamic form, narrow beamwidth, high efficiency, and dual polarization. This antenna system must provide operation at L-band… More

Physically-Small VHF SAR Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $744,893.00
Abstract:
The challenge of transferring VHF FOPEN technology to small tactical platforms lies in achieving adequate antenna characteristics within the allowable size, weight, and mechanical constraints. FIRST RF has developed during Phase I a simple, novel approach to meeting the tough performance… More

Distributed Antenna Applications for Body Worn Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,934.00
Abstract:
Wearable electronics are of significant interest in several military and commercial applications. The goal of this technology is to optimize performance over a broad bandwidth while minimizing impact on the user. FIRST RF proposes to develop and deliver field-expedient prototypes and models of at… More

Enhanced Data Link Performance in Multipath and Interference Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,890.00
Abstract:
The proposed solution utilizes multiple antenna installations employed in strategically chosen locations on the aircraft carrier to maximize the system's capability to reject multi-path and interference. Each antenna installation employs unique techniques to mitigate the multi-path and interference… More

Anti-Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $994,454.00
Abstract:
The FIRST RF team has demonstrated the feasibility of a system that will provide RPG launch warning and bearing determination during the Phase I SBIR. The system will be mounted on top of a vehicle or installed on fixed sights. The intent is to keep the system simple and affordable to allow… More

Conformal Appliqué Antennas for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
Current methods of transmitting low-frequency RF energy from airborne platforms involve antennas such as blades that are electrically inefficient and a place a large aerodynamic burden on the airframe. SOCOM desires a method of efficiently transmitting low-frequency energy (VHF-UHF) at high power… More

Load Bearing Antenna Structure for Small Unmanned Air Vehicles (SUAV's)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
FIRST RF is proposing a two pronged approach of both smaller and small sized SUAVs. For the "smaller" SUAV FIRST RF is teaming up with the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV), at the University of Colorado, Boulder. During Phase I FIRST RF will be funding RECUV using IR&D… More

Planar Wideband Phased-Array Element For VHF RADAR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,745.00
Abstract:
Currently fielded VHF FOPEN SAR systems are tailored around large Unmanned Aerial Vehicles such as the Global Hawk platform. The current antenna design is an array of log-periodic monopoles that is permanently installed on the platform. While these antennas deliver the gain and suppress the backlobe… More

On The Move (OTM) Ku/Ka SATCOM Capability for the EFV

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,903.00
Abstract:
EFV requires a capable and rugged high data rate SATCOM system. One deficiency with current systems is in commanders having to pause or slow down their movement in order to use SATCOM services. The primary antenna technology most often applied for SATCOM terminals is a parabolic dish antenna with… More

Compact Broadband Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,966.00
Abstract:
FIRST RF Corporation in Boulder, CO has advanced a field of study called "Conformal Load-bearing Antenna Structures" initially intended for small to medium UAVs for operation from 20 MHz - 3000 MHz. Because space is limited aboard the objective airframes, this antenna engineering design concept… More

Extremely Wideband Antenna for Airborne and Land Mobile Communications Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $68,755.00
Abstract:
Joint Forces interoperability systems such as the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) require antennas that are extremely broadband. Some of the joint systems operate in HF/VHF/UHF and L-Bands and require antennas that can operate from 2-2000 MHz. Current conventional antennas do not perform… More

Compact, Wideband, Single or Dual Antenna Geolocation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,951.00
Abstract:
The current conflict in the Middle East has been the impetus behind tremendous advances in Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Electronic Warfare systems, algorithms and hardware. While most of the EW systems in use are vehicle based, such as the Army CREW II system, a major thrust towards capability… More

Distributed Antenna Applications for Body Worn Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,687.00
Abstract:
There is an urgent demand to demonstrate broadband body-wearable antenna technology integrated on the soldier platform. Current whip and vest-integrated antennas when integrated on the body lack adequate bandwidth and spatial coverage for some of the desired multifunction operations. An innovative… More

Load Bearing Antenna Structure for Small Unmanned Air Vehicles (SUAV's)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,907.00
Abstract:
The expanding functionality of Small and Medium Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) has led to a great interest in antennas strategically placed aboard the airframes of these vehicles that do not interfere with their aerodynamics. Traditionally, low-frequency antennas such as blades or dipoles/monopoles… More

Wideband,Lightweight, Beamformer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,665.00
Abstract:
FIRST RF will validate the application of various active TTD technologies into the proposed manufacturing approach with a paper design of a 0.5-18 GHz wideband lightweight beamforming network. The size and weight objectives of the BFN will be shown to be 1 pound and 1 inch in depth. The RF design… More

