UAS Air Dropped Remotely Operated Sensors
ABSTRACT: McQ has over two decades of experience in the research, design, development, deployment, and support of advanced remote sensing systems. McQ has a DOD Phase II SBIR Commercialization Rating of 100; the highest possible rating. McQ will bring many technologies to the proposed research effort for this SBIR to develop an air dropped Remotely Operated Sensor Beacon, Navigation Aid, and Meteorological sensor. McQ is proposing a highly integrated, low power, low cost, common sensor module with Smart Transducer Plug Ins that provide flexible configuration of the sensor for specific missions. McQ will research and demonstrate the technical feasibility of this advanced sensor architecture that incorporates communication networking integrated with the UAS and UAS controller, Cognitive Sensor Management to provide deep Battlespace"information not data,"and a multisensor collaborative approach using a Feature Information Base architecture to provide dynamic target information. Research on precision air delivery and beacon navigation aids is coupled to the proposed sensor and communication architecture. McQ will develop advanced system and sensor concepts and demonstrate these in the Phase I effort. The research will lead to a Remotely Operated Sensor design that can that can be implemented in a Phase II prototype delivered to the Air Force. BENEFIT: As sensing systems and communications systems become more capable, many users are finding they don"t need more data but rather they need systems to provide information. McQ is proposing a solution for the Air Dropped Remotely Operated Sensor that uses fusion at each system level to provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance information. The benefits can be profound when integrated over a number of sensor systems. The emphasis on information and not data is not only more in line with the user needs but the proposed approach can lower power consumption, increase the system flexibility, enhance the UAS mission effectiveness, and provide mission support for more than requirement. This advanced approach to sensor deployment using air drop technology and incorporating multisensor collaborative operation with Cognitive Sensor Management will apply to many applications including the Air Force Mission. McQ is providing sensors to the Border Patrol (DHS) for the southern border, to DOJ for counter narcotics and terrorism missions, to DOE for protection of nuclear materials, to the U.S. Army for ISR missions, and to SOF for protecting FOBs. These are all immediate commercialization opportunities for McQ. The technology will also apply to law enforcement operations and it can be applied to crowd control, transportation problems when congestion develops, and disaster events to understand the extent of the impact.
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