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Emergent-to-Legacy Automated Voice Comms for Airspace Safety

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC21C0224
Agency Tracking Number: 212238
Amount: $131,230.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A3
Solicitation Number: SBIR_21_P1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-05-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-11-19
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 3426
Lawrence, KS 66046-0426
United States
DUNS: 108339966
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Tom Sherwood
 (785) 979-1113
Business Contact
 Suman Saripalli
Phone: (785) 979-1116
Research Institution

UAV usage has proliferated in the US national airspace, and there is a requirement for UAVs to be able to alert proximal traffic about their presence and intent. We propose the development of a miniature VHF radio annunciator that broadcasts simple position, status and intent messages using standard air traffic terminology. These messages can be readily heard by local air traffic and controllers using current (legacy) VHF airband communication radios, thus enhancing the overall safety of the system. Also, a ground-based annunciator is proposed, which can be used to meet ground-node requirements of the FAA#39;s RemoteID rules for FAA Recognized Identification Areas (FRIAs).nbsp;In Phase I, we will develop and demonstrate these devices, further refiningnbsp;nbsp;proof-of-concept hardware built and tested in 2020. In Phase II, the design will be refined and prototyped, and comprehensive flight testing will be undertaken.

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