Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Precision Geolocation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,505.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9453-07-C-0035
Award Id:
81332
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-089-4021
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
700 Research Center Blvd., Fayetteville, AR, 72701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
044870363
Principal Investigator:
Terry Tidwell
Sr. Research Specialist I
(479) 251-8229
ttidwell@spacephotonics.com
Business Contact:
Charles Chalfant
CEO
(479) 575-5316
cchalfant@spacephotonics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
In order to realize the benefits of formation flying multi-spacecraft clusters, four key elements must be present: 1. Broadband inter-spacecraft communications to enable the transport of high resolution sensor data. 2. Precision inter-spacecraft timing synchronization to enable precise multi-sensor sampling throughout the cluster. 3. Precision inter-spacecraft relative range to enable the determination of precise spacecraft and sensor spacing within the cluster. 4. Precision inter-spacecraft relative position to enable the determination of precise cluster and sensor plane orientation. An inter-spacecraft laser communications network is the only integrated subsystem that can provide all four of these key elements. The proposed SBIR Phase II effort will leverage several existing SPI programs to extend the models and designs from the Phase I effort, and produce fully-functional prototype hardware at a minimum cost. Space Photonics will develop the algorithms, calibration processes, and VHDL code for the inter-spacecraft ranging, timing synchronization and inter-spacecraft position determination; and, will demonstrate these functions in our gimbal-less, free space optical, lasercom testbed. However, the algorithms, calibration processes, and VHDL code developed for this program can be applied to any gimbaled or gimbal-less lasercom crosslink system.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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