ITTC Project

Phased-Array Antenna System Development

Project Award Date: 10-28-2003


Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T), LLC is under contract to the Department of Energy (DOE) to operate and manage a federally owned facility in Kansas City, Missouri. This statement of work document defines the minimum requirements for technical work ITTC will perform for Honeywell relative to development of a phased-array antenna system.

A wide bandwidth S-band telemetry link is being developed to enable data downlinks from an airborne sensor suite at distances up to 20 miles. High-gain ground-based antennas will be used to maintain transmission quality despite the transmission power limitations. The ground-based antennas will be electronically steerable in one dimension using phased-array techniques. A prototype antenna system will be developed to demonstrate system feasibility.

Project Requirements.

The following are phased-array antenna system requirements, and tests to be performed:

1. Frequency band of interest for this project is from 2300 MHz to 2400 MHz.
2. Antenna system dimensions shall be no greater than 10" x 18" x 4".
3. The mass of the antenna system shall be no greater than 3 pounds.
4. The peak far-field antenna system gain shall be 15 dB.
5. The 3-dB azimuthal beamwidth shall be greater than 20 degrees.
6. The antenna system shall be maximally sensitive to vertically polarized signals.
7. The antenna main lobe shall be steerable in azimuth only. It shall steer :t30 from broadside.
8. The antenna steering system shall automatically track a single emitter in the far field with an incident power level of -80dBm.


Faculty Investigator(s): Christopher Allen (PI)

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): Honeywell

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