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Leveraging Enabling, Commercial Technologies into Tactical SATCOM

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
5250 South Virginia Street, Suite 340 Reno, NV 89502
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Leveraging Enabling, Commercial Technologies into Tactical SATCOM
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F30602-02-C-0088
Award Amount: $95,925.00


"The powerful technologies of today and tomorrow emerge from the digital revolution - namely, computing ("DSP") and storage. Cell phones, satellite TV, and indoor wireless networking - are beneficiaries, and represent large commercial markets. A challengeremains, however, in sending high data rate signals to mobile, vehicular users with small antennas. This next generation "On-Star" system, combining in-car entertainment and "telematics", is set to take center stage in the automobile market.In the tactical mobile world, wide area terrestrial communication is usually not an option. Applying these same technologies in the SATCOM world, however, may have a significant impact in: (1) reducing the cost of the mobile terminal (2) providing improvedimmunity to detection, and (3) providing improved high data rates, especially on the downlink. Cost reduction, lower power transmitters, and lower profile "tracking" antennas may benefit from this transfer. This effort will explore the use of commercial "spread spectrum" technology (especially modems) to achieve these objectives for both existing satellite platforms and new systems. The effects on other elements of the system (satellite, tracking antenna.)will also be evaluated. Based on the study results, the commercialization plan will be refined and a second implementation phase proposed. The potential benefits of a successful application of high volume, advanced commercial spread spectrum

Principal Investigator:

Joseph J. Tavormina

Business Contact:

Thomas E. Sharon
Chief Executive Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

Etherware, Llc
305 Briton Park Court Duluth, GA 30097

EIN/Tax ID: 582624475
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No