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Advanced Remote Military Yoke (ARMY) – Hub Advanced Payload System (HAPS)


The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals (FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with section 3.5 of the Announcement. Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws. OBJECTIVE: Develop a means for a small satellite yoke to co-host a small communications hub controller that enables new radio waveforms. Provide receive-store & forward, and direct transmit-receive frequency translation system to be co-hosted on multiple Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) platforms operating in the UHF and L frequency bands. Develop applications to support payload employment by strategic and tactical users. DESCRIPTION: Multiple tactical users have various waveform requirements. Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) is now operational. Advanced waveforms beyond MUOS waveform have been created since the initial fielding of MUOS in 2012. Additional MUOS payloads are now on the roadmap. The opportunity to expand MUOS constellation adaptability is now. Additional waveform capabilities risks can be greatly reduced by developing payloads in advance to interface with the follow-on MUOS GEO platform. Additionally required is the capacity to receive multiple 256Kb streams of up to 1 MB File Transfer Protocol (FTP) into temporary digital storage. Each shall have a programmable Time-To-Live (TTL) before crypto-keyed commanded release for transmit or deletion. Additionally, direct translation for low power density waveforms, allowing a full-on transmit & receive functionality in both UHF and L bands, will enable live communications in real-time and serve as an overflow for overloaded capacities and alternative payloads. PHASE I: Generate and deliver a hub design that enables thousands of Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) satellite communications (SATCOM) users the ability to transmit non-conflicting Right Hand Circular Polarization (RHCP) and receive non-conflicting MUOS RHCP at 225 MHz to 450 MHz and for L-Band SATCOM users the ability to transmit RHCP and receive RHCP at 950 MHz to 2100 MHz. The Hub design must include the configuration capability via S-band. The design must also incorporate the ability for multiple users, using 256Kbps streams, to store up to 1 MB encrypted files with programmatically specified TTL for scheduled release or deletion. The design must utilize the existing capabilities on an existing bus such as the MUOS and be scalable in capability. PHASE II: Demonstrate and deliver a communications hub prototype meeting the approved Phase I design that is certifiable for space deployment and meeting space flight requirements. PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Provide a scalable, payload standards-based interface communications hub that enables user’s rapid access to prototyping space-based communications payloads to support commercial industries and the DoD. REFERENCES: 1. GONZALES, “Corps’ Satellite Communications System Exceeding Performance Expectations,” 3 JUN 2020,; 2. SMITH/NASA RSDO, “LM400”, 2018,; 3. EVERSDEN, “Where the next iteration of the Army’s network capabilities is heading” May 7 , 2020,; 4. DID Daily Staff, “Soldier Battle JTRS: The HMS Radio Set + SANR,” May 21, 2020, KEYWORDS: Tactical Radio, Payload, Store & Forward, Controller, Hub, Access, Satellite, UHF, Telemetry, MUOS, Control, Direct Sequence Spread, GEO
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