Micro Airborne Relay Technology

Period of Performance: 09/30/2013 - 06/30/2014

$146K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Anyar, Inc.
213 Lewis Turner Blvd, Suite 104
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Principal Investigator

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Test validation of munition performance, particularly in the endgame environment, requires that enormous quantities of video and other sensor data be collected in proximity to the munition impact or detonation location, and transmitted in some manner back to the ground receiving station, for subsequent post processing and analysis. A key challenge associated with this scenario is to find a means to relay this large quantity of data from the collection site located over water back to the beyond-the-horizon ground receiving stations. The power and antenna limitations of currently available transmitters make a direct transmission at the envisioned ranges impractical. Alternatively, one or more airborne relay platforms, combined into a system to meet the bandwidth requirements and other specifications, have the potential to provide the capability of relaying the test data under a beyond-the-horizon, water test range scenario. BENEFIT: Anyar anticipates three easily identifiable market needs in Disaster Relief Operations and DoD Operational support. A few of the candidate technologies identified are available in the civilian market. For instance, typically, these systems can be configured for compatibility with 4G LTE and/or WiMax technology. The relays can be utilized during natural disasters to temporarily increase or to temporarily replace damaged communication systems. In military applications, the miniature relay system will prove to be a valuable asset in the combat theater, as it would allow soldiers in the field to remain in communications with command at all levels, and allow them to relay back real time audio and video of operations in progress.