Development of an Autonomous Damage Assessment Module (ADAM) for use as an Electronic Battle Damage Indicator
Navy SBIR FY2018.1


Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-075
Topic Title: Development of an Autonomous Damage Assessment Module (ADAM) for use as an Electronic Battle Damage Indicator
Proposal No.: N181-075-0104
Firm: Voss Scientific, LLC
418 Washington St. SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108
Contact: William Zimmerman
Phone: (505) 255-4201
Web Site: http://www.vosssci.com
Abstract: Future battlefields employing directed energy technologies will require an electronic Battle Damage Indicator (eBDI) tool that can measure the radiated Radio Frequency (RF) emissions from a target before and after a High Power RF (HPRF) attack and determine if target electronics have been significantly disrupted. We propose an innovative eBDI using a system so compact, lightweight and inexpensive that its deployment is exceptionally straightforward and its utilization can be on a one time, even disposable, basis. Termed ADAM, for É?~Autonomous Damage Assessment Module,' ADAM will measure and store RF emissions from a targeted facility, record critical parameters of an HPRF engagement source, measure target RF emissions after the HPRF engagement, determine if significant changes in the RF signature have occurred, and finally transmit all of these results to a command authority within seconds to minutes after engagement. ADAM is made possible by the rapid advances and reduced costs of Personal Computer (PC) controlled spectrum analyzers and Software Defined Radio (SDR) transceivers and will have a footprint on the order of a square foot or less. ADAMÉ?Ts small footprint and low cost will allow deployment of multiple units close to a target facility by overt or covert means.
Benefits: It is our goal for the low cost ADAM system developed here to be utilized in a series of ever more advanced tech demonstrations, beginning with HIJENKS field tests and progressing to use as an eBDI. A myriad of potential commercial uses exist to include (1) monitoring compliance with EMI requirements/specifications; (2) detecting the usage of HPRF weapons in an urban environment; (3) monitoring compliance with FCC spectral regulations; and (4) identifying the existence of surreptitious, covert listening devices in high value locations.

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