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Pressure-Tolerant Electronically-Steered Antennas (ESAs) for Satellite Communications on Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUV)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-23-C-0655
Agency Tracking Number: N231-042-0797
Amount: $140,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N231-042
Solicitation Number: 23.1
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-08-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-02-05
Small Business Information
6800 Cortona Drive
Goleta, CA 93117-3021
United States
DUNS: 054672662
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alexandre Sekfali-Marette
 (805) 968-6787
Business Contact
 Marcella Lindbery
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Research Institution

Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) deployed by US Navy Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) are capable of supporting multiple mission packages (MPs) and therefore need a reliable source of communication. Some mission packages include the Mine Countermeasure (MCM) MP, the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) MP, the Surface Warfare (SUW) MP, as well as general surveillance. To control the vehicles, the Navy is using the Multiple Vehicle Communications System (MVCS) which provides the ability to simultaneously communicate and coordinate multiple unmanned vehicles via a mesh network. However, the current network utilizes Line of Sight (LOS) S-band signals which suffer from relatively low bandwidths and are susceptible to jamming and spoofing attacks. Therefore, the Navy has an urgent need for innovative Satellite Communications (SATCOM) prototypes which provide resilient SATCOM access to Navy unmanned assets, specifically to send or receive large data sets. Many commercial of the shelf (COTS) SATCOM systems are available; however, none of these systems are suitable for use on UUV applications due to the large hydrostatic pressures experienced during submersion. In addition, most COTS SATCOM systems are band specific and are only designed to operate within one SATCOM band or constellation.

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