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Low SWaP-C RemoteID Device for UAS

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC21C0223
Agency Tracking Number: 212682
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

The FAA has recently promulgated a rule for RemoteID for UASs, whereby the UAS is required to broadcast information about its ID, location, time stamp, and ground station location. This rule can be viewed as a part of the initiatives such as the AAM, UTM, and Agility Prime which are now underway at the FAA, NASA and USAF, where unmanned and manned traffic share the national airspace in a safe, reliable and efficient manner. Specifically, the RemoteID rule calls for the creation of FRIAs (FAA-Recognized Identification Areas), where manned traffic can be notified about the operation of UASs. In addition, groups involved in AAM have noted the need for being able to inform legacy users of the airspace (i.e., legacy manned aviation) of unmanned air traffic operating in their vicinity. KalScott has developed and tested a prototype of a such device that alerts pilots of unmanned operations in their vicinity, using legacy VHF airband voice comms (118-136Mhz).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. nbsp;Under this proposed SBIR, we will complete the development of the device to meet all the emerging RemoteID, UTM and AAM specifications, conduct FCC and FAA certifications via ground and flight tests, and ready the device for serial production. In Phase I, the final technical changes will be implemented and detailed tests will be conducted. In Phase II detailed ground and flight tests to support certification will be conducted, and a robust, verifiable and certifiable supply chain and manufacturing process will be created. For this project, KalScott has assembled a team that includes a reputed avionics design firm, and discussions are underway with a leader in the cellular communications industry for marketing the device.

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