G-Hardened Radio Hardware Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-07-C-H004
Agency Tracking Number: A062-128-0428
Amount: $118,647.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-128
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
1551 Forbes St., Fredericksburg, VA, 22405
DUNS: 198180937
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Barry Jones
 Technical Director
 (540) 373-2374
Business Contact
 Keith Armstrong
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (540) 373-2374
Email: karmstrong@mcqinc.com
Research Institution
The proposed SBIR will develop a shock hardened self forming ad hoc mesh network radio that will support remote sensors and that is capable of being fired from a 40mm grenade or mortar launcher or machine gun. The radio will be extremely low power and low cost to enable long operation times and high volume production at realistic budgets. McQ has defined a design approach for a Phase I program that will develop and refine the technical concepts based upon our existing hardware and firmware. McQ has over 12 years of experience with the design and development of shock hardened electronic sensors and radios for gun launched and unretarded air deployment operations. During Phase I we will use our existing mesh network radios as the experimental basis for a demonstration of the sensor network functionality in six months. These radios use commercially available components and have proven communications performance. They also already meet the size and weight constraints for the final design. Also during Phase I we will present the design approach for a SBIR Phase II effort that achieves energy consumption performance goals as well as the plan for the delivery of a moderate volume (100+) of sensor nodes suitable for a practical deployment. Using engineering and manufacturing techniques that are currently being used with our miniature disposable iScout(TM) sensor system, we will develop and manufacture a quantity of these G-hardened nodes and demonstrate them in the Phase II effort.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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