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Antenna System Testing Simulator

The US Navy seeks a partner to license and commercialize a portable device that simulates antenna operations to test signal processing and control devices such as transmitters and receivers

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 A technology used to test US naval antenna control and receiving equipment is available for license and commercialization.  The small, portable device provides signals that mimic the presence of a particular antenna or array so receiver equipment can be tested without being attached to the actual array.
A technology used to test US naval antenna control and receiving equipment is available for license and commercialization. The small, portable device provides signals that mimic the presence of a particular antenna or array so receiver equipment can be
The Technology: 

The US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) has designed, patented, and fielded to the fleet an antenna system testing unit that simulates the presence and operation of single- and multi-antenna systems.  The simulator mimics the presence of and signals from the desired antenna or array so test devices can determine if antenna control equipment is properly steering an antenna or correctly signaling transmission or receiving modes at the desired frequencies.

The simulator is small (approximately shoe box size), inexpensive to build, and simple to connect.  The simulator provides signals that make the equipment being tested believe it is actually connected to a particular antenna or array.  The simulator processes control signals from the control device under test and returns appropriate status word signals reflecting various antenna configurations.  The simulation makes it possible to test the reading and writing characteristics of the signal processing control device to ensure proper operation over the range of steering, transmit/receive, and other control functions.

Benefits: 
  • Portable & Rugged:  Device in use by the US Navy is smaller than a shoe box and designed for use at sea
  • Simple:  Two quick connections are all that are required to setup the simulator for testing
  • Inexpensive:  Simulator components are low-cost and available from commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) sources
The Opportunity: 
  • US Patent 8,004,455 and the simulator technical design package are available for license
  • Potential for collaboration with NSWC Crane researchers to further improve the technology and pursue joint opportunities
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