FIU awarded USD 4.82m by Air Force to research origami antennas

Florida International University (FIU) has announced the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has awarded it with an additional USD 4.82 million to expand its research on origami antennas, the company said.

Last year, the AFOSR granted USD 4.82 million to establish the Transforming Antennas Center (TAC). The funding total, close to USD 10 million, will be distributed over six years. Second round of funding boosts convergence research and enhances workforce development efforts.

TAC develops innovative and advanced origami-based antennas for the next-generation of Air Force and Department of Defense systems. The adaptable antennas can be compactly stowed, easily collapsed and quickly deployed, enhancing, for example, the agility of warfighters in the battlefield and satellite communications.

The additional funding enhances TAC´s research collaboration opportunities with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and facilitates the exchange of technical information between AFRL scientists and FIU faculty and students. It also brings two new collaborating institutions to the TAC — Brigham Young University and Cornell University.

Florida International University is Miami´s public research university. FIU is focused on student success and research excellence with two campuses and multiple centers, including sites in Qingdao and Tianjin, China, and supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums.