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Compact Passive Millimeter Wave Sensor for GPS-denied Navigation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-15-M-0291
Agency Tracking Number: F15A-T26-0082
Amount: $149,958.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF15-AT26
Solicitation Number: 2015.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-09-30
Small Business Information
5340 Airport Blvd.
Boulder, CO 80301
United States
DUNS: 125961123
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mike Sharkey
 Senior Mechancial Engineer
 (303) 449-5211
Business Contact
 Jeanne Hill- Jurik
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Research Institution
 University Research Foundation
 Dr. Norris Krone Jr.
6411 Ivy Lane Suite 106
Greenbelt, MD 20770
United States

 (301) 345-8664
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

ABSTRACT: FIRST RF has teamed with University Research Foundation (URF) and Radiometrics Corporation to develop a passive radiometer-based geolocation system for use with a wide variety of USAF platforms. The system will be comprised of a ruggedized, near-COTS radiometer system by Radiometrics Corporation, augmented with a robust 2-D scanning beamsteering antenna by FIRST RF Corporation and enhanced algorithms by URF which will allow the system to rapidly create a 3D mapping of terrain in the aircrafts vicinity.; BENEFIT: The proposed system will provide at least three important benefits to joint forces operating in conditions where GPS denial/deception is of potential risk: 1. Reduced or possibly zero dependency on the GPS system for geolocation services, allowing navigation in GPS degraded/denied/deceived environments. 2. Capability to provide geolocation services to non-equipped systems due to network-enabled sharing of geolocation data (e.g. as a GPS pseudolite). 3. Increased flight availability/range for equipped fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, even under extreme conditions, due to the ability to sense and avoid airborne icing hazards continuously during takeoff, flight, and landing.

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