Rapidly Integrated Tactical Communications Payload
Navy SBIR 2018.1 - Topic N181-090
SPAWAR - Mr. Shadi Azoum - firstname.lastname@example.org
Opens: January 8, 2018 - Closes: February 7, 2018 (8:00 PM ET)
Electronics, Space Platforms
ACQUISITION PROGRAM: Mobile
User Objective System (MUOS)
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OBJECTIVE: Develop a tactical
communications payload for small commercial satellites that enables
communications with tactical users without the need for new radio terminals or
modifications on ships, aircraft, or other platforms.
DESCRIPTION: The loss of a
single communications link should not lead to disaster for our warfighters.
Diverse communications paths are required to ensure reliable communication in a
variety of austere scenarios. A number of “new space” satellite communications
(SATCOM) constellations are being designed and developed to provide ubiquitous
worldwide coverage to a variety of customers. The Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) recently approved U.S. operation of a new non-geosynchronous
orbit (NGSO) satellite constellation. The Navy and other Department of Defense
users could leverage these constellations for improved coverage and capacity in
a number of scenarios. A key roadblock is the high cost to integrate new radio
terminals on ships, aircraft, and other platforms. One solution to this problem
is to develop a tactical communications payload that can be hosted on a
commercial constellation(s) and translate the communications waveform and
protocol to ones already supported by existing tactical radios.
PHASE I: Develop a concept
and determine feasibility for the development of a tactical communications
payload for small commercial satellites. Create an initial conceptual design
for development of a prototype system in Phase II. Predict payload performance
using modeling and simulation or other tools. Consider spacecraft integration
issues. Estimate the mass, volume, and power requirements.
PHASE II: Build a prototype
tactical communications payload and test it in the space environment. Improve
the payload design based on feedback from Phase I and from Phase II testing.
Demonstrate communications operation of the prototype with an existing tactical
radio terminal. Demonstrate operation of the prototype in a simulated space
environment to include thermal vacuum and vibration testing (see Reference 2
for testing requirements). Evaluate measured performance characteristics
versus payload performance predictions from Phase I and make design adjustments
PHASE III DUAL USE
APPLICATIONS: Integrate the tactical communications payload with a CubeSat bus
and launch into LEO for testing. Demonstrate interoperability with existing
tactical communications systems.
1. “Naval Open Architecture.”
Defense Acquisition University – Acquisition Community Connection. https://acc.dau.mil/oa
2. CubeSat, Developer Resourceshttp://www.cubesat.org/s/cds_rev13_final2.pdf
3. “The Navy's Needs in Space
for Providing Future Capabilities.” National Research Council; Division on
Engineering and Physical Sciences; Naval Studies Board; Committee on the Navy's
Needs in Space for Providing Future Capabilities, 2005, National Academies
4. United States Navy,
Program Executive Office Space Systems (PEO Space Systems) – Programs Overview.
KEYWORDS: MUOS; CubeSat;
Nanosat; SmallSat; WCDMA; Satellite; Communications; Cellular; 3G