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Secure Communications Link Between Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-21-C-0182
Agency Tracking Number: N192-075-0160
Amount: $797,038.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N192-075
Solicitation Number: 19.2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-11-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-11-25
Small Business Information
CHELMSFORD, MA 01824-0440
United States
DUNS: 796010411
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Steven Neill
 (978) 856-4208
Business Contact
 Collette E Jolliffe
Phone: (978) 856-4158
Research Institution

Radio frequency (RF) communications are susceptible to detection, interception and jamming. New technologies able to maintain continuous secure communication links in contested RF environments including low probability of intercept/low probability of detection (LPI/LPD) are needed. FSO provides communications with no RF emissions. Acquiring, tracking, and maintaining a tight beam, broadband, secure communications link between multiple rapidly moving vehicles (manned and unmanned) require many technologies to work in harmony. There is a need for new technical approaches to enable emerging advancement in computing and data fusion to be effectively realized as applied to new RAS combat applications. Emerging RAS applications include cognitive operations with other autonomous systems for armed combat, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), casualty extraction and field communications. Each of these applications have different objectives but all require uninterrupted, high bandwidth, and secure communications. During all operations, the ability to transmit megabits of data per second is becoming a necessity. Triton Systems will further develop its FSO concept using geometric structures with transceivers to send and receive optical signals.  These structures will also contain signal processing equipment (hardware and software) to process signals for minimum bit error rate (BER).

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