Patent Number: 6,295,034

Title: Common aperture reflector antenna with improved feed design

Abstract: A common aperture reflector antenna and feed are provided for use in common aperture sensor systems. The feed includes an array of individual elements. The array elements are configured to increase the overall efficiency of a reflector antenna by flattening the aperture illumination, and also by nullifying the illumination within the centrally-blocked-portion of the reflector antenna surface. More specifically, the array elements are carefully configured with respect to spacing and excitation, for example, such that the array illuminates only the non-blocked portion of the main reflector. In addition, the array pattern is optimized such that the non-blocked portion of the reflector antenna is quasi-uniformly illuminated.

Inventors: Brown; Kenneth W. (Yucaipa, CA), Drake; Thomas A. (Yucaipa, CA)

Assignee: Raytheon Company

International Classification: H01Q 19/17 (20060101); H01Q 3/26 (20060101); H01Q 5/00 (20060101); H01Q 19/02 (20060101); H01Q 19/10 (20060101); H01Q 19/00 (20060101); H01Q 019/14 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018