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Chaotic-Pulse-Frequency Coding and Communication System

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Department of Defense
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2012 / SBIR
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Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Chaotic-Pulse-Frequency Coding and Communication System
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA9453-12-C-0118
Award Amount: $749,790.00


ABSTRACT: Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes, in Phase II, to mature and implement the first-of-its-kind Chaotic-Pulse-Frequency Coding and Communication (CPCOM) system developed and proven feasible in Phase I. CPCOM addresses the Air Force need for algorithm development that will enable remote chaotic low-probability-of-intercept (LPI) communication in ad hoc networking of multiple spacecraft. In Phase I, POC demonstrated CPCOM"s feasibility through design, assembly, and testing of a TRL-3+ prototype. The overall system architecture, algorithms, and system prototype design for Phase II have been developed and evaluated. The Phase I proof-of-concept CubeSat-compatible (SWAP 9.4 x 9.6 x 1.5 cm^3) prototype conclusively demonstrated the capability of CPCOM to provide secure LPI communication (<10^-10) with extremely high data rate (up to several Gbps) intended for application in ad hoc networks of clusters of small satellites. In Phase II, POC will finalize development of a fully functional, CubeSat-compatible prototype system (TRL-5) capable of providing high data rate (up to 200 Mbps) and LPI communications in ad hoc networking of multiple spacecraft. Upon completion of Phase II, the prototype will be suitable for transition, in Phase III, to manufacturing of communications equipment capable of operating in space environments or in areas with electromagnetic interference. BENEFIT: Military applications of the CPCOM will include specialized communications (including troops and distributed sensor networks) in noisy environments, such as combat zones, where electromagnetic (EM) interference is a major limiting factor for communication or where secure covert communication is required. The CPCOM can be incorporated by border security and law enforcement agencies to improve communication equipment. Commercial applications of CPCOM include first-responder communication equipment, which will enable communication in environments with EM interference. The system provides extremely low probability of intercept communication with extremely high security and high Gbps data rate-unique features that are beyond the capabilities of current LPI communication systems.

Principal Investigator:

Alexander Milovanov
Senior Systems Engineer
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100 Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No