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Black Hawk Flyover

December 19, 2022

We have friends in high places!

FIRST RF recently got a chance to see our FRF-179-500 in action during a Black Hawk flyover at our headquarters. We are proud to play a role in supporting this incredible machine!

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ScalAble, Multi-Beam Array (SAMBA)

March 16, 2023

If you’re curious about the kind of work we do at FIRST RF, take a look at the YouTube video linked here detailing our progress towards the development of a ScalAble, Multi-Beam Array (SAMBA) under Navy SBIR Topic N201-065. SAMBA enables Navy platforms to establish high-bandwidth datalinks to multiple sea and air platforms simultaneously. Our Director of Advanced Programs, Dean Paschen, explains the technical need from the Navy, the challenges encountered, and ultimately, our solution that changes the game for scalable active electronically scanned arrays (AESAs).

If you are interested in learning more about SAMBA and helping FIRST RF further develop this product, consider applying to an open position at

Navy Gold Coast Event

September 8, 2022

FIRST RF is back for Day 2 of the SBIR/STTR Navy Gold Coast event! At our booth (booth 1018), you’ll find our recently developed MAINLINE (Multibeam Adaptable INtegrated Low-profile Interconnecting Network Element) product. This array is a state-of-the-art, low-cost, low-profile AESA capable of up to four simultaneous transmit and receive beams at Common Data Link (CDL) frequencies. MAINLINE provides multiple high-data-rate communication links between airborne, shipborne, and ground-based assets in contested environments. This technology is paving the way for adaptable, high-speed communication in the battlespace.

Employee Spotlight - Ben Wilbur

August 10, 2022

People who do incredible things at work also do incredible things outside of work. In his first two years after graduating from University of Colorado Boulder, FIRST RF Mechanical Engineer Ben Wilbur (he/him/his) led the mechanical design of an FAA-qualified antenna that changes the game for in-flight WiFi by bringing 5G to the skies. Even with this demanding assignment, Ben still finds time to pursue his personal passion: rock climbing. Ben has been featured in several news articles, one of which covered his speed record for climbing The Naked Edge in Eldorado Canyon. Earlier this year, Ben took a three-month sabbatical which he spent climbing and ultimately summitting Cerro Fitz Roy, among other peaks in the Care Bear Traverse, in Patagonia. If you’re ready to work with people like Ben, visit If you have any questions for Ben regarding his position as a Mechanical Engineer, reach out to

Raytheon Technologies Premier Supplier Award

June 27, 2022

Raytheon Technologies recently recognized FIRST RF Corporation with a Premier Award for performance in 2021 and overall excellence in “Technology & Innovation” and “Collaboration.” The Premier Award is an annual recognition platform under the Raytheon Technologies Performance+ Program to recognize suppliers that exhibit superior performance and that have provided exceptional value to Raytheon Technologies. The photo shows FIRST RF’s X-Band array, part of Raytheon Technologies’ Skyler system, during a flyover test. Our array enables airspace and atmosphere surveillance for use in aviation and weather applications. After almost 10 years of innovation and collaboration with Raytheon Technologies, six fully operational phased array systems have been delivered with more on the way. FIRST RF appreciates this recognition and looks forward to continuing to do business with Raytheon Technologies.

Up-A-Creek Robotics World Championship Wins

April 23, 2022

On Saturday, April 23rd, two Up-A-Creek Robotics teams, FRC Team 1619 (photographed in gray) and FTC Team 11260 (photographed in blue), won the World Championship in their separate competitions at the FIRST World Championship in Houston. Up-A-Creek Robotics FRC Team 1619 is the first FRC team from Colorado to win a FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology; no relation to FIRST RF) World Championship. FTC Team 11260 is the second FTC team to win from Colorado. Up-A-Creek is also the first organization in the history of FIRST to win the World Championship in both FRC and FTC. Competing among over 450 FRC teams and 160 FTC teams from 26 countries around the world, the 88 high school students who make up Team 1619 and Team 11260 earned their titles with hard work and innovative solutions. FIRST RF is extremely proud to be a sponsor of these Up-A-Creek Robotics teams and can’t wait to see what they do next!

Up-A-Creek Robotics Team 11260

March 5, 2022

FIRST RF is proud to be a sponsor for Up-A-Creek Robotics Team 11260, which is ranked among the top teams in the world (No. 2 as of today) for in-person competition in the 2021-2022 season of the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)! Alongside winning the Colorado State FIRST Tech Challenge Championship, the team was presented with the Inspire Award, which is the top judged award in the FTC. They will now go on to compete at the FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas in April. FIRST RF is grateful to play a part in fostering the next generation of innovative leaders and looks forward to watching Team 11260 compete in the World Championship!

BAE Gold Supplier Award

February 24, 2022

FIRST RF is proud to have been recognized by BAE Systems' Partner2Win program as a 2021 Gold Supplier of the Year. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, FIRST RF maintained operational excellence and continued to meet 100% of our tight delivery schedules with 100% quality, supporting BAE's success during an exceptionally unpredictable year. FIRST RF appreciates the award and its reflection of our team's drive to deliver hardware that makes a meaningful difference in the field.

Photo features Mike Sharkey, FIRST RF President

Marshall Fire Statement

January 7, 2022

Last week, our community experienced an unimaginable tragedy when the Marshall Fire ignited outside of Boulder and spread into the neighboring cities of Louisville and Superior, resulting in the destruction of over 1,000 homes and other structures. Thousands of people have experienced direct or tangential impact from this fire, including many FIRST RF employees. Our hearts go out to the survivors of this catastrophic event and the entire Boulder community. If you would like to help, please consider visiting the Community Foundation Boulder County website at

FIRST RF Video Spotlight

December 14, 2021

FIRST RF is pleased to announce the completion of DO-160 qualification for our FRF-274 antenna. This accomplishment marks a huge step, both for FIRST RF and for our partner, Gogo, as they launch the world’s first and only 5G network for aviation. Take a look at Gogo’s video highlighting FIRST RF and the role we played in making in-flight 5G access a reality: