Space-based RF Emitter Detection and Localization Using Field Programmable Gate Arrays

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-14-M-0158
Agency Tracking Number: F141-124-0114
Amount: $149,987.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2014
Solicitation Topic Code: AF141-124
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Small Business Information
Rincon Research Corporation
101 North Wilmot Road, Suite 101, Tucson, AZ, 85711-
DUNS: 112803689
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sidney Henderson
 Sr. Engineer/Scientist 1
 (520) 519-4416
 sbh@rincon.com
Business Contact
 Lonnie Taylor
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (520) 519-4498
Email: lbt@rincon.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Satellite communications are increasingly vulnerable to radio frequency (RF) jamming due to availability of satellite operations information and reduced RF equipment cost. The Air Force seeks a trade study into how a constellation of 5-kg, 10x10x30-cm CubeSats can be used to detect and geolocate RF transmitters operating in the satellite X/Ku/K/Ka/Q frequency communication bands. RRC, together with our teammate USU/SDL, will 1) explore conceptual mission designs and deployment operations of constellations of CubeSats for detecting and geolocating satellite communication interferers through trade studies across mission requirements, collector orbits, and potential CubeSat capabilities; 2) develop conceptual designs of smart wideband antennas suitable for the most likely deployment operations; 3) parallelize an algorithm for 3D terrain-aided geolocation on the Virtex-6 FPGA; and 4) demonstrate dynamic CubeSat sensor management in NASA GMAT. This study will give the Air Force a clear understanding of the costs and benefits associated with using a CubeSat constellation to geolocate interferers operating in the satellite communication bands.

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