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Man Portable Starlink System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: 6SVL4-21-P-0008
Agency Tracking Number: S212-001-0004
Amount: $149,891.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM212-001
Solicitation Number: 21.2
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-07-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-01-20
Small Business Information
2225 E. Bayshore Rd ste 200
Palo Alto, CA 94303-1111
United States
DUNS: 079133425
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Rob Reis
 (650) 322-3958
Business Contact
 Rob Reis
Phone: (650) 322-3958
Research Institution

In response to SOCOM212-001, Higher Ground proposes to develop a man-portable battery powered Starlink user terminal. Convenient handheld terminals connecting to a very large network of LEO satellites (such as Starlink) could provide the necessary ‘always-on’ reliability that one expects from using GEO satellites along with an additional advantage that we refer to as ‘The LEO Advantage’. The LEO Advantage comes from the near-earth proximity of LEO satellites as compared to GEO satellites. This signal level advantage could improve the data rate and/or substantially improve the Low Probability of Interception/Detection (LPI/LPD) of the soldier’s handheld. However, there are also some disadvantages of LEOs: (i.e., spectral priority, scale required for coverage, multiple gateways, antenna tracking requirement) which also must go into the decision of which constellation to use. We will suggest using our COTS SatPaq satellite handheld (which connects to GEO satellites on the same Ku band as Starlink satellites) to help study and possibly implement a multi-orbit handheld solution. A handheld-sized, multi-orbit product would provide the flexibility to select the appropriate orbit option [GEO, MEO or LEO] based on the needs and circumstances of the soldier in the field.

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