High Gain Common Data Link (CDL) Antennas for Networking UAV Nodes
FIRST RF, an advanced technologies company specializing in antennas and radio frequency (RF) systems, is developing a low-SWaP, multi-beam Ku array system technology capable of full two-way multi-channel communications incorporating 360 degrees of TCDL networked communication links. This phased array system will enable single star network distribution and static/dynamic Internet Protocol address routing for up to 6 high-speed channels simultaneously without reliance on space communication assets. The System’s low-SWaP, combined with its innovative, low-cost SMArT card architecture, make it ideally suited for integration on small UAV platforms (i.e. Fire Scout) serving as communication nodes to rapidly transfer mission critical information (i.e. imagery, data, command and control) up to a slant range of 110 nautical miles. FIRST RF seeks an air-platform partner for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle system integration.
Simultaneous multi-beam high-bandwidth conformal tactical data link antenna systems
FIRST RF’s sense-and-avoid radar system is a breakthrough sensor system which allows unmanned aerial systems (UASs) developed by the Navy (and other branches of the US Military) to provide improved mission flexibility in the battlefield and also comply with the collision-avoidance requirements set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow UASs operate within domestic airspace. Target platforms include rotary-wing and fixed-wing UASs, including the MQ-8 FireScout and the MQ-4C Triton. FIRST RF’s SAA phased array will enable unprecedented support to military missions (including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and situational awareness), as well as domestic applications (including homeland security, law enforcement, and firefighting). A product-focused company, FIRST RF provides our customers with concept-to-deployment support of advanced antenna and radio frequency (RF) systems technologies.
Atmospheric Ice Detection and Avoidance System for Fixed and Rotary Wing Aircraft
The Integrated System for Avoidance of Ice-producing Airborne Hazards (ISAIAH) is a low-SWaP, passive, aircraft ice detection system. FIRST RF is a technologies company specializing in antennas and radio frequency (RF) systems. FIRST RF’s partner, Radiometrics, manufactures radiometric weather profiling systems. ISAIAH enables detection and avoidance of airborne icing hazards, reducing aircraft loss risk – thereby increasing the probability of mission success. FIRST RF’s partner Radiometrics Corporation has world-exclusive capability in supercooled liquid water (SLW) detection. FIRST RF and Radiometrics will transition this capability to airborne platforms. Upward-looking and horizontal SLW detection has been demonstrated in Phase I. Airborne SLW detection is about to be demonstrated in Phase II. FIRST RF seeks an air-platform partner for the integration of the ISAIAH system onto airborne systems.