NASA SBIR 2021-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


   
Proposal Number:          21-1- A3.04-2238
          
          
   
Subtopic Title:
      Nontraditional Airspace Operations
          
          
   
Proposal Title:
      Emergent-to-Legacy Automated Voice Comms for Airspace Safety
          
          

Small Business Concern

   
Firm:
          
KALSCOTT Engineering, Inc.
          
   
Address:
          
P.O. Box 3426, Lawrence, KS 66046
          
   
Phone:
          
(785) 979-1113                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Principal Investigator:

   
Name:
          
Tom Sherwood
          
   
E-mail:
          
tom.sherwood@kalscott.com
          
   
Address:
          
PO Box 3426, KS 66046 - 0426
          
   
Phone:
          
(785) 979-1113                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Business Official:

   
Name:
          
Suman Saripalli
          
   
E-mail:
          
suman.saripalli@kalscott.com
          
   
Address:
          
PO Box 3426, KS 66046 - 0426
          
   
Phone:
          
(785) 979-1116                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Summary Details:

   
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :                                                                                                                                                          
Begin: 5
End: 7
          
          
     
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

UAV usage has proliferated in the US national airspace, and there is a requirement for UAVs to be able to alert proximal traffic about their presence and intent. We propose the development of a miniature VHF radio annunciator that broadcasts simple position, status and intent messages using standard air traffic terminology. These messages can be readily heard by local air traffic and controllers using current (legacy) VHF airband communication radios, thus enhancing the overall safety of the system. Also, a ground-based annunciator is proposed, which can be used to meet ground-node requirements of the FAA's RemoteID rules for FAA Recognized Identification Areas (FRIAs). In Phase I, we will develop and demonstrate these devices, further refining  proof-of-concept hardware built and tested in 2020. In Phase II, the design will be refined and prototyped, and comprehensive flight testing will be undertaken.

          
          
     
Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

NASA conducts tests of UAV technology which involve routine flights of UAVs. The proposed automated airband radio (AAR) can be used to enhance the safety of such operations.

          
          
     
Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

The automated airband radio can be used for all sizes of UAVs, emerging urban air mobility vehicles, and civil and military aircraft. It can be used to reduce overall pilot workload, and serve as a backup during emergencies where the pilot may be incapacitated.

          
          
     
Duration:     6
          
          

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