Technology Transfer - Technology: Communications
Compact Antenna Assembly
SSC Atlantic – Patent US 7,084,835
This antenna requires much less height and installation real estate than either the conventional ¼ wavelength or the inefficient shortened version of the conventional ¼ wavelength antenna. This allows the installation of compact and effective antennas in restricted areas thus reducing installation and maintenance costs. This compact antenna assembly can be sized for efficient operation from the extremely low frequency through extremely high frequency radio frequency bands.
Portable and Inflatable Antenna Device
SSC Atlantic – Patent US 7,567,215
UHF SATCOM and Mobile User Objective Systems (MUOS) are becoming an even more portable means of communication due to the current development of Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) handheld and manpack radios that support these waveforms. A small, light, easy to pack, inflatable antenna will allow more users access to satellite communications for quick Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) communications, in emergencies or as a backup when other communications fail. The wide beamwidth characteristics of the antenna require no pointing or knowledge of satellite position for basic satellite access. Additional gain is achieved when the antenna is pointed towards the satellite. Higher gain can be achieved by phasing multiple inflatable antennas together and/or adding a larger conductive reflector.
Frequency Agile Electronically Small Tactical AM Broadcast Band Antenna System
SSC Atlantic – Patent US 8,350,769 and US 8,725,214
Typical antenna systems require a broadcast engineer to setup and maintain the antenna system, which is expensive. In addition, typical antenna systems require power shutdowns to tune the antenna system. There are two patents for a frequency agile electrically small tactical AM broadcast antenna system that includes a transmitter, an antenna tuning unit (including the second patent for the method to tune the antenna), and a quick-erecting antenna mast that allows for the quick and efficient deployment of this system.
Minimal Reactance Vehicle Antenna (MRVA) for DoD vehicles
SSC Atlantic – Patent Pending
Mounting multiple antennas on a vehicle results in RF cosite interference. This patent is for an optimized performance tactical antenna that operates on platforms and vehicles in the VHF and UHF bands along with other co-located VHF and UHF antennas. This antenna provides superior vocal communication over close spaced (<5 MHz) radio frequency transmissions on the co-located antennas to other non-local antennas. This antenna utilizes a structure which significantly reduces the height and footprint of the antenna as compared to traditional vertically polarized antennas on vehicle platforms.
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