Nanosatellite to Standard Army Handheld Radio Communications System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-14-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5460
Amount: $562,414.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-067
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
WA, Bothell, WA, 98011-8808
DUNS: 877425330
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nestor Voronka
 VP&Chief Technologist
 (425) 486-0100
 voronka@tethers.com
Business Contact
 Robert Hoyt
Title: CEO&Chief Scientist
Phone: (425) 486-0100
Email: 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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