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Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-P-0542
Agency Tracking Number: FX20A-TCSO1-0023
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF20A-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.A
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-03-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-04
Small Business Information
418 W Garden St Ste 209
Pensacola, FL 32502-4752
United States
DUNS: 080190025
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Fries
 (727) 480-5135
Business Contact
 Carolyn Fries
Phone: (727) 424-8790
Research Institution
 Purdue University
 David Stewart
610 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2050
United States

 (765) 496-3117
 Nonprofit College or University

The proposal is focused on developing a Conceptual Design of a Fieldable Quantum Communications Network, primarily focused on the coastal setting: air-land-sea. The project activity will also aggregate various quantum scientists and technologist to ideate the design along with direct input and guidance from Air Force operators and operations. Two additional products will be generated from this design activity: an expert network of quantum researchers and also a network of quantum informed operators. Both of these groups will be further joined together to help advance the field of Mobile Quantum Communications Networks. The anticipated results will also help in determining the future need and feasibility for integrated quantum systems designs and fabrication technologies, and subsequent production, along with an industrial base for integrated quantum machines and systems.  We focus on the problem of field-able quantum systems for communication networks to support the Air Force as a basic need for future operations. The Guided Particle-Universities team/network will, in this initial phase, complete a Conceptual Design of a Fieldable Quantum Communications Network while also completing a survey and conducting customer discovery.  The activity will yield also design ideations on distributed quantum networks vs existing silicon networks, especially focusing on quantum network communications versus WiFi network communications that resides at Eglin AFB. The team will also evaluate the feasibility of connecting system scaling design principles to enable integrated quantum machines and systems. These mobile quantum systems can allow defense applications for new quantum clocks, sensors,  communications, processors and networks, and these application spaces will be considered throughout the entire project lifecycle.    

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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