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Expand Data Transfer Rates within Legacy Aircraft (ERLA)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-15-C-0193
Agency Tracking Number: F141-035-0431
Amount: $749,948.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF141-035
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-08-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-08-26
Small Business Information
1 Chisholm Trail, Suite 3200
Round Rock, TX 78681
United States
DUNS: 090213369
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Bennie Ray Kirk, Jr.
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 238-9840
Business Contact
 John Kurkjian
Phone: (512) 238-9840
Research Institution

ABSTRACT:5-D Systems is developing a multi-channel, high bandwidth communication system for legacy platforms.Our compact, ruggedized Broadband On Aircraft-multi (BOAm) transceivers will interface Ethernet enabled systems directly to existing aircraft wiring.BOAm transceivers leverage state of the art commercial Power Line Communications (PLC) technology to reliably send and receive Ethernet data from additional BOAm units at other locations on the platform.The ultra-wideband, low power PLC signals are conducted over the existing wiring creating a reliable digital network.The BOAm unit can use up to four (4) PLC channels to maximize the bandwidth throughout the platform.Two (2) or more BOAm units can provide up to 750Mbps of throughput, without requiring the costly installation of new wiring, and without interfering with existing aircraft systems.Early prototypes have already been demonstrated in the lab, as well as on an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft using up to four (4) communication channels: 1553-A bus, 1553-B bus, AC power bus, and DC power bus.In Phase II, we will develop, qualify, and demonstrate through flight testing, fully ruggedized BOAm transceivers providing an easy-to-implement, high bandwidth network over only the existing wiring in a legacy platform.BENEFIT:The Intercommunication Data Rate (IDR) of legacy aircraft is a limiting factor for transferring data throughout the platform.Future planned capabilities, such as the Advanced Tactical Data Link (ATDL) and state-of-the-art digital targeting pods like the Northrop Grumman Gen-IV LITENING pod, require a significant increase in IDR.The high cost and extended depot times required to install network infrastructure will inhibit the acceptance of new, beneficial technologies by the respective program offices.This development program will provide an easy-to-install, high bandwidth networking system that uses the existing wiring in the platform.Broadband On Aircraft-multi (BOAm) transceivers are compact, lightweight, ruggedized Line Replaceable Units (LRU) that interface Ethernet-enabled equipment directly to the platform wiring such as the MIL-STD-1553 data bus, or the AC or DC power busses.Data rates approaching Gigabit speeds are possible.This system will directly benefit the program offices by enabling cost-effective modernization of legacy assets.Commercial applications include inexpensive capability upgrades to commercial aircraft like passenger entertainment and internet access, as well as safety improvements such as enabling wingtip cameras that can help prevent collisions during taxing at busy airportsall without adding new wiring and weight.Other possible applications include enhancements for large trucks or construction equipment such as backup cameras, proximity sensors, or load monitoring. BOAm transceivers will easily add network capabilities anywhere there is power available on a platform.

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