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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Precision Geolocation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
81332
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-089-4021
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Space Photonics, Inc.
700 Research Center Blvd. Fayetteville, AR -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Precision Geolocation
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9453-07-C-0035
Award Amount: $749,505.00
 

Abstract:

In order to realize the benefits of formation flying multi-spacecraft clusters, four key elements must be present: 1. Broadband inter-spacecraft communications to enable the transport of high resolution sensor data. 2. Precision inter-spacecraft timing synchronization to enable precise multi-sensor sampling throughout the cluster. 3. Precision inter-spacecraft relative range to enable the determination of precise spacecraft and sensor spacing within the cluster. 4. Precision inter-spacecraft relative position to enable the determination of precise cluster and sensor plane orientation. An inter-spacecraft laser communications network is the only integrated subsystem that can provide all four of these key elements. The proposed SBIR Phase II effort will leverage several existing SPI programs to extend the models and designs from the Phase I effort, and produce fully-functional prototype hardware at a minimum cost. Space Photonics will develop the algorithms, calibration processes, and VHDL code for the inter-spacecraft ranging, timing synchronization and inter-spacecraft position determination; and, will demonstrate these functions in our gimbal-less, free space optical, lasercom testbed. However, the algorithms, calibration processes, and VHDL code developed for this program can be applied to any gimbaled or gimbal-less lasercom crosslink system.

Principal Investigator:

Terry Tidwell
Sr. Research Specialist I
4792518229
ttidwell@spacephotonics.com

Business Contact:

Charles H. Chalfant
CEO
4795755316
cchalfant@spacephotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SPACE PHOTONICS, INC.
700 Research Center Blvd. Fayetteville, AR 72701

EIN/Tax ID: 710817649
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No