Connectivity Technologies for Airborne Networks Using Smart Radio

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-06-C-0092
Agency Tracking Number: F051-108-1441
Amount: $749,917.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-108
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
17 Port Chester Drive, Nashua, NH, 03061
DUNS: 113774710
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 David Murotake
 (603) 321-6536
Business Contact
 David Murotake
Title: President
Phone: (603) 889-4568
Research Institution
DoD airborne networks require increased bandwidth to wirelessly connected users, and is deploying a family of software-defined radios (SDR) and networks called Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), based on Software Communications Architecture (SCA). JTRS waveforms can allow internetworking gateway layers that integrate multiple, incompatible radio devices and networks. JTRS waveforms such as Airborne Networking Waveform (ANW) often employ MANET techniques, and employ re-usable modular waveform components, such as routing algorithms, which can be replaced with improved versions developed under this SBIR. In Phase I we conducted requirements analysis, defined airborne networking testbed architectures and identified location-aware algorithms for minimum-energy routing and Service-Level Agreements (SLAs) for further development in Phase II. In Phase II we continue to develop high bandwidth, energy efficient Airborne Network communication links. We leverage our SCA compatible “Smart Radio” prototype developed under an SBIR AF03-098 Phase II, as well as complementary MANET research conducted under a NIST Phase I SBIR, embedding our new algorithms as components of our SCA waveform stack. We are teamed with General Dynamics C4 Systems and Virginia Tech to develop a flight testable functional prototype. Our High Assurance Wireless Computing System (HAWCS) architecture addresses issues raised in JTRS CP295 “Exposed Black Side”.

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