SoftWear Antennas is a product development project, which will result in a wearable antenna product family. Previously, Patria has completed two ESA funded Artes 5.1 projects (Textile Antennas- and Cospas-Sarsat Antennas -projects), successfully demonstrating that fully textile, wearable antennas are extremely versatile and therefore feasible for different user applications.
The project work involves the development of fully textile antennas for selected frequency bands and applications. One particular challenge in this project is to fit traditional textile manufacturing with state of the art textile antennas production.
The initial launch of the antenna product family includes three members: VHF-, L-, and S-band antennas. However, the baseline designs give a provision to scale antennas to also cover other frequency bands.
The overall objective of this activity is to produce textile antennas. Three different textile antenna versions will be developed to a technical readiness level that allows them to be produced in high volumes. In addition to nominal antenna characterization tests performed in anechoic chamber, the antennas will also be tested in practical field tests during this activity.
Project output from a hardware point of view is the delivery of antenna 0-series.