Blue Force Communications Compatible Antenna System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,586.00
Abstract:
As RF transmitters become more prevalent on US Army ground vehicles, the need for antenna systems that allow for mutual interoperability of Blue Force communications equipment and other RF systems grows in urgency. The main challenges that must be addressed for a successfully-realized system include… More

Wideband Conformal Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,768.00
Abstract:
As Joint Counter Radio Frequency IED Electronic Warfare (JCREW) technology becomes increasingly prolific in military applications for ground forces, there is a corresponding requirement to develop antenna systems that accommodate present and foreseeable integration and performance challenges for… More

Interoperability and compatibility techniques for Counter Radio controlled IED Electronic Warfare (CREW) and other Radio Frequency Communication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,976.00
Abstract:
The simultaneous need for blue force broadband communications link and the proliferation of sensitive SIGINT receivers has created the need for the US Navy to develop a system capable of suppressing broadband interference in close proximity to sensitive receivers. The goal of the current SBIR is to… More

Electrical Interconnect Technologies for MDA Phased Array Radars

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,953.00
Abstract:
FIRST RF proposes a revolutionary architecture for packaging and design of phased array antennas. This innovative technology has the capability to reduce the cost of phased array antennas by 80%. FIRST RF has identified the principal design features of current state-of-the-art phased array… More

Improved mini Ku band antenna for TCDL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,830.00
Abstract:
Current airborne datalink systems often suffer from dropped links when the aircraft maneuvers and the antenna's main beam points away from the ground- or air- based receive node. The result is an interrupted mission. An antenna system is required that is lightweight, compact and ruggedized which… More

On The Move (OTM) High Frequency (HF) Communications Capability for the EFV

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,762.00
Abstract:
The EFV is a strong asset in the arsenal of the US Marines. One of the targeted efforts of the Marines is to improve the HF communications capability of the vehicle by upgrading the current fixed-base whip antenna to an antenna that supports a Near Vertical Incident Signal (NVIS) mode of operation.… More

Cylindrical/Ogive Phased Array Transmitter for Jammers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,891.00
Abstract:
Dedicated EW Aircraft have inherent advantages in performing Jamming functions. The Aircraft is designed to provide a large space for multiple antenna arrays, prime power for amplifiers, and thermal management capability to dissipate the large amount of heat generated by multiple power supplies and… More

Armor Embedded Metamaterial Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,720.00
Abstract:
As the number of communication, sensing, and electronic warfare functions on military vehicles grows, the number of antennas needed to support those functions keeps increasing. While FIRST RF has helped this issue by combining multiple antenna functions into a common housing and developing… More

Compact, Wideband, Single or Dual Antenna Geolocation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,879.00
Abstract:
The current conflict in the Middle East has been the impetus behind tremendous advances in Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Electronic Warfare systems, algorithms and hardware. While most of the EW systems in use are vehicle based, a major thrust towards capability of the individual soldier is… More

Compact Broadband Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,282.00
Abstract:
As UAV airframes become smaller and yet more functional, a dramatic need arises for versatile wideband antennas that are conformal to the airframe yet are not compromised by the integration methods. Traditionally, VHF and UHF apertures present the greatest challenge because the wavelengths at these… More

Planar Wideband Phased-Array Element For VHF RADAR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $742,729.00
Abstract:
FIRST RF proposes a compact, broadband, highly integrated VHF SAR antenna array which consists of several key enabling technologies demonstrated during Phase I of this program. FIRST RF took an aggressive design approach in Phase I to prove that the conformal wideband antenna array can be used in… More

On The Move (OTM) Ku/Ka SATCOM Capability for the EFV

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $598,757.00
Abstract:
The United States Military has an urgent need to develop affordable phased array antennas supporting SATCOM on the move (OTM) capabilities. Currently-available SATCOM terminals rely on gimbaled dish antennas integrated with broadband feed structures. Although dish antenna technology is well suited… More

Blue Force Communications Compatible Antenna System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,136.00
Abstract:
As military vehicles support ever-growing RF functions, there is a need to develop systems to address the mutual interoperability of these capabilities. Specifically, there is an urgent requirement to address this challenge for two essential RF capabilitie

Improved mini Ku band antenna for TCDL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $729,947.00
Abstract:
Airborne communications systems such as TCDL are vulnerable to loss of link due to normal aircraft maneuvers. A dramatic need exists for an antenna system impervious to aircraft pitch and roll vectors. During Phase I, FIRST RF proposed and demonstrated a novel but simple and rugged… More

