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Secure Cockpit-to-Ground Wireless Data Transfer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-P-6061
Agency Tracking Number: F183-013-0576
Amount: $149,913.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF183-013
Solicitation Number: 2018.3
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-05-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-05-02
Small Business Information
1820 E. Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, 89104
DUNS: 079167831
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sasan Ardalan
 (702) 690-6027
Business Contact
 Donald Elkins
Phone: (702) 750-7789
Research Institution
Current communication between a Fighter Pilots Helmet and the Cockpit is through a sophisticated cable. The requirements for the Helmet Heads Up Display and Video/Audio feed require Giga bps throughput. In this Phase I effort, a millimeter wave wireless system will be designed that supports end to end Gigabit Ethernet through a wireless link with the potential for 3.4 Gbps throughput. The proposed system will support beam forming and steering maintaining the high speed link with the Cockpit through Helmet movement. This is the first step in eliminating the cable between Cockpit and Helmet. The wireless link will be secured with both encryption of the data as well as authentication protocols. With beamforming,jamming can be mitigated as well as reducing power requirements through the use of high antenna gains.The wireless system can also communicate with ground crew and equipment.In the Phase I effort,a hardware prototype supporting an end to end Gigabit Ethernet through millimeter wave wireless link will be developed so that valuable insights and data can be obtained prior to full up system design for in excess of 3 Gbps throughput.

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