Small UAV Accurate Geolocation and Discrimination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-09-C-0110
Agency Tracking Number: F083-053-0326
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-053
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
12587 Fair Lakes Circle #342, Fairfax, VA, 22033
DUNS: 807913616
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Bierly
 Engineering Manager
 (703) 272-1320
 wholley@kazakcomposites.com
Business Contact
 Scott Bierly
Title: President
Phone: (703) 272-1320
Email: jfanucci@kazakcomposites.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In this Phase I effort, Azure Summit will develop a modular and scalable systems concept for SUAV payloads to perform RF Geolocation of broad classes of radar and communications emitters from 100-18000 MHz, across payload SWAP ranges, number of sensors, and signal environments, maximizing hardware and software reuse.  We will select a set of geolocation algorithms and CONOPS which apply and scale across the range of SUAV sizes, signal types, and number of sensors.  We will also develop a system-level analysis and trade study relating SUAV payload SWAP constraints to emitter detection, characterization, discrimination, and geolocation performance metrics.  A set of hardware payload designs which address the full range of SUAV sizes and CONOPS, and share a common geolocation software architecture will be developed, along with a preliminary payload design for the smallest SUAV class (e.g., Raven B) geolocation payload, emphasizing communications emitter targets and single-platform organic operation, to be prototyped and tested in Phase II.  Finally, we will develop a Phase II prototype implementation and demonstration plan and a set of technical performance goals that will be met in the demonstration. BENEFIT: Azure will work with the Air Force to ensure that the technologies to be developed in this SBIR are targeting appropriate commercialization applications, such as snap-on standard payload pods which bring new mission possibilities to existing SUAV deployments.

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