Mobile Airborne Test Range Instrumentation and Communication System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9200-04-C-0322
Agency Tracking Number: F031-3452
Amount: $748,275.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-243
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
416 West Virginia Street, Mc Kinney, TX, 75069
DUNS: 840913672
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tam Pho
 (214) 642-4826
Business Contact
 Tam Pho
Phone: (214) 642-4826
Research Institution
Ground/shore based Test Range instrumentation systems tracking coverage are physically and geographically constrained by line-of-sight limitations while test items continue to increase in speed and range performance. A means to extend Test Range coverage is required to support increasingly demanding test scenarios. A medium altitude platform equipped with the appropriate range instrumentation electronics can effectively perform as a relay to significantly extend coverage. Existing and legacy systems capable supporting the relay mission are/were either not cost effective, few in numbers, or are simply not maintainable due to obsolete components. These factors have contributed to their demise. A new cost effective and accessible solution is required. Recent advances in UAV and experimental aircraft technologies have contributed to the performance and cost effectiveness of medium altitude endurance airborne platforms. COTS affordable UAV autopilots and high performance homebuilt airframes can be integrated with matured airborne instrumentation electronics to realize an affordable and high performance Test Range instrumentation system. A network of multiple platforms can further enhance coverage and provide redundancy. Aerocross Systems has completed a comprehensive technology survey finding highly favorable results. The availability of an affordable all-composite high performance airframe, proven powerplant capable of extended medium altitude operations, and compact high performance telemetry tracking technology significantly contributed the feasibility of this concept. Our initial systems design effort further reinforces feasibility. Proof-of-concept prototyping is next leading to a successful demonstration of a robust operational system ready for production. With production capability of a high performance yet affordable medium altitude endurance UAV system, Aerocross Systems can offer the system as surveillance, data relay, or test platforms to government agencies including DoD, Homeland Security, NASA, NOAA, EPA, etc. Civil organizations in the security, communications, commercial aerospace, media, search and rescue, energy, and agriculture industries can also take advantage of this low cost and flexible capability. The availability of key off the shelf technology should significantly reduce time to market as well as initial investment.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government