Extremely Wideband Antenna for Airborne and Land Mobile Communications Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $601,845.00
Abstract:
The goal of this Phase II effort is to provide a continuous bandwidth from 225-1850 MHz from a single antenna aperture that is mechanically suitable for use on a high-speed airborne platform. During this Phase II effort FIRST RF will examine a single aperture approach as well as a multi-aperture… More

Efficient Wideband Antenna for JTRS Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) Communications Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,011.00
Abstract:
The JTRS program is changing the future of radio communications by providing access to unprecedented spectral bandwidth and exploiting new developments in software-defined radio. To match these developments in radio technology, a significant improvement over the current state-of-the-art in antenna… More

Calibration techniques for very large arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dean Paschen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,945.00
Abstract:
Phased array antenna systems are growing in use within military systems. These arrays of thousands of elements need precise control of the aperture distributions to meet requirements for gain, sidelobes, etc. Errors in these phase and amplitude distributions over time will degrade the performance… More

Efficient Small Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,781.00
Abstract:
Existing antennas are deficient in several areas. Lightweight passive antennas often suffer low efficiency performance if the size is reduced below a substantial fraction of the operating wavelength. Antennas loaded with material are heavier, higher cost, and also suffer efficiency losses. … More

Conformal Omni-Directional Antenna Design for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $119,455.00
Abstract:
The proliferation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in DoD's fleet has created a serious need for lightweight, airborne conformal antennas that cover numerous frequency bands. Shadow 200 is a great example of a high performance, exceptionally versatile UAV system which is finding use among nearly… More

Electrical Interconnect Technologies for MDA Phased Array Radars

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $550,268.00
Abstract:
The United States Government has an urgent need to update the Missile Defense Agency''s Ballistic Missile Defense program. A key element of this program is the telemetry link providing the critical data exchange between the Ground Based Telemetry System and the airborne interceptor vehicle. This… More

Broadband, lightweight, low profile passive phased array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,972.00
Abstract:
The FIRST RF design combines cutting-edge technology in broadband phased array elements and high impedance metamaterials to produce a lightweight, low profile antenna array covering UHF through C-band frequencies. The array architecture minimizes the variation in gain and beamwidth over a nearly… More

Automated Resource Management and Beam Scheduling of Antenna Network for Space Operations Support

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dean Paschen, Cheif Technologist
Award Amount: $99,792.00
Abstract:
The Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) currently uses parabolic dish antennas at the Remote Tracking Station (RTS) sites and Automated RTS (ARTS) sites. Operation of these sites does not currently include automated scheduling and resource management of the satellite contacts. As a result,… More

Window Mounted UHF Antenna System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,710.00
Abstract:
Through this program FIRST RF plans to develop an innovative UHF window mounted antenna to be installed on the interior window of a fixed or rotary wing aircraft. The installation requires no modifications to the interior of the vehicle. The proposed design leverages a FIRST RF L-Band window mounted… More

Advanced antennas for air vehicle flight test evaluation.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,846.00
Abstract:
Through this program, FIRST RF will apply a proprietary antenna technology already in qualification for a specific Low Observable (LO) weapons system. This technology promises to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of the design and manufacture of conformal antennas for weapons systems and… More

High Isolation Transmit/Receive Antennas for Advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) and Communications Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,354.00
Abstract:
As modern battlefield scenarios require increasingly greater radio frequency (RF) capabilities from US Army ground vehicles, there is a corresponding requirement to develop antenna systems that ensure the mutual interoperability of these functions. Currently, there is an urgent requirement to… More

Conformal Antenna for Application to Jamming of IEDs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,751.00
Abstract:
The proposed program addresses the need for conformal and wideband antennas for ground and air vehicles primarily for support of J-CREW applications. FIRST RF has developed and produced a very novel wideband antenna that has been fielded on US Army, US Navy, and US Marines vehicles. The proposed… More

Wideband,Lightweight, Beamformer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $744,377.00
Abstract:
Narrow beam electronically scanned phased array antennas play a vital role in many defense communications, radar and EW systems. However, because of the cost and complexity of the constituent components, as well as the typical array manufacturing processes, phased arrays still remain prohibitively… More

Radar Multi-Beam Receive Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,923.00
Abstract:
The FIRST RF approach to multi-beam phased array antennas proposed for this phase I program uses innovative application of techniques traditionally used in communication networks in order to simultaneously perform RF analog beamforming of multiple beams simultaneously on a single RF manifold. The… More

Improvements in Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Detection Through Multi-band Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,930.00
Abstract:
Dual-Band airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging provides all-weather, day and night ISR capability with the ability to image through foliage. The proposed system is a UHF / X-Band system which uses a modified Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) radar built by Artemis, with an innovative… More

