Tactical Optical Data Relay

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAH01-03-C-R13
Agency Tracking Number: A022-1772
Amount: $69,962.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1100 Alakea Plaza, 23d Floor, Honolulu, HI, 96813
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Sender
 Senior Physicist
 (808) 441-3608
Business Contact
 Robert Lintell
Title: Vice President
Phone: (808) 441-3605
Email: bob@nova-sol.com
Research Institution
NOVASOL proposes a feasibility study for a Tactical Optical Data Relay (TODR). TODR will provide a data link enabling teleoperation of a Tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicle (TUGV) from a remote Operator Control Unit (OCU). TODR will support realtime videotransmission from the TUGV, together with a realtime control channel to the TUGV, via Free Space Optical (FSO) communications through an airborne relay. NOVASOL's innovative approach incorporates modulating retroreflector technology, yielding alight-weight and low-power UAV package. Precision pointing techniques maintain the data link in the presence of vehicle motion at all three nodes (TUGV, UAV, OCU). The proposed system has inherently low probability of interception/detection (LPI/LPD), andthe flexibility to meet a wide range of tactical needs. Free space optical communications holds great promise for solving bandwidth and covertness problems in military applications. But to adapt this technology for tactical deployment, inexpensive,light-weight, low-power links capable of operating between moving platforms separated by large distances are crucial. NovaSol's TODR innovation asnwers this need. Our technology can be expanded to fill a range of dynamic communications link needs, bothmilitary and civilian.

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