G-Hardened Radio Hardware Technology

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,612.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15P7T-07-C-H004
Award Id:
77328
Agency Tracking Number:
A062-128-0428
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MCQ, INC. (Currently McQ Inc.)
1551 Forbes St., Fredericksburg, VA, 22405
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
198180937
Principal Investigator:
Barry Jones
Technical Director
(540) 373-2374
bjones@mcqinc.com
Business Contact:
Keith Armstrong
Chief Operating Officer
(540) 373-2374
karmstrong@mcqinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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