You are here

Small UAV Accurate Geolocation and Discrimination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-11-C-0228
Agency Tracking Number: F083-053-0110
Amount: $749,959.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-053
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-04-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
6300 Gateway Dr.
Cypress, CA -
United States
DUNS: 614108918
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Marino
 Principal Investigator
 (203) 597-0688
Business Contact
 Parviz Parhami
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (714) 224-4410
Research Institution

ABSTRACT: Five small UAV payloads were designed that can detect and geolocate RF emitters. These systems provide coverage for VHF, UHF, GSM-900e, and GSM-1800. These systems are size, weight, and power compatible with Wasp, Raven, and Puma UAVs. Each system is a scalable and modular design, which allows for improved performance capabilities on larger UAVs, such as Shadow or Predator. For Phase II, we will fabricate three SAGE systems that cover VHF/UHF and develop a ground station that displays real-time geolocation results during flight testing. For risk reduction, geolocation testing will be conducted in 3 phases and we will demonstrate that system is capable of geolocating RF emitters in each phase of testing: mobile ground-based testing, flight testing as a captive-carry pod, and flight testing on a UAV. BENEFIT: The RF emitter locating technology to be developed in this program has both wide Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) applications. Military uses of this system include locating enemy communication radios, cell phones, data links, jammers, remote detonation transmitters, and radars. Specific applications include Blue Force tracking or Combat Search and Rescue. While this system initially would be carried on a UAV, the technology is platform independent and could be used on manned airplanes, helicopters, tanks, APCs, and as a hand-held unit for troops. For civilian applications, DHS has already recognized and tasked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address the risk of US airports being disrupted by RF emitters. A hand-held variant of this system could readily assist DHS enforcement teams in locating such terrorist devices and even in apprehending the perpetrators. Also, smaller low cost units could be used at each airport for monitoring FAA communication channels to ensure flight safety.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government