To develop a dual band antenna prototype to be followed by further development activities, in order to generate a product certified for integration with any kind of aircrafts.
The proposed prototype development activity is intended as the first step toward the follow-on process to finally succeed in the massive production of antennas.
To provide a unique solutions to integrate in the different type of aircrafts to day available in order to have a single antenna able to perform satellite communication services and navigation.
To make available an integrated antenna able to perform the dual band service for AMS(R)S plus GPS/Galileo/EGNOS service, in addition of INMARSAT, IRIDIUM and GLOBALSTAR services.
The antenna has a flat/conformal configuration formed by a dual conformal patch (7/8 elements) array, placed on a circular ground plane electrically connected with the airborne body.
The single patch size is about 54 x 54 mm.
The array diameter is 400 mm with an height of 4,56 mm.
The antenna is ground-tested in a single configuration only.
The overall duration of the program is 24 months, reaching a target TRL of 4. The program consists of 2 phases.
The Phase 1 is concerned with establishing the dual antenna baseline solution, the requirements and the preliminary design.
The phase 2 is concerned with the detailed design of the antenna, the manufacturing and the RF test of the prototype and the preparation of a DD&T plan to bring the antenna to a pre-production unit level.
Certification is outside of the scope of the activity.
The program started on 28 November 2016, the activities are presently in progress.