Conformal Omni-Directional Antenna Design for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $708,057.00
Abstract:
FIRST RF proposes a novel antenna demonstrated during Phase I for installation aboard the Shadow 200 UAV. This antenna is installed in the rear stabilator section of the aircraft, is completely conformal to the OML, produces vertically polarized omni-directional radiation patterns at SINCGARS… More

Enhanced Field Expedient Body Wearable Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dean Paschen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,912.00
Abstract:
The goals of this Phase I program are twofold. FIRST RF will demonstrate a broadband, VHF body-wearable antenna that is concealed and conformal. The antenna technology developed is designed to replace the currently-fielded 1-meter whip antenna used for communication in the SINCGARS radio band.… More

Variable Coverage Wide Field of View Satellite Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,908.00
Abstract:
The FIRST RF approach to the variable-coverage antenna for this Phase I program uses an offset reflector antenna and an innovative feed. At the heart of FIRST RF's proposed approach is an entirely new - but strikingly simple - method of selectively illuminating a reflector aperture over a continuum… More

High Isolation Transmit/Receive Antennas for Advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) and Communications Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $729,676.00
Abstract:
Recently, modern tactical warfare has relied more and more heavily on technologies requiring radio frequency (RF) capabilities. For applications ranging from networking functions (like peer-to-peer and satellite communications) to individual capabilities (like electronic warfare and signals… More

Advanced antennas for air vehicle flight test evaluation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Rick Veghte, Senior RF Engineer
Award Amount: $299,618.00
Abstract:
During Phase I of this program, FIRST RF investigated a number of conformal antenna options applicable to installation on Navy Flight Test Vehicles. The technology proposed for Phase II is a low-cost family of low-observable antennas. The technology is very versatile because it is scalable to many… More

Interoperability and compatibility techniques for Counter Radio controlled IED Electronic Warfare (CREW) and other Radio Frequency Communication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $298,174.00
Abstract:
As modern battlefield scenarios require increasingly greater radio frequency (RF) capabilities from US Army ground vehicles, there is a corresponding requirement to develop antenna systems that ensure the mutual interoperability of these functions. Currently, there is an urgent requirement to… More

Wideband Conformal Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $298,493.00
Abstract:
As Joint Counter Radio Frequency IED Electronic Warfare (JCREW) technology becomes increasingly prolific in military applications for ground forces, there is a corresponding requirement to develop antenna systems that accommodate present and foreseeable integration and performance challenges for… More

Co-Site Interference Mitigation in Phased Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Keith Kelly, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,888.00
Abstract:
The number of antennas on military vehicles has been steadily increasing as enhanced communications continue to provide our warfighters a significant battlefield advantage. The limited space on the submarine sail requires the co-location of phased array apertures in a single antenna housing… More

MH-60S Vertical Replenishment Object Proximity Warning System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Farzin Lalezari, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,920.00
Abstract:
Microwave millimeter wave imaging systems offer the advantage of longer range performance in adverse atmospheric conditions as a helicopter landing aid. A Ka-Band radar system offers the resolution required to determine safe landing and takeoff conditions as well as a package size that can be… More

Multi-Channel Wideband Antenna Array Manifolds

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ian Rumsey, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $149,531.00
Abstract:
The FIRST RF approach to multi-channel phased array antennas proposed for this Phase I program uses an innovative application of multiplexing techniques traditionally used in communication networks in order to simultaneously perform RF analog beamforming of multiple channels on a single RF manifold.… More

Calibration techniques for very large arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dean Paschen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $999,829.00
Abstract:
Phased array antenna systems are growing in use within military systems. These arrays of thousands of elements need precise control of the aperture distributions to meet requirements for gain, sidelobes, etc. Errors in these phase and amplitude distributions over time will degrade the performance… More

Calibration techniques for very large arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dean Paschen, Principal Investigator – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $1,249,730.00
Abstract:
Phased array antenna systems are growing in use within military systems. These arrays of thousands of elements need precise control of the aperture distributions to meet requirements for gain, sidelobes, etc. Errors in these phase and amplitude distributions over time will degrade the performance… More

Compact Radar Technology For Over the Horizon Small-Boat and Semi-Submersible Detection and Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Florida
Principal Investigator: Ian Rumsey, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $79,908.00
RI Contact: Roslyn S. Heath
Abstract:
As with all service branches within the Department of Defense (DoD), the mission objectives of the Navy are expanding to encompass not only major combat operations, but also asymmetric warfare scenarios. This expanding role requires the Navy to increasingly operate in littoral waters where effective… More

