Expendable Local Area Sensors in a Tactically Interconnected Cluster (ELASTIC)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$99,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-05-C-0166
Award Id:
74369
Agency Tracking Number:
05ST1-0108
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Suite A, 75 Aero Camino, Goleta, CA, 93117
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
054672662
Principal Investigator:
RichardCagley
Senior Analyst
(805) 968-6787
rcagley@toyon.com
Business Contact:
MarcellaLindbery
Director of Contracts
(805) 968-6787
mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institute:
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
Helen L Tanabe
4800 Oak Grove Drive, Mail Stop 249-102
Pasadena, CA, 91109
(818) 354-2487
Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
Providing situational awareness to ground-based personnel in tactical scenarios is a challenging problem. This proposal provides a plan for developing a ballistically deployed wireless imaging sensor with networking capabilities. Our solution addresses all aspects of the problem from the imaging system itself to deployment strategies. For this effort, we will incorporate hardware and software as well as general experience obtained from a 3rd generation wireless camera system developed at The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Similarly, although our team will initially rely on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) transceiver hardware, our plan is to eventually integrate a custom ASIC being developed for the JPL Mars Technology Program. In particular, the custom transceiver has capabilities that are well suited to this effort including low power operation, small size, and asymmetric data rates on the uplink and downlink. For packaging, we will leverage Toyon's experience with antenna and receiver development for a guidance integrated fuse used on ballistically fired munitions. Our work will utilize Toyon's experience with custom antenna design and packaging. Both Toyon and JPL have significant experience with wireless communications and networking to ensure a successful design.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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