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Flexible Expendable Telemetry Collection for Hypersonic Testing (FETCH)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-17-C-0024
Agency Tracking Number: D162-013-0018
Amount: $149,982.10
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB162-013
Solicitation Number: 2016.2
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-11-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-08-18
Small Business Information
122 Edison Drive
Middletown, OH 45044
United States
DUNS: 032326790
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Tim Wurth
 CTO & Vice President
 (513) 360-0800
Business Contact
 Jeff Wells
Phone: (513) 360-0800
Research Institution

Instrumenting a flight path over the open ocean, such as the more than 4,000 nautical miles from Vandenberg AFB to the Marshall Islands, requires the use of some temporarily placed assets covering the planned flight path. A number of potential technologies can be applied to this problem. Each comes with strengths and weaknesses in terms of development time, development cost, cost to deploy, cost to retrieve (if retrievable), cost to retrieve the telemetry data, reliability, and security. NuWaves proposes the Flexible Expendable Telemetry Collection for Hypersonic Testing (FETCH) project to develop an air-deployed buoy to receive, record, and retransmit the telemetry data from a test vehicle. The approach seeks to produce a buoy which is low enough in cost to allow it to be a single-use buoy which is scuttled once the flight test is completed and the telemetry data has been retrieved. To make a single-use buoy economically attractive and less expensive than other approaches, both the RF payload and buoy cost must be minimized.

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