Low-power-cost-weight, rapidly-Installable, Medium-Range Interplane Communications Capability (LIMRICC)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,983.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8750-13-C-0218
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F131-041-0179
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF131-041
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
5340 Airport Blvd., Boulder, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
125961123
Principal Investigator:
Ian Rumsey
Senior RF Engineer
(303) 449-5211
irumsey@firstrf.com
Business Contact:
Jeanne Hill-Jurik
Contracts Manager
(303) 449-5211
jhill-jurik@firstrf.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
ABSTRACT: The current lack of a simple, low-cost, and high bandwidth communication system on C2ISR (Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) aircraft prevents the Air Force from realizing the full capability of its airborne reconnaissance and surveillance assets. The synergy between different sensor platforms will provide enhanced battlefield awareness as well as enhanced net-centric, collaborative targeting. Until now, the upgrade cost and complexity has prevented the Air Force from fielding a long-term, adequate solution. FIRST RF proposes an innovative multi-band antenna system that provides a rapid response to the Air Force"s needs by utilizing existing antenna mounting locations. Commercial applications of this technology have also been identified. Furthermore, FIRST RF"s solution will supplement, not remove the existing antenna functionality. The additional antenna bands provided can then enable a solution that is tailored to the current situation"s demands. The Phase I program will demonstrate FIRST RF"s unique ability to develop a custom tailored solution without sacrificing cost or schedule. BENEFIT: The multi-band antenna system proposed by FIRST RF will enable rapid communication between various C2ISR aircraft. The synergy between different sensor platforms will provide enhanced battlefield awareness as well as enhanced net-centric, collaborative targeting. By designing the system to use existing antenna"s mounting locations, these benefits can be realized with minimal cost to the war fighter. The Ku-band spectrum has dual use applications. Commercial applications of this technology have been identified by FIRST RF.

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