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Improved Fusion of Sensor Array Data for Tactical RF Emitter Geolocation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N11A-012-0510
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N11A-T012
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
Scientific Systems Company, Inc
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000 Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Improved Fusion of Sensor Array Data for Tactical RF Emitter Geolocation
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-13-C-0199
Award Amount: $300,006.00
 

Abstract:

The predominant method used in electronic support measure (ESM) systems to detect and geolocate noncooperative RF emitters employs arrays of antennas to estimate signal angle of arrival (AOA). There are several issues that preclude wide installation and use of these for emitter geolocation. One issue is accuracy. There are various error sources, including signal noise, multipath effects, and ambiguity when there are multiple transmitters. To combat these difficulties requires skilled operation, and that data be collected over long time periods and large geographic areas. Other issues with such systems are cost, payload size weight and power, and processing lag that precludes the timeliness needed in tactical operations. The main effort under this program is to reduce these burdens, with a system that can be installed more easily on a wide variety of platforms. Primarily, this is achieved through better ways of accounting for the specific errors arising in AOA estimation. The envisioned product is a self-complete geolocation system, including hardware and software, with low cost and SWAP to enable ubiquitous installation. It can automatically detect, geolocate, and inform users of the source of signals of interest, including GNSS interferers.

Principal Investigator:

Eric Wemhoff
Senior Research Engineer
(781) 933-5355
eric.wemhoff@ssci.com

Business Contact:

Jay Miselis
Corporate Controller
(781) 933-5355
contracts@ssci.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Scientific Systems Company, Inc
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000 Woburn, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 043053085
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Ohio State Univerity
ElectroScience Laboratory
1320 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212-
Contact: Inder J. Gupta, Ph.
Contact Phone: (614) 292-5951