The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has awarded research contracts to eight teams as part of a multi-year program that seeks to advance electrically small antenna capabilities.
IARPA said Tuesday team working under the Effective Quantitative Antenna Limits for Performance program will aim to further develop ESAs through size reduction, data rate boost, broadband signal transmission enhancement and operation frequency cut.
ESAs are those antennas that were shorter than their transmitted or received wavelength signals.
The resulting work will be tested and evaluated by the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, and the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.
The EQuAL-P program awardees are:
- Boeing Research & Technology
- HRL Laboratories
- North Carolina State University
- The Pennsylvania State University
- Raytheon BBN Technologies
- SRI International
- University of Wisconsin–Madison
- The Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles
The teams won the contracts through a competitive broad agency announcement for the IARPA program.