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Surface-to-Air Weather Interface

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-19-C-0061
Agency Tracking Number: A2-7518
Amount: $999,987.19
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-075
Solicitation Number: 12.1
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-10-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-01-21
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
 Albert Cardona
 Director, Systems Engineering
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Keith Baker
Phone: (424) 835-9475
Research Institution

To address the U.S. Army’s need for a system to transmit localized wind data to increase the accuracy of air delivery of supplies, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop the Surface-to-Air Weather Interface (SUWI) system. For compatibility with the Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS), the SUWI design integrates the standard JPADS radio with POC’s Micro Weather Sensor (MWS) to provide real-time wind data. This design will greatly enhance JPADS’ air-drop accuracy by providing previously unavailable wind-data at low altitudes when trajectory correction is crucial to ensure accurate resupply. Building on prior successful development, POC will, in this subsequent Phase II effort, investigate interfacing the MWS wind data with existing JPADS hardware and complete multiple prototype tests and demonstrations to prove functionality and refine the design. The SUWI system will leverage POC’s experience in wirelessly transmitting MWS data and will use the existing field-proven MWS design and JPADS-encrypted radio module to reduce development risk and cost, culminating in TRL 6 level prototypes delivered to the customer and the end-user of the Phase II effort. Based on testing and customer feedback from the Phase II prototypes, POC will develop a plan for future development and commercialization of SUWI technology in Phase

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