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SWIFT-TacSATCOM :: Tactical UHF and K-Band SATCOM

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-16-C-0008
Agency Tracking Number: A2-6232
Amount: $1,471,823.40
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-067
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-05-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-05-25
Small Business Information
11711 N. Creek Pkwy S., Suite D113, Bothell, WA, 98011
DUNS: 877425330
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tyrel Newton
 (425) 486-0100
 newton@tethers.com
Business Contact
 Russell Dula
Phone: (425) 486-0100
Email: contracts@tethers.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To better meet the needs of soldiers, the Army seeks to provide over-the-horizon tactical satellite communications using a soldiers standard issue radio at UHF or mobile SATCOM terminals at K-band. Traditional relay satellites in geosynchronous orbits are unable to meet this need because they are too distant from the smaller terminals relatively weak transmitter and low gain antenna. A cluster of small relay satellites deployed in low-earth orbit could conceivably meet this need with the added benefit of responsiveness. Leveraging a decade of experience developing high performance RF communications solutions for small satellites, TUI proposes to augment its proven SWIFT software-defined radio platform with broadband K- and Ka-band transceiver modules. Coupled with TUIs existing gimbal technology for pointing high-gain apertures, a small satellite in LEO will be able to provide data services in excess of 100 Mbps to mobile terminals such as those deployed for the WIN-T program.

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