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An Assessment of the SBIR Program at the National Science Foundation
important from both a military standpoint and important in civilian markets. The company has used its SBIR funding to develop antennas that rely on an electronhole plasma grating to provide rapid beam steering and beam forming without the use of bulky mechanically moved reflectors, which are slow, and without electronically steered phase shifters, which are fast but expensive. WaveBand’s antennas reportedly offer a price advantage 100 times more favorable to buyers than traditional systems. Approximately half of WaveBand’s revenue in 2004 came from SBIR grants and contracts. The company provided helpful comments for improving the SBIR program.