NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Automated Collection and Transfer of Launch Range Surveillance/Intrusion Data
PROPOSAL TITLE:A WiMAX Networked UAV Telemetry System for Net-centric Remote Sensing and Range Surveillance

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Flight Landata Inc
One Parker Street
Lawrence, MA 01843-1548
(978) 682-7767

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Xiuhong   Sun
One Parker Street
Lawrence, MA  01843-1548
(978) 682-7767

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
A WiMAX networked UAV Telemetry System (WNUTS) is designed for net-centric remote sensing and launch range surveillance applications. WNUTS integrates a MIMO powered and WiMAX networked Tracking Antenna and Radio Link (TARL) system for UAV telemetry, a net-centric software package for application support, and a WiMAX groundstation network infrastructure for range extension and persistent mission automation. TARL links a remotely deployed UAV/airship sensor platform to a groundstation network with a 100+ Mbps bandwidth over a 30+ mile range using our innovative aerial/ground antenna technologies and carrier-grade WiMAX radio technologies. The WNUTS net-centric software supports real time remote sensing/telemetry applications. These include web-enabled graphic user interfaces for visualizing real time UAV missions in 3D flight through animation, performing real time GPS/IMU data processing for direct remote sensing data geo-reference, generating geo-referenced image QuickMosaics, and displaying selective inch-level high-resolution image contents. WNUTS web-based software tools enable web-collaborated data processing and information exploitation, extraction, and dissemination for remote sensing applications. The WiMAX groundstation network infrastructure flexibly extends UAV telemetry coverage for either long corridors (e.g. borders) or large block areas (e.g. launch range, cities) by appropriately configuring and deploying networked TARL groundstation cells (fixed or mobile). Using WiMAX and other COTS components, WNUTS is low cost, easy to maintain, and easily upgradeable.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
WNUTS is a low-cost, state-of-the-art broadband and long range UAV/Airship telemetry system that is compatible with Flight Landata's inch-level high-resolution spectral imaging and stereovision camera systems to provide real-time situational awareness remote sensing solutions over large areas.
WNUTS near term applications include supporting:
1) automated collection and transfer of spaceship launch range surveillance/intrusion data for range operations such as launches, hazardous processing, and recovery;
2) UAV remote sensing for calibration and validation of a multitude of hyperspectral and multispectral satellites;
3) NASA Earth Science Enterprise remote sensing application development.
WNUTS long term NASA applications include:
1) Mars UAV telemetry;
2) Lunar and other planetary surface robot telemetry and orbit access links.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
WNUTS provides a fully-integrated, cost-effective, WiMAX-networked UAV Telemetry solution that allows diverse UAV, airship, and aerostat remote sensing platforms to provide real-time high-resolution situational awareness. With its leading-edge throughput, range coverage and reliable connectivity for net-centric aerial high resolution spectral imaging remote sensing, WNUTS has many potential commercial applications. These include homeland security; news broadcasting; transport, safety and security monitoring; forestry and park services; precision agriculture; crop growth status monitoring; disaster response and management; land-use surveys; environmental monitoring and urban planning.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Airport Infrastructure and Safety
Architectures and Networks
Attitude Determination and Control
Autonomous Control and Monitoring
On-Board Computing and Data Management
Sensor Webs/Distributed Sensors
Software Tools for Distributed Analysis and Simulation
Telemetry, Tracking and Control

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