CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT OF SURVIVABLE NETWORKING FOR THE DISTRIBUTED SPARSE ARRAY SPACECRAFT

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5737
Amount: $49,045.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Development Systems & Rsch Cor
9990 Lee Hwy - Ste 140, Fairfax, VA, 22030
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 DR B EUGENE SIMMONS
 (703) 359-6332
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Abstract
THIS PROPOSES PHASE I OF A TWO-PHASE ANALYSIS EFFORT, WHOSE OVERALL OBJECTIVE IS TO INVESTIGATE OPTIONS AND TECHNIQUES FOR SURVIVABLE ADAPTIVE NETWORK FOR A DISTRIBUTED ARRAY OF SPACECRAFT (DAS) SYSTEM, FOR FOLLOW-ON DEVELOPMENT. PHASE I WILL IDENTIFY PROMISING APPROACHES, CONDUCT LIMITED ASSESSMENTS, AND IDENTIFY ISSUES FOR MORE DETAILED INVESTIGATION IN PHASE II. A DAS SYSTEM CONSISTS OF SMALL, INEXPENSIVE SATELLITES ("MINI-SPACECRAFT") THAT WORK IN UNISON TO PROVIDE THE CAPABILITY OF A SURVIVABLE MISSION FUNCTION. POTENTIAL DAS SYSTEM MISSION APPLICATIONS INCLUDE COMMUNICATIONS AND SENSING. A SURVIVABLE ADAPTIVE NETWORK (SAN) IS ESSENTIAL FOR A DAS SYSTEM TO BE IMPLEMENTED, IN ORDER THAT DAS MINI-SPACECRAFT CAN WORK TOGETHER, WITH ANY ONE MINI-SPACECRAFT HAVING THE CAPABILITY TO BE A MASTER. IN ADDITION, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THEY MAINTAIN TIME SYNCHRONISM SUCH THAT HIGH DATA RATE TRAFFIC CAN BE ACCOMMODATED. LINK PERFORMANCE IN STRESSED ENVIRONMENTS, INTERCONNECTIVITY OF LINKS, AND MULTIMEDIA TRANSMISSION ARE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS OF A SAN.

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