Robust Communications Relay with Distributed Airborne Reliable Wide-Area Interoperable Network (DARWIN) for Manned-Unmanned Teaming in a Spectrum Denied Environment
Navy SBIR FY2018.1


Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-007
Topic Title: Robust Communications Relay with Distributed Airborne Reliable Wide-Area Interoperable Network (DARWIN) for Manned-Unmanned Teaming in a Spectrum Denied Environment
Proposal No.: N181-007-0295
Firm: Fuse Integration, Inc.
1425 E Street
San Diego, California 92104
Contact: Chris Donnelly
Phone: (619) 255-0668
Web Site: http://www.fuseintegration.com
Abstract: Fuse will design and develop a networked Line-of-Site (LOS) communications capability to share high data rate Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) data and tactical information between ships and Department of Defense (DoD) aircraft in local area of operations (AO) for distributed operations; to provide communications relay for targeting updates to network-enabled weapons; and move high data rate ISR data band and forth to ground entry points (GEPs) in support of ISR and long-range strike missions. Fuse will design a network that will leverage CORE for advanced network management and couple that technology with advanced work being done with radios and apertures to create high data rate multi-beam systems. This system will integrate traditional IP networking, Tactical Data Link (TDL) networking and Common Data Link (CDL) technologies to provide a robust, and reliable cross-banding solution for the demands of todayƒ?Ts warfighter.
Benefits: Increased threats to legacy communications systems has created a need for a communication capability that provided beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) communications without the use of satellites. While there are systems that can provide BLOS communications, these systems are either limited by bandwidth, and the amount of data that can be passed over the system, or they are limited by the number of participants that can share data on the network. The requirement exists to provide a system that can connect multiple participants, up to 12, and high data rates, up to 500 Mbps. Fuse will use its CORE system to provide advance IP network management, TDL network management, and MB-CDL to meet this emerging need. This capability has application beyond military communications. In the event of a catastrophic space event, there will be a need to fill the void that many commercial companies will experience due to the loss of space-based communications systems. Whether it is in the form of long-duration balloons, or commercial persistent present UAVs, a robust and reliable communications architecture like the one proposed in this SBIR has application to the commercial sector.

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