Terahertz Station Keeping Equipment for Tunable Range Capabilities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-C-3204
Agency Tracking Number: F103-002-1645
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-002
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
Physics, Materials & Applied Math Resear
1665 E. 18th Street, Suite 112, Tucson, AZ, -
DUNS: 058268652
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Kremeyer
 Vice President of Researc
 (520) 903-2345
Business Contact
 Denise Blum
Title: Administrative Manager
Phone: (520) 903-2345
Email: dblum@physics-math.com
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Current station keeping equipment (SKE) relies on radio waves for formation flying. A significant limitation of conventional SKE signals is that they are detectable at long distances by adversaries. Passive detection schemes that employ infrared and thermal cameras, electro-optic and acoustic sensors are of interest for future SKE upgrades although they lack the capability to provide sufficiently accurate relative positioning over long ranges. To overcome these problems, we propose a terahertz (THz) relative positioning system to enable formation station keeping for large transport aircraft. In contrast with current generation SKE, our system will be essentially invisible to ground or air-based surveillance. This system will function in all weather conditions, including cloud cover and precipitation. Unlike GPS-based systems, our THz positioning system will be effectively impossible to spoof or jam. System accuracy will be more than sufficient to meet the stated requirement (500 feet longitudinal and 200 feet lateral). BENEFIT: Current military transports and station keeping equipment, covert navigation, aerial-to-aerial refueling, THz remote sensing, THz navigation systems and communications, formation flying of civilian and commercial airliners.

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