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Small UAV Accurate Geolocation and Discrimination

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Azure Summit Technology, Inc.
13135 Lee Jackson Highway, Suite 330 Fairfax, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Small UAV Accurate Geolocation and Discrimination
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8750-09-C-0110
Award Amount: $99,995.00


In this Phase I effort, Azure Summit will develop a modular and scalable systems concept for SUAV payloads to perform RF Geolocation of broad classes of radar and communications emitters from 100-18000 MHz, across payload SWAP ranges, number of sensors, and signal environments, maximizing hardware and software reuse. We will select a set of geolocation algorithms and CONOPS which apply and scale across the range of SUAV sizes, signal types, and number of sensors. We will also develop a system-level analysis and trade study relating SUAV payload SWAP constraints to emitter detection, characterization, discrimination, and geolocation performance metrics. A set of hardware payload designs which address the full range of SUAV sizes and CONOPS, and share a common geolocation software architecture will be developed, along with a preliminary payload design for the smallest SUAV class (e.g., Raven B) geolocation payload, emphasizing communications emitter targets and single-platform organic operation, to be prototyped and tested in Phase II. Finally, we will develop a Phase II prototype implementation and demonstration plan and a set of technical performance goals that will be met in the demonstration. BENEFIT: Azure will work with the Air Force to ensure that the technologies to be developed in this SBIR are targeting appropriate commercialization applications, such as snap-on standard payload pods which bring new mission possibilities to existing SUAV deployments.

Principal Investigator:

Scott Bierly
Engineering Manager

Business Contact:

Scott Bierly
Small Business Information at Submission:

12587 Fair Lakes Circle #342 Fairfax, VA 22033

EIN/Tax ID: 260528644
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No