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Tactical Antenna Switching and Positioning System (TASPS)

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Department of Defense
Special Operations Command
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Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Syntonics LLC
9160 Red Branch Road Columbia, MD 21045-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Tactical Antenna Switching and Positioning System (TASPS)
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Contract: USZA22-02-P-0060
Award Amount: $99,995.00


To meet SOCOM's desire for an inexpensive, lightweight, autonomous UHF satcom antenna system that will operate onboard a maneuvering ship, Syntonics proposes to combine four technologies in a single system: (1) Electronically steered, phased-array flatpanel antennas; (2) Integrated GPS, to facilitate signal auto-acquisition; (3) Beam dithering, to enable signal auto-tracking; (4) Signal strength comparison, to enable antenna auto-switching. This combination of four technologies will give SOCOM auser-friendly, highly automated antenna system that maximizes "up time" and minimizes user intervention. Portable satellite communications systems have become ubiquitous and the market for user-friendly satellite antenna systems is growing. The TASPS technology will directly appeal to any DOD user of portable SATCOM radios with intermittent blockages, suchas arise onboard a maneuvering ship. Civilian agency users (e.g., Drug Enforcement Agency) who occasionally operate aboard ships also represent potential users of this technology.More significantly for commercialization, a one-antenna version of TASPS will appeal to mobile land-based users of SATCOM. Most land-based SATCOM antennas have no tracking ability, so a user must setup and remain stationary while communicating. TASPS'auto-acquisition and auto-tracking features will enable continuous communications while "on the move.

Principal Investigator:

Glen E. Cameron
VP, Engineering

Business Contact:

Bruce G. Montgomery
Small Business Information at Submission:

Syntonics Llc
9520 Bendix Road, North Columbia, MD 21045

EIN/Tax ID: 522189864
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No