Antenna Design, Testing and Manufacturing
Nokomis has in-house rapid prototyping capability for low profile antenna development needs. High performance antenna structures facilitate lightweight/conformal antenna arrays that significantly improve operational utility. In-house prototyping for rigid and flexible laminates has been established with the capability to build over 100 antennas daily facilitating the building of antennas at a rate that exceeds the ability to draw, model and simulate antennas using commercial software packages. This antenna fabrication capability greatly reduces the time required to produce, test and evaluate each antenna design.
Nokomis has the ability to conform high performance antennas to various platforms for a variety of different applications. Nokomis maintains the capability to perform the entire conformal antenna design process in house utilizing a unique iterative approach. Past experiences have shown that the earlier in the design process that empirical measurements are made, the more efficiently and quickly a final solution can be found.
In the world of small UAVs, traditional antenna methods present significantly undesirable and sometimes insurmountable mechanical and aerodynamics issues. By replacing these traditional antenna designs with lightweight conformal antenna technology, there is a reduction in drag on the aircraft surfaces and an improvement in the aircraft payload capacity while maintaining high-performance. In the case of larger manned aircraft, the technology facilitates broadband sensing technology by utilizing the skin of the aircraft fuselage and wings to obtain better aperture performance.
Nokomis’ developed antenna technology has been flight tested on multiple occasions as part of the Airborne Hiawatha system and implemented as an internal conformal antenna on the Dismounted Hiawatha system.