Compact, Broadband Geolocation Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0426
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-012-0326
Amount: $79,887.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T012
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-08-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
5754 Pacific Center Blvd., Suite 203, San Diego, CA, -
DUNS: 184451388
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Dickey
 Sr. Research Scientist
 (858) 228-1704
Business Contact
 Tracey Bennett-Wrightson
Title: Director of Operations
Phone: (858) 412-1800
Research Institution
 San Diego State University
 Eugene Stein
 5250 Campanile Drive
SDSU Research Foundation
San Diego, CA, 92182-1931
 (619) 594-4424
 Nonprofit college or university
Existing technologies for geolocation of RF emitters have significant size and weight limitations, restricting their use on small UAV platforms. Quasar Federal Systems (QFS) has developed a method of geolocation using very small antennas; this method is based on measurement of the Poynting vector. The QFS antenna is isotropic, compact, and accurate in its direction finding performance. However, due to its small size, the QFS antenna is less sensitive than larger antenna arrays. This is particularly true for the antenna elements that measure the magnetic field components, which are in essence induction sensors. Dr. Antonio Palacios of San Diego State University has explored a novel configuration of sensor arrays and a new method of signal detection, known as Residence Time Detection (RTD), which together could lead to dramatic improvements in the sensitivity of induction sensors. This method has already been applied to other types of magnetic field sensors, including SQUIDs and fluxgates. In the case of fluxgates, prototype sensors have demonstrated sensitivity improvements of 2 orders of magnitude relative to conventional methods. In this proposal, QFS proposes to team with Dr. Palacios to investigate the application of the RTD method to induction sensors, and to quantify the associated geolocation performance.

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