Airborne JTIDS Net Controller

Period of Performance: 10/12/2001 - 09/17/2005

$2.57MM

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Prediction Systems, Inc.
309 Morris AvenueSuite G
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Current Link-16 (JTIDS) operations utilize a small portion of the theoretical capabilities of the network. Most importantly, they do not use the full multi-net facilities that support significant densities of concurrent radio traffic in a limited spatial area while maintaining a high AJ margin. Futhermore, a substantial effort is required for mission planning to design a network, and real-time changes are limited. Establishing and maintaining an operational network requires control assets that may not be on station, so it is desired to provide for an HAE UAV that supports ground control. Establishing and managing LInk-16 networks can be dramatically improved by providing tools that take advantage of more recent hardware and software technologies. Specific areas addressed in this proposal include network planning tools for mission support, dynamic allocation of multiple net resources in real time, and increased throughput via optimized resource allocation. Given PSI'S CAD technology, the complexity of similar problems solved by this technology, and experience with the multi-net management problem, this proposal provides an innovative approach to a fully automated network management support sytem for dynamic multi-net operations. The approach is innovative but evolutionary to assure minimal disturbance of existibg field operations. The design also supports a fully distributed "nodeless" approach.