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Augmented Commercial Radio for Navigation (ACORN)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: 70RSAT19C00000015
Agency Tracking Number: FY18.1-H-SB018.1-004-0002-II
Amount: $999,997.87
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB018.1-004
Solicitation Number: FY18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-04-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-04-14
Small Business Information
3306 Windrift Drive
Greensboro, NC 27410-3950
United States
DUNS: 079991908
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Taylor
 (336) 202-8612
Business Contact
 David Taylor
Phone: (336) 202-8612
Research Institution

The Global Positioning System (GPS) and other global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are the critical providers of position, navigation, and time (PNT) information to an almost uncountable number of users and applications. Widespread dependence on GPS has led to awareness that GPS data availability is a single point of failure for many systems and applications. In addition, GPS signals are very weak, leading to threats of jamming (interference) and spoofing (transmission of false signals) from both hostile and accidental sources. These risks to GPS have significant economic and public health and safety impacts. Users need assured PNT, that systems and operations can be assured of both the availability and integrity of PNT data. Augmented Commercial Radio for Navigation (ACORN) is a general purpose, nationwide PNT capability, that operates by augmenting existing commercial broadcast transmissions to provide high-accuracy, high-availability, and high-integrity PNT data. The Phase I study indicates that ACORN should provide more accurate data than GPS L1 C/A code and support an unlimited number of simultaneous users operating indoors, outdoors, and airborne. The Phase II effort will implement and test prototype devices, validate performance expectations via test, and prepare for commercialization.

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