Nanosatellite to Standard Army Handheld Radio Communications System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$562,414.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9113M-14-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5460
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-067
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Tethers Unlimited, Inc.
WA, Bothell, WA, 98011-8808
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
877425330
Principal Investigator:
Nestor Voronka
VP&Chief Technologist
(425) 486-0100
voronka@tethers.com
Business Contact:
Robert Hoyt
CEO&Chief Scientist
(425) 486-0100
hoyt@tethers.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
TUI proposes to complete the development of two novel technologies that will enable pico-satellites in LEO to efficiently close the link with standard issue handheld radios on the ground. The first technology is a dual-band software-defined radio (SDR) that will provide UHF SATCOM to soldiers on the ground and a unified S-band link for backhaul and spacecraft command and control. SDR-based processing will support multiple modes of operations to provide robust and reliable links, multi-user access, cognitive radio operations, and other advanced operating capabilities. The second technology is a deployable multi-band antenna with a range-compensating radiation pattern designed to provide a uniform power density to the entire view of the Earth from a Nadir pointing LEO spacecraft. Together, these two component technologies will provide a high performance communications capability to the US Army"s dismounted soldiers.

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