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.: N181-007-0796
Firm: FIRST RF CORPORATION
6150 Lookout Road
Boulder, Colorado 80301
Contact: Timothy Meenach
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Web Site: http://firstrf.com
Abstract: The United States Navy must operate in a wide range of tactical scenarios where high-data networking is leveraged to share vital ISR data. These networks require increasingly wider bandwidths that must fit in an already congested spectrum space. The ability to transition existing CDL hardware to higher frequencies, where spectrum contention is not a problem, could be another strategic tool in the Navy?Ts communications strategy. It is FIRST RF?Ts goal to offer a low-cost RF based applique on existing CDL terminals to unlock bandwidth at additional frequency bands.
Benefits: To allow a LOS communication system to operate and select an alternative frequency band when required in the following conditions: ? Primary frequency band is being actively jammed by a threat. ? Propagation in the primary frequency band is degrading. In addition, the new system can augment existing CDL hardware to keep investment in new capability at a minimum.

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