What commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS), small form factor antennas are available?


Posted: July 28, 2022

Deadline: August 10, 2022

DSIAC is searching for COTS, small form factor antennas that can meet, or be scaled to meet, a set of specific requirements. Solutions must be Sensor Open-Systems Architecture (SOSA) compliant. (SOSA alignment includes electromechanical connections as well as data and control messages.) The solution must be mechanically and/or electronically steerable.

Solutions must operate on typically available aircraft power (28 VDC and/or multiphase AC) to provide transmit and receive capabilities across a radio frequency range spanning 100 MHz to 40 GHz, either as a single reconfigurable aperture array or a suite of multiple apertures/arrays. Also of interest are solutions that cover a smaller range of operating frequencies if the solution can demonstrate rapid interchangeability.

The antenna will be mounted and installed inside or outside the electromagnetic-energy transparent enclosure to meet the following:

  • Mounted and conformed to the skin of an aerodynamically shaped surface on the inside and outside of a pod.
  • Allow transmit and receive functions from the apertures on the inside or outside of the pod and still withstand shock, vibration, air load, and thermal environments.

A detailed list of system attributes can be found at the following link:  https://sam.gov/opp/61bb2ed77ce64e8eb66651496f77f86f/view.

If you have a COTS solution that fits most of these requirements, please join the conversation on the DoDTechipedia forum by clicking “Join the Discussion” below or email Taylor Knight, DSIAC’s point of contact for this inquiry (taylor.knight@dsiac.org).


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