Dynamic Airborne Mission Communication System (DYNAMICS)

Period of Performance: 07/07/2015 - 07/07/2017

$500K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Architecture Technology Corp.
9971 Valley View Road Array
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Abstract

ABSTRACT:Current Air Force unit- and force-level mission planning systems require that users manually enter flight paths. For the emerging class of dedicated airborne communications platforms this is sub-optimal. The mission of these platforms is to extend communications ranges, enabling enhanced (particularly IP-based) connectivity for other mission elements. This calls for a new type of planning system. Rather than end-users entering courses, courses can be planned automatically based on where the other mission elements are positioned. This information, along with relative priorities and specifics about radios allows for more effective planning of courses and placement in airspace of dedicated airborne relays. Such a system can even go beyond mission pre-planning and react to changing conditions in the battlespace (movement, intervening terrain, etc.) to dynamically reposition airborne relays over time for optimal operation. Architecture Technology Corporation (ATCorp) proposes DYNAMICS, an innovative framework providing mission-aware pre-planning and in-mission control of airborne relays. DYNAMICS is a software system operating stand-alone or integrated with existing mission planning systems. DYNAMICS provides: 1) ?Inverse? course planning based on positions and communication capabilities of mission elements; 2) Continuous re-planning during the mission; 3) Prioritization of mission communication/connectivity requirements; and 4) Fully automatic or human-assisted operating modes. BENEFIT:The system will provide enhanced mission-aware operation of IP and legacy communication systems. Optimization of in-mission communications based on position of airborne communication relays. Commercial application is as a module for integration into existing DoD mission planning systems, such as JMPS, or as a system for stand-alone use. Non-DoD applications include planning and managing first-responder networks, cellular and municipal wireless networks, and special-purpose networks for large-scale events such as the Olympics or the Super Bowl.