Modular Antenna System for Tracking Satellites by adaptations of existing terminals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dean Paschen, Director of Advanced Programs – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $99,886.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The goal of this Phase I program is to develop and evaluate the feasibility of concepts that will allow existing vehicular and man-portable SATCOM terminals operating in the 20/44 GHz range to be adapted to track satellites in all kinds of orbits. Although most SATCOM terminals in this… More

E-Band Gimbaled Dish Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: P. K. Kelly, Director of Engineering – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $99,916.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: FIRST RF proposes three lightweight E-Band gimbaled dish solutions that meet the need for scanning in two axes from a Geosynchronous Orbiting satellite (GEO). The designs are based on a gimbaled main reflector fore steering in one axis, but vary the method by which the orthogonal axis is… More

Conformal Antennas for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dean Paschen, Director of Advanced Programs – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $99,881.00
Abstract:
As the number of functions being incorporated into unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) increase, the number of antennas needed increases as well. For a UAS, there is often limited real estate available, making it difficult to incorporate these multiple functions on one vehicle. FIRST RF proposes a… More

Antennas for GNSS Handheld Receivers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dean Paschen, Director of Advanced Programs – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $99,766.00
Abstract:
The FIRST RF approach to the handheld antenna for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) is a wide bandwidth, wide beamwidth, compact adjustable element with integrated Low Noise Amplifier (LNA). This approach uses an innovative FIRST RF design to maximize bandwidth around the GNSS 1164-1611… More

Develop Radar Radome Materials, Processes and Test Methodology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Keith Kelly, Principal Investigator – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $79,832.00
Abstract:
The FIRST RF solution proposed for this Phase I program represents a unique utilization of metallic honeycomb structural cell elements to protect the radar system and optimize the RF and RCS performance of the system. The proposed configuration represents an improvement from conventional… More

Thermal Management of Highly Integrated Radio Frequency (RF) Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ian Rumsey, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,951.00
Abstract:
Sophisticated radar antennas such as an active electronically scanned aperture (AESA) are used to support acquisition and tracking in multiple modes over wide bandwidths, monopulse tracking, and Sense and Avoid RADAR (SAA) for UAV applications. These multi-function radar systems are small but… More

Improvements in Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Detection Through Multi-band Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dean Pashen, Director of Advanced Prog – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $749,593.00
Abstract:
Dual-Band airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging provides all-weather, day and night ISR capability with the ability to image through foliage. The proposed system is a UHF / X-Band system which uses a modified Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) radar built by Artemis, with an innovative… More

Variable Coverage Wide Field of View Satellite Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ben Wilmhoff, Technical Program Manager – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $714,260.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: A significant need exists for space antennas which provide high gain, small stowed volume, and the ability to generate both wide and narrow beams. Currently available UHF antennas for space applications do not offer a clear path for higher gain apertures, as this would require either the… More

Window Mounted UHF Antenna System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ben Wilmhoff, Program Manager – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $362,600.00
Abstract:
Through this Phase II program FIRST RF will deliver a quickly deployed UHF antenna package to be installed on a fixed wing aircraft. Assuming RF-transparent window glass, the installation requires no modifications to the interior of the vehicle. The proposed design leverages a FIRST RF L-Band window… More

Efficient Wideband Antenna for JTRS Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) Communications Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: P. Kelly, Director of Engineering – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $740,084.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II program, FIRST RF Corporation proposes technology which solves a technology gap which exists for the JTRS Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) segment; namely, a wideband/multi-band antenna covering the 30-88, 225 450, and 1200 2000 MHz bands. During Phase I, FIRST RF took an aggressive… More

Broadband, lightweight, low profile passive phased array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: P. Kelly, Director of Engineering – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $248,827.00
Abstract:
FIRST RF proposes a passive array antenna operating from 350 MHz 6000 MHz which provides the Navy a low-risk approach to the next generation airborne SIGINT system. This antenna array provides independent access to 8 beams across the band distributed over a 60 degrees field of view in azimuth and… More

Multi-Channel Wideband Antenna Array Manifolds

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: P. Kelly, Director of Engineering – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $549,649.00
Abstract:
UAS collision avoidance and cooperative navigation is a subject of intense research and development, particularly as UAS play a growing role in current and future engagements. The purpose of this Phase I program was to explore high performance yet affordable radar apertures and exciter/receiver… More

Ka-band Spread Spectrum

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: P. K. Kelly, Director of Engineering – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,813.00
Abstract:
SATCOM On-The-Move (OTM) is one of the greatest operational and tactical advantages our troops have. The SATCOM terminals available pose a number of practical constraints resulting in less than universal usage. Traditional reflectors are high profile and difficult to integrate on aircraft and… More

