Satellite Ground Station Network for Real-Time Space Weather Data

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: WC-133R-17-CN-0055
Agency Tracking Number: 16-2-015
Amount: $399,818.02
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.4.3W
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2017-2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-05-19
Small Business Information
150 Fox Trail, Summerfield, NC, 27358-8280
DUNS: 079491738
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Claudia P.  Fajardo
 (336) 582-0603
 cfajardo@usmicrolabs.com
Business Contact
 Claudia  Fajardo
Phone: (336) 582-0603
Email: cfajardo@usmicrolabs.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The goal of this Phase II effort is to carry out a series of tasks with the purpose of developing a ground station network that can provide less than 15 minute latency in acquiring data from NOAA space weather assets. These tasks include:  Finalize a set of specifications for ground stations so they can be used to determine the suitability of existing ground stations for the different missions or recommend upgrades / new construction of other ground stations  Design a system to receive data from LEO satellites that can be easily deployed in remote locations, which could be offered to NOAA as a turn-key package  Conduct a feasibility study of commercial ground station options for additional sites  Update previously conducted ground station access time simulations  Study satellite-to-satellite links as an alternative to new ground stations, including intraconstellation, inter-constellation and geosynchronous links.  Explore concepts related to Software Defined Radio as potential solutions for enhancing capability and flexibly in NOAA’s current and potential future ground station architecture.  Provide a final report with a summary of the overall solution, alternatives and recommendations to NOAA’s original request of less than 15 minute latency in gathering space weather data.

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