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Multiple Antennas Extending Phased Optical Communication

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0858
Agency Tracking Number: N192-082-0261
Amount: $139,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N192-082
Solicitation Number: 19.2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-09-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-27
Small Business Information
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
United States
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Wesley Burkhard Wesley Burkhard
 Optical Design Engineer
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Keith Baker
Phone: (424) 835-9475
Research Institution

To address the Navy’s need for a mobile phased array antenna for robotic autonomous systems (RAS), Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop Multiple Antennas Extending Phased Optical Communication (MAEPOC). It is based on a new design that utilizes POC-developed mature components and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. Specifically, the innovation in MAEPOC enables a group of RASs to relay communication to a far-field location through the use of radio frequency (RF) phased signals. As a result, MAEPOC offers a strong communication link to both near and far locations, intercommunication between RAS members, and formation of its array antenna, which directly address the acquisition program (Joint Strike Fighter) requirements. Thus, it safeguards forward missions and provides accurate navigation guidance in jammed environments. The signal strength provided by MAEPOC will maintain a steady RF communication link with areas that would otherwise be denied by jamming. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate MAEPOC’s feasibility through theoretical and actual design analysis for both software and hardware components. POC will develop a limited-scale technology readiness level (TRL)-3 prototype to demonstrate feasibility of high-risk components. In Phase II, POC plans to enhance MAEPOC to develop a TRL-5/-6 prototype for real-time proof-of-concept demonstrations and software-/hardware-in-the-loop (SIL/HIL) testing.

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