High-Speed Weapon Radomes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Anthony Jensen, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,760.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In high-speed weapon applications, typical forward-looking RF antenna sensors must reside near the nose. Unfortunately, this is the location that experiences the greatest amount of atmospheric ram pressure and thus thermal loading. As more and more advanced hypersonic weapons are… More

High Gain Ka-Band Data Link Antennas with Wide-Field-of-Regard (WFOR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: P. K. Kelly, Director of Engineering – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,765.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: As airborne sensors become more prolific and more sophisticated, the amount of data they are able to produce overwhelms the current ability to offload that data based on the meager performance of ground station terminals. A high gain antenna supporting Ka-Band sensor data offload and… More

Joint Aerial Layer Network High Capacity Backbone Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Arian Lalezari, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,952.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In order to provide modular, scalable, and flexible operational capabilities for future Joint Aerial Layer Networks, FIRST RF proposes developing a small, lightweight, robust, multi-band antenna concept that can be adapted to provide customizable"pick-and-choose"options,… More

Embedded Co-Located Antenna Elements to Increase Pattern Coverage and Effectively Mitigating Interference for Improved Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Markey, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $99,812.00
Abstract:
The future role of military ground and air vehicles is focused on wireless communications. These vehicles must accommodate a variety of sensors as well as antennas, not to mention traditional payloads such as fuel, weapons, and personnel. The integration of antennas on the vehicle is one of the… More

Low Profile, Very Wide Bandwidth Aircraft Communications Antennas Using Advanced Ground-Plane Techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Wilmhoff, Program Manager – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $79,958.00
Abstract:
While substantial progress has been made toward developing wideband, low-profile antennas, maintenance of reasonable gain at very low profiles and small diameters, especially as operating frequency is lowered, remains a problem. This is due to the fact that gain and antenna size are inversely… More

Conformal Antennas for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dean Paschen, Program Manager – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $749,805.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Conformal, wideband and low frequency antennas are a persistent source of research and development for military and commercial integrators, particularly airframe integrators. Generally, conformal antennas are either narrow band or inefficient. Low frequency antennas are usually large and… More

Antennas for GNSS Handheld Receivers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dean Paschen, RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $749,516.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: There are currently no antennas available for handheld receivers or other military systems that efficiently cover the full GNSS spectrum with broad, stable patterns and consistent performance over frequency. During the first phase of this program we designed, optimized and built working… More

Modular Antenna System for Tracking Satellites by adaptations of existing terminals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: P. K. Kelly, Director of Engineering – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $749,786.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: FIRST RF has developed a revolutionary new hybrid phased array architecture that provides two-axis beam agility not available in current hybrid antenna solutions. The hybrid solution combines mechanical pointing with electrical pointing to support communication links over a full… More

E-Band Gimbaled Dish Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Keith Kelly, Director of Engineering – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $747,563.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Airborne ISR platforms are intensive data generators and require more robust SATCOM links in order to remain effective. One method of achieving higher datarates is by migrating to higher frequencies such as the 71 86 GHz band. This band is currently undeveloped, especially for… More

Enhanced Field Expedient Body Wearable Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ian Rumsey, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $829,714.00
Abstract:
The goals of this Phase II program are threefold. First, FIRST RF will enhance the current vest-integrated ground-radio (VIG-R) antenna to realize the instantaneous bandwidth required by the SINCGARS radio to provide full channel hopping capability. During the Phase I effort, FIRST RF demonstrated… More

Thermal Management of Highly Integrated Radio Frequency (RF) Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ian Rumsey, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $749,899.00
Abstract:
Sophisticated radar antennas such as an active electronically scanned aperture (AESA) are used to support acquisition and tracking in multiple modes over wide bandwidths, monopulse tracking, and Sense and Avoid RADAR (SAA) for UAV applications. These multi-function radar systems are small but… More

Affordable Active Phased Array Sensor Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ian Rumsey, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $99,959.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I effort, FIRST RF will develop and evaluate concepts enabling Ku and Ka band phased array missile seekers. Phased array systems eliminate all moving components reducing the likelihood of mechanical failures. As an added bonus, phased arrays provide a measure of graceful degradation in… More

Low-Profile Wideband SATCOM Antennas (LPWSA) for Airborne Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Keith Kelly, Director of Engineering – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,641.00
Abstract:
Affordable, low profile SATCOM On the Move (OTM) terminals are a subject of intense research due to the cost, performance and physical burden of current systems. For airborne ISR platforms like EMARSS and others, SATCOM uplinks using a gimbaled dish on the top fuselage centerline are the preferred… More

