Global Asset Tracking and Recovery System (GATRS)

Period of Performance: 07/01/1998 - 01/01/2000

$943K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Viasat, Inc.
2290 Cosmos Court
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

The objective of this multi-phase SBIR effort is the design, development, test, and demonstration of a simple, cost effective system for global asset tracking and recovery. Such a system does not presently exist, but would be invaluable for both military and commercial applications. Commercially, global tracking is necessary for the same reasons as in the military - to streamline inventory and to expedite logistics. Military operations by their very nature are global and require deployment of equipment and aircraft to various regional contingencies located throughout the world. More specifically for this solicitation, it would provide the Air Force with world wide tracking of valuable assets such as aircraft, vehicles, weapons, nuclear assets, etc. Not only does the proposed system provide global coverage, it also allows the location of concealed assets, another capability not currently supported by existing or planned systems. In addition, because of ViaSat's unique combination of digital signal processing, modulation, coding, interleaving, and operation at C-band; antennas the size of a quarter can be used for communication! Finally, the system uses existing geosynchronous satellites, and, therefore, is not dependent on the technical and financial success of the planned Low Earth Orbit (LEO) systems.