Advanced Wireless Maintainer Communications in Electromagnetically Noisy Environments
Navy SBIR FY2013.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2013.1
Topic No.: N131-005
Topic Title: Advanced Wireless Maintainer Communications in Electromagnetically Noisy Environments
Proposal No.: N131-005-0069
Firm: Freedom Photonics LLC
90 Arnold Place
Suite D
Santa Barbara, California 93117
Contact: Daniel Renner
Phone: (805) 967-4900
Web Site:
Abstract: Freedom Photonics proposes to develop a novel wireless communications system based on free-space-optical (FSO) technology that can provide aircraft maintainers the communications reliability and bandwidth that they need. The goal of this SBIR program is to develop such an optical wireless communication system, which should have the following attributes: high-speed data rates, communication coverage area as far as 300 feet radius from the aircraft being maintained, highly reliable communication, low probability of intercept (LPI), low C-SWaP transceivers, so that they can integrate with existing maintainer radio communications equipment and ruggedized design for military operation.
Benefits: Freedom Photonics will research and develop in this program a free-space-optical (FSO) communication link that meets the specific requirements of maintainer wireless communications. Freedom Photonics will keep the characteristics of the FSO link as widely acceptable as possible, since these products will have wide applicability in Defense and Civilian markets. Other potential defense markets under consideration are:  Control of UXVs (UAVs, SUAVs, USVs, UGVs, etc.)  Low Probability of Intercept (LPI) / Low Probability of Detection (LPD) communications for Special Operation Forces (SOFs)  Temporary deployment of high capacity computer networks Potential civilian markets under consideration are:  Control of autonomous vehicles in mining, agriculture and construction  High capacity communications in an industrial or a university campus  Broadband access for low density rural communities  Mobile communications for disaster and emergency management  Law enforcement and Fire Dept communications  Homeland Security - communications for border control