Lightweight Communication Equipment for Interceptor Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ian Rumsey, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $99,960.00
Abstract:
Based on years of experience and multiple successful production programs in missile and interceptor antenna technologies, FIRST RF will develop and demonstrate a very low size, weight and power antenna solution that will enable long range data links beyond the capabilities of current systems. This… More

High-Speed Weapon Radomes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Anthony Jensen, Senior RF Senior – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $749,938.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: As more and more advanced hypersonic weapons are developed, vehicle temperatures are expected to near 1250°K (977°C); as flight times increase, these temperatures are expected to saturate the entire vehicle. Typically, forward-looking RF and IR sensors are collocated in the same… More

High Gain Ka-Band Data Link Antennas with Wide-Field-of-Regard (WFOR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: P. K. Kelly, Director of Engineering – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $749,945.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: As airborne sensors become more prolific and sophisticated, the amount of data they produce overwhelms the current ability to offload that data based on the meager performance of ground station terminals. A high gain antenna supporting Ka-Band sensor data offload and Command and Control… More

High Gain Common Data Link (CDL) Antennas for Networking UAV Nodes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ian Rumsey, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $79,966.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I effort, FIRST RF will develop and evaluate concepts 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. Wide elevation patterns… More

Low Size Weight and Power (SWaP) wideband Digital Receiver Exciters (DREX) technologies for Radar and Communication Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ian Rumsey, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $79,981.00
Abstract:
FIRST RF will develop a low SWaP DREX system approach that will include a wideband, multichannel frequency conversion capability. Requirements and design viability for a flexible multi-mission system that can support advanced radar modes or high-bandwidth communications will be investigated. FIRST… More

Joint Aerial Layer Network High Capacity Backbone Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Arian Lalezari, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $749,805.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In order to provide modular, scalable, and flexible operational capabilities for future Joint Aerial Layer Networks, FIRST RF proposes developing a small, lightweight, robust, multi-band antenna concept that can be adapted to provide customizable"pick-and-choose"options,… More

Conformal Antenna Technology for Improved Signal Intelligence (SIGINT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Arian Lalezari, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,982.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: As the need for new airborne RF sensing capability grows, Air Force warfighters are increasingly interested in employing conformal antennas to their aircraft. Because conformal antennas minimize the impact to the flight performance of aircraft, they offer the possibility to install a… More

Militarized Airborne Very Low Frequency (VLF) Receive Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Arian Lalezari, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,973.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: For decades, very low frequency (VLF) links have been an important part of Air Force"s worldwide logistics infrastructure and response-coordination capability. With an increasingly-global proliferation of nuclear capability, Air Force faces an urgent need to update legacy VLF… More

Low-power-cost-weight, rapidly-Installable, Medium-Range Interplane Communications Capability (LIMRICC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ian Rumsey, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,983.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The current lack of a simple, low-cost, and high bandwidth communication system on C2ISR (Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) aircraft prevents the Air Force from realizing the full capability of its airborne reconnaissance and surveillance assets. The… More

Dual-band low-profile antennas for intra-flight communication and data links

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Anthony Jensen, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 442-5911
Award Amount: $149,946.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: High speed communication channels and tactical data links are becoming increasingly important for both military and commercial applications. The need for high speed inter-flight communication and data transfer is validated by the existence of the Intra-Flight Data Link (IFDL) for the… More

Ground Based Sensor for measurement of V and W band satellite link propagation channel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Leo Diaz, Staff Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,992.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: AFRL is poised to benefit from unlicensed 5 Ghz uplink and 5 Ghz downlink spectrum at V- and W-bands for SATCOM links for airborne ISR assets and the data products they generate, such as full motion video and EO/IR imagery and data. Prior to going operational with V/W SATCOM, it is… More

V/W Band Airborne Receive Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Leo Diaz, Staff Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,967.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: As intelligence and sensor systems become more complex, the amount of data being transferred increases. Naturally, this calls for a higher bandwidth communication backbone in the field. This demand has spawned a requisite for an airborne antenna supporting satellite communication at V/W… More

Light Weight High Gain High Data Rate Launch Vehicle Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brian Boone, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,930.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The United States Air Force (USAF) has a need to upgrade communications systems on board Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV"s). Video monitoring of Launch Vehicles (LV"s) during all stages of orbit insertion provides invaluable information about the health and status of a… More

GNSS Antenna Arrays for Situational Awareness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jacob Morton, RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,817.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: FIRST RF proposes a 4- and 7-element Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna (CRPA) covering the full L-band GNSS radio navigation spectrum, offering simultaneous anti-jam (A/J) and situational awareness (SA) functionality. Both the 4- and 7-element configurations are backwards compatible… More

Ka-band Satellite Phased Array Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Luke Sankey, RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,920.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Future SATCOM payload antennas need to provide much greater spot beam control flexibility. Currently deployed systems utilize phased array fed dishes limiting the number of spot beams and gain since earth coverage is accomplished by limiting the number of beamwidths scanned. The solution… More

Manpack antenna for Advanced MIL SATCOM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James McDonald, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,986.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The requirement for a MANPACK-compatible SATCOM terminal for Special Operations (SOF) and Tactical Air Control Parties (TACP) obviates a small, lightweight antenna system that can withstand the rigors of dismounted operation. The proposed antenna system combines a deployable reflector… More

Multi-Channel Wideband Antenna Array Manifolds

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ian Rumsey, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $449,925.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II.5 effort, FIRST RF will fabricate and test, an Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) based radar system that is suitable for both collision avoidance and advanced antisubmarine warfare (ASW) sensors on unammaned aerial systems (UAS). After completion of ground and flight testing of… More

Low-Profile Wideband SATCOM Antennas (LPWSA) for Airborne Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: P. K. Kelly, Driector of Engineering – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $499,977.00
Abstract:
FIRST RF has developed a revolutionary new dual band SATCOM antenna that provides greater than hemispherical field of view with a very low profile. The solution combines mechanical pointing with electrical pointing to support communication links over a full hemisphere while maintaining a very low… More

Compact Radar Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Leo Diaz, Staff RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $79,970.00
Abstract:
Directed electromagnetic (RF, microwave and millimeter wave) energy offers unique and flexible options for non-lethal weapons, but the technology for these systems needs to achieve smaller and lighter packaging. Of particular interest are the Multi-frequency RF Vehicle Stopper at L-Band and the… More

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

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ian Rumsey, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $79,919.00
Abstract:
n this Phase I effort, FIRST RF will develop and evaluate concepts 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. The use of multibeam arrays will… More

Advanced Space Antenna for GPS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brian Boone, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,968.00
Abstract:
The government has a current requirement to develop antenna systems which enable significantly increased GPS signal levels at specified pointing angles within the terrestrial footprint covered by a GPS satellite. Current and past GPS antennas are designed to provide a nearly constant flux density… More

Embedded Co-Located Antenna Elements to Increase Pattern Coverage and Effectively Mitigating Interference for Improved Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Markey, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $499,986.00
Abstract:
The future net-centric military provides enhanced battlefield awareness through wireless links between unmanned aerial vehicles, high-speed aircraft, rotary-winged platforms, and soldiers on the ground. To support this, platforms must accommodate a variety of antennas, not to mention traditional… More

Ka-band Spread Spectrum

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: P. K. Kelly, Director of Engineering – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $999,362.00
Abstract:
SATCOM On-The-Move (OTM) is one of the greatest operational and tactical advantages our troops have. The SATCOM terminals available pose a number of practical constraints resulting in less than universal usage. Traditional reflectors are high profile and difficult to integrate on aircraft and… More

Conformal High-Efficiency Emitter Systems Enhancement (CHEESE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Iam Rumsey, Principal RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,939.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: FIRST RF proposes a two pronged, pragmatic approach intended to provide antenna solutions for both small and large UAS platforms operating in L/S/C & Ku bands. Larger aircraft, such as the global hawk, have relatively fast cruise speeds where extra drag incurred by external components… More

Adaptive antenna structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dean Paschen, Principal Investigator – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,991.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The proposed research will develop and validate a pragmatic approach to modifying existing ground station antenna systems to mitigate the spectral congestion. Furthermore, this solution is a natural building block for future AFSCN ground station capability growth and can serve to… More

GPS PNT Flexible Satellite

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Andy Casperson, RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $149,998.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In the nearly 36 years since the first NAVSTAR GPS satellite was launched, GPS has grown into one of the most important and widespread technologies used by modern military and civilian systems. While the legacy GPS constellation continues to provide support for most military applications,… More

Low Profile antenna for Multi-Band (X, Ku, and Ka SATCOM) including potential option for Ku band Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: P. Kelly, Director of Engineering – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $79,965.00
Abstract:
A multiband SATCOM terminal solution is identified conforming to low profile rotary wing aircraft constraints. The architecture incorporates commercially available RF electronics and components in a unique package that precludes manual reconfiguration to support alternate SATCOM datalinks. This… More

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

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Markey, Senior RF Engineer – (303) 449-5211
Award Amount: $79,974.00
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… More