UAV based Network-Centric Communications for Sensors
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AbstractArgon Engineering Associates and Advanced Radio Corporation (ARC) propose a Ku-Band data relay architecture that supports network-centric operations from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The architecture is comprised of multiple directional, asymmetric links that use efficient Ku-Band up/down converters and exciters, and flexible Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) operating at baseband to allow different digital modes of signal multiplexing and demultiplexing, with remodulation using any of a set of waveforms, including those that provide Anti-Jam protection. The proposed architecture is intended for Class II and related small UAVs, including the Navy's Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL). Thus, the SBIR focuses on reducing overall system size, weight, and power (SWAP), but maintaining multi-node quality of service from at least 3 Ku-Band remote sensor 10.7 Mbps data links and complementary 200 kbps command and control links. By significantly increasing RF up and down frequency conversion performance and providing the flexibility of digitally combining independent signals, Argon and ARC will provide a unique, multi-band UAV Ku-Band and UHF communications relay system that matches Navy ForceNet objectives.
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