Ocean Data Telemetry Microsat Link

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-C-0276
Agency Tracking Number: N02-062-07
Amount: $749,688.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: N02-062
Solicitation Number: 2002.1
Small Business Information
2200 Mill Road 5th Floor, Alexandria, VA, 22314
DUNS: 939944146
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 R. Jack Chapman
 President
 (703) 837-8400
 chapmanj@pxi.com
Business Contact
 Jane Schaub
Title: Vice President, Business
Phone: (703) 837-8400
Email: schaubj@pxi.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Current communications relay satellite systems do not meet validated needs for global ocean observing system data collections. A complete system architecture, including the network for providing access between the data providers and users, and the system for managing the data generated in both real-time and delayed-mode, has yet to be developed. Global ocean observing system data collections require a low-cost, robust solution using bi-directional delay-tolerant messaging capable of providing internet-like services. The work proposed for Phase II will further develop the technologies demonstrated in Phase I to enable a robust, cost-effective two-way (space-to-ground and ground-to-space) communication relay system with significant increases in collected data from autonomous platforms. Primary is a two-way delay-tolerant messaging capability providing internet-like services on a global basis. Enablers include increased signal-to-noise at the microsatellite via coding and a store-and-forward overlay network used in a manner similar to e-mail. The proposed microsatellite architecture will allow evolution and expansion for future sensors, and it decouples autonomous platforms from future space segment system upgrades. The system could be deployed as a mix of stand-alone microsatellites and secondary payloads aboard host space vehicles.

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