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Field Command Post Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) Mesh Network

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-19-P-0135
Agency Tracking Number: A183-147-0377
Amount: $99,973.08
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A18-147
Solicitation Number: 18.3
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-02-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-08
Small Business Information
PO Box 9334
Albuquerque, NM 87119
United States
DUNS: 176086952
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Sami Shakir
 Principal Investigator
 (505) 244-1222
Business Contact
 JJ Kelly
Phone: (505) 244-1222
Research Institution

The nature of complex combat operations must now include adversaries that have peer-level capabilities, such as the ability to locate friendly troops by their transmissions and jam their radios so they can’t call for help, setting them up for attack. However, critical to all combat scenarios, regardless of adversary capability levels, is the need to command, control, communicate and exchange information with dispersed assets. Tactical communication systems must demonstrate the ability for rapid shutdown, relocation with maneuvering forces, and reconstitution with little action required by the operators in a stressful environment, while maintaining low probability of detection and low probability of interception. Clearly a new technology solution is required that eliminates the vulnerabilities and bandwidth limitations of RF-based tactical communication systems. Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) systems virtually eliminate the RF footprint-related vulnerabilities by using lasers as the information "carrier". Tau Technologies and OptiPulse, Inc, are teaming to develop a breakthrough new solution using OptiPulse's revolutionary Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) array technology. Our "Adaptive FSO Mesh Network" system provides a power-efficient, high bandwidth, high data rate tactical communication capability that is undetectable. Our concept can adapt to, and maintain data links in, battlefield environments having challenging atmospheric conditions.

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