High Efficiency SIGINT Collection

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$148,789.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-13-C-0097
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N122-121-0858
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N122-121
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
4850 Hahns Peak Drive, Suite 200, Loveland, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
956324362
Principal Investigator:
Benjamin Slocumb
Program Director
(970) 612-2312
ben.slocumb@numerica.us
Business Contact:
John Bradbury
Manger of Contracts/Couns
(970) 612-2308
john.bradbury@numerica.us
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
U.S. intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance (ISR) platforms employ SIGINT sensors for target platform detection, identification and location. Many receivers are narrowband and are scanned over the RF spectrum (e.g., 2-18 GHz) in search of RF emitters of interest. With the rapid proliferation of RF technology, the signal spectrum has become complex and congested placing a burden on the SIGINT receiver to keep up with its surveillance and data processing requirements. However, the receiver must maintain a high probability of intercept for critical emitters. The objective of this SBIR topic is to develop methods for efficient SIGINT receiver data collection and processing. This proposed program will develop a mathematical optimization algorithm that will generate a receiver frequency band scan schedule that maximizes the receiver's resource usage. The algorithm is envisioned to enable the mission planner to prioritize the scan schedule for specific emitter signal intercept. The solution will be applicable to fielded receiver systems such as the ALQ-217, and should not require any hardware modifications. A software prototype that implements the optimization algorithm will be developed, and simulation results will be prepared that demonstrate the advantages of an optimized scan schedule compare to a baseline schedule.

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