DOD SBIR 24.1 BAA

Active
No
Status
Closed
Release Date
November 29th, 2023
Open Date
January 3rd, 2024
Due Date(s)
February 21st, 2024
Close Date
February 21st, 2024
Topic No.
AF241-D010

Topic

Wireless Airborne Instrumentation Network (WAIN)

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024

Summary

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the topic "Wireless Airborne Instrumentation Network (WAIN)" as part of the SBIR 24.1 BAA. The objective is to develop a network-based data acquisition system that can wirelessly transmit airborne instrumentation data from one point to another. The system should be capable of transmitting two signals wirelessly around impediments of various sizes, shapes, and locations, with a bit error rate (BER) of less than 10^-6 and time correlation per IEEE 1588 Version 2. It should also comply with Air Force Cyber Security and Airworthiness standards, and output packets compliant with IRIG-106 Chapters 20-28. The government will provide drawings/sketches of a scale model test fixture. The project will have two phases. Phase I is not required for this topic, as it is intended for technology that is already proven and ready to move directly into Phase II. Offerors interested in participating in Phase II must include "Phase I-type" feasibility documentation that substantiates the scientific and technical merit and effort of the proposed work. Phase II involves developing and manufacturing an integrated wireless instrumentation system that can withstand airborne environments associated with high-performance military aircraft. The goal is to achieve a Technical Readiness Level (TRL) of 6 based on Air Force standards and be ready to function in an airborne operational environment. In Phase III, the technology can have both military and commercial applications. In the military application, wireless instrumentation implementations will reduce aircraft downtime for Type-2 Modification installations. In the commercial application, the solutions will be useful for commercial aircraft manufacturers for flight testing and operational use. The project has a funding opportunity for small businesses through the SBIR program. The solicitation is currently closed, and more information can be found on the DOD SBIR website.

Description

OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Integrated Sensing and Cyber; Advanced Computing and Software

 

OBJECTIVE: Develop a network-based data acquisition system to wirelessly transmit airborne instrumentation data from point A to point B.

 

DESCRIPTION: Existing instrumentation data system passes data over wires/cables that bend and stretch over lengths up to 50ft.  Any solutions must have the following: Capability to transmit 2 signals wirelessly around impediments of various size, shapes and locations with the following figures of merit; 1) BER less than 10^-6. 2) Time correlation per IEEE 1588 Version 2. 3) 1 Sensor/Signal 4) Bit Rate of 1 kHz. 5) Time tagged to an accuracy of 1usec. 6) Comply with Air Force Cyber Security standards. 7) Comply with Air Force Airworthiness standards. 8) Output packets compliant with IRIG-106 Chapters 20-28. The government will provide drawings/sketches of a scale model test fixture.

 

PHASE I: This topic is intended for technology proven ready to move directly into a Phase II. Therefore, a Phase I award is not required. Offerors interested in participating in D2P2 must include in their response to this topic "Phase I-type" feasibility documentation that substantiates the scientific and technical merit and "Phase I-type" effort such as developed a concept for a workable prototype or design to address, at a minimum, the basic requirements as described above. Documentation should include all relevant information including, but not limited to technical reports, test data, prototype designs/models, and performance goals/results for establishing the scientific and