Dual Mode Tag (DMT) Proof-of-Concept Device

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,995.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-11-M-1153
Agency Tracking Number:
F103-176-0114
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF103-176
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
Spectra Research, Inc.
2790 Indian Ripple Road, Russ Research Center, Dayton, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
603299207
Principal Investigator:
James III
Principal Engineer
(937) 320-5999
jriddell@spectra-research.com
Business Contact:
Jerry Capozzi
President / COO
(937) 320-5999
capozzij@spectra-research.com
Research Institution:
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Abstract
The purpose of the present effort is to develop a Dual Mode Tag (DMT) proof-of-concept system for reducing fratricide, contributing to battlefield situational awareness (SA) and finding downed pilots, by identifying friendly vehicles at tactically significant ranges. We propose an RF Tag, IR/E-O Tag and RF wakeup/trigger receiver providing responses to corresponding sensors on friendly aircraft. Respective radar, FLIR, laser range finder, etc. sensors will be identified on both weapons carrying and search and rescue aircraft. Missions for which the DMT will be investigated include Strike, CAS, ISR and CSAR. The design goal for the DMT is a device which can simultaneously respond to any RF or IR/E-O sensor and provide Combat ID to any or all of the respective sensors in an innovative, compact system. Maximum use will be made of Spectra Research"s proven RF Tag and RF receiver technology, combined with new concepts in the IR/E-O Tag arena, particularly IR Markers. IR/E-O aircraft sensors under consideration include not only stand alone FLIRS, etc, but also pods with integrated FLIR, laser range finder, designators, pointers and TV. A final DMT design will be submitted including estimates of military utility, performance, SWaP, and cost. BENEFIT: Spectra Research"s commercialization strategy will capitalize on the growing demand for miniaturized RF/EO-IR transmitters for tracking soldiers on the battlefield and civilian uses such as firefighters or law enforcement officials. Animals also require long term tracking, with identification, such as in National Parks, State Parks and for University-level research in animal behavior. Although the technology proposed in this effort would require expansion outside of DoD use, it could also be applied to supply chain management in warehouses and outside storage facilities. Homeland security requirements include identification of goods in transit into the country and in storage.

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