Advanced Robust Modulation (ARM)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-M-0278
Agency Tracking Number: N045-031-0055
Amount: $69,977.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T031
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
13017 Wisteria Drive, Suite 420, Germantown, MD, 20874
DUNS: 008171329
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Babst
 (301) 455-8104
Business Contact
 Michael Babst
Title: President
Phone: (301) 455-8104
Research Institution
 The Applied Research Laboratory
 Randy K Young
 P.O. Box 30, N. Atherton Street
State College, PA, 16804
 (814) 865-1493
 Nonprofit college or university
Naval communications environments, both undersea and through-the-air, are typically more demanding than most applications, offering many exciting challenges and creative opportunities for the communication system designer. Challenges in undersea acoustic, optical, and radio-frequency channels include dispersion, multipath, severe signal attenuation, noise, limited bandwidth, and many other detriments to robust, secure, long-range, high-data rate, networked communications. Shipboard satellite communications also has the added challenges of time-varying Doppler due to ship motion and antenna handover outages. Finally, Turbo codes now allow communications systems to operate at much lower signal to noise ratios, making synchronization more challenging. Fortunately, a creative and new application of wavelets to communications solves many of these difficult problems and will help to reliably and securely connect OSD's undersea assets to the Global Information Grid. Scale-Time Offset Robust Modulation (STORM) is a unique modulation technique that simultaneously possesses the features of robustness, security, high data rate, rapid synchronization and ad-hoc configuration for high bandwidth mobile platform communications. The performance of STORM excels in challenging communication environments. This technique has been described in several recent publications and shows much promise in both undersea and RF communications. It can be used as a stand-alone modulation technique, or as a plug-in to enhance existing maritime communication systems. In addition, the technology shows significant promise for applications in Joint-Tactical Radio System (JTRS), Transformational Communication Satellite (TCS) systems, and commercial SATCOM.

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