Efficient HF Transmit Antennas Utilizing Platform Coupling and Reconfigurable Aperture
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DOD / NAVY
Virtual EM is proposing a solution for achieving electrically small high-efficiency VHF transmit antennas suitable for use on medium size Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). In the proposed approach, maximum use of the UAV"s airframe for the antenna improves radiation efficiency while dynamic reconfiguration of the antenna aperture provides frequency tuning and hence lower noise floor. Feasibility has been demonstrated via simulations and limited prototyping in Phase I, and a fully functional prototype on a flight-worthy UAV will be built in Phase II.
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Virtual EM Inc.
3055 Plymouth Rd, Ste 200 Ann Arbor, MI 48105-
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Michigan State University
408 W Circle Dr Rm 4
East Lansing, MI 48824-