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Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Underwater Secure Text Messaging and Diver Locater

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-M-0274
Agency Tracking Number: N10A-034-0638
Amount: $69,668.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N10A-T034
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-06-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-04-30
Small Business Information
3261 Imjin Road
Marina, CA 93933
United States
DUNS: 825320757
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Marco Flagg
 Chief Executive Officer
 (831) 236-7750
Business Contact
 Thomas Gray
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (831) 384-8000
Research Institution
 Scripps Institution of Oceanography
 Eric Terrill
9500 Gilman Drive Marine Physical Laboratory
La Jolla, CA 92093
United States

 (858) 822-3101
 Nonprofit College or University

Small combat dive teams require a situational awareness capability that combines robust, low probability of detection (LPD) communication with navigation/tracking functions. The project will result in a compact terminal for underwater acoustics based communication, navigation and tracking. The Diver Messaging and Navigation Terminal (DMNT) will be rugged and easy to use, warranting a description of ‘off-the-shelf’ in the sense that a diver can pick up the device and learn its basic operation in minimum time. Recognizing that high-performance technologies often fail when conditions turn adverse, DMNT will include multiple ‘step-back’ features that take over and assure high availability of essential capabilities. A S&T issue of the project is the choice of optimal waveforms and transmission schemes that have LPD. The phase-1 prototype will include a homing capability and use precision synchronized clocks for accurate ranging without any diver transmissions. With Desert Star’s field-proven frequency hopping spread spectrum technology (FHSS) establishing baseline performance, advanced LPD waveforms will be explored in the phase-1 option. Desert Star’s extensive capabilities and COTS/MOTS product line accelerate the project. In phase-1, we will build a prototype and conduct field testing of the proposed technologies, the results guiding the development of a production ready capability in phase-2.

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