High Speed Digital Video on Legacy Aircraft Wiring

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-10-C-0063
Agency Tracking Number: F093-035-0342
Amount: $99,459.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-035
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
1 Chisholm Trail, Suite 3200, Round Rock, TX, 78681
DUNS: 090213369
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Darren Johnson
 Senior Systems Engineer
 (512) 238-9840
Business Contact
 Kelly Looney
Title: Director of New Business
Phone: (512) 238-9840
Email: kelly.looney@5dsystems.com
Research Institution
5-D has developed an approach to add a modern high speed network to legacy aircraft using only existing aircraft wiring. With this design implementation, aircraft power lines, as well as control and/or signal wiring will become dual purpose (original use along with high bandwidth data) resulting in a cost-effective upgrade applicable to thousands of aircraft worldwide. 5-D will adapt HomePlug® AV (Audio/Video) technology, the leading standard for broadband-over-power line (BOPL) networking worldwide, to the aircraft environment to enable high bandwidth network communication via existing aircraft wiring. HomePlug AV devices are designed to use standard home Alternating Current (AC) power wiring as a high speed data network. Our approach will modify these devices for the aircraft application and expand the capability to include aircraft power wiring, and aircraft signal wiring. Leveraging this reliable technology, we can realize the design goal of implementing a high speed (network) interface for aircraft systems over (legacy) installed wiring while significantly reducing development risk as well as benefiting from future improvements to the base commercial technology BENEFIT: This program will develop a product and service to upgrade any existing aircraft with a new high-speed network suitable for video transport and other high bandwidth applications. Any aircraft that might need a video system or a boost in on-board network performance would be a candidate for this product and service. JHMCS is just one of many systems that levy high bandwidth requirements that can be met in a low cost and low impact way with our proposed offering. Our initial commercialization plan consists of a description of the planned offering, identification and sizing of our potential markets, and rough projections of when and how much we plan to sell into those markets. This technology can gain a real foothold in the aviation marketplace as a relatively low-cost/low-impact, highly configurable, and reliable upgrade to existing aircraft. 5-D plans to make this offering an easy upgrade decision for a significant percentage of aircraft systems worldwide. In addition, the technology is applicable to many other types of platforms that we have not yet assessed as markets including: ground vehicles including automobiles and tanks, naval applications, and industrial communications.

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