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Cognitive Airborne Communications with RF Interference Mitigation and Anti-jam Capabilities (RIMA)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-17-C-0251
Agency Tracking Number: F161-052-0787
Amount: $708,904.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF161-052
Solicitation Number: 2016.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-09-23
Small Business Information
5340 Airport Blvd.
Boulder, CO 80301
United States
DUNS: 125961123
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Sean McDevitt
 Senior RF Engineer
 (303) 449-5211
 smcdevitt@firstrf.com
Business Contact
 Jeanne Hill-Jurik
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Email: jhill-jurik@firstrf.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

The airborne tier of our militarys communications network plays a critical role in enabling real-time situational awareness, allowing warfighters to synchronize their operations both on and off the battlefield. As the number of users sharing broadband data grows, new technologies are required to mitigate radio frequency (RF) interference for airborne relays and network subscribers. A robust and unified solution must include subsystems that address detection and mitigation of interference at every tier of the protocol stack. As the final element in the RF transmit chain and the first element in the RF receive chain, the antenna plays a critical role in establishing the sensitivity of an RF transceiver. By incorporating hardware-level interference mitigation, the antenna is uniquely capable of protecting the transceiver against high-power interference while also preserving its ability to operate over its entire operational spectrum. For this reason, interference-mitigation techniques implemented in the physical (PHY) layer of the protocol stack are an especially important piece of a robust solution to minimize both cosite and off-platform sources of interference. During Phase II, FIRST RF will demonstrate the practical capabilities of hardware-based interference mitigation systems and explore adapting this approach to provide a universal RF interference-mitigation and anti-jam (RIMA) solution.

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