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Extremely Small, High Performance Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Payloads for Expendable Undersea Platforms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-16-P-4084
Agency Tracking Number: N161-039-0581
Amount: $79,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N161-039
Solicitation Number: 2016.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-07-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-01-25
Small Business Information
601 Hutton St
Raleigh, NC 27606
United States
DUNS: 148551653
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Aaron Walker
 (919) 341-8241
Business Contact
 Gary Edge
Phone: (919) 341-8241
Research Institution

Vadum will develop an architecture and design options for a reconfigurable, modular Electronic Warfare (EW) sensor buoy to augment the Electronic Support Measure (ESM) suite of US submarines. The buoy design will include specification of RF and digital hardware, signal processing algorithms for detecting, processing and locating radar and communication emitters, and a software framework that enables operators to configure the sensor buoy prior to launch. The configuration framework will enable operators to partition EW applications with composeable signal processing operations across offboard buoy and onboard processing resources. A software library of high-level EW applications will simplify sensor processing configuration. Vadum will include advanced algorithms for radar de-interleaving, radar characterization, and communications emitter geolocation in addition to standard radar and communication software elements through partnership with EW equipment vendors. The flexible hardware and software in the buoy solution will dramatically increase the EW surveillance capabilities of US submarines through increased RF sensors deployed from the 3-inch launcher as individual or distributed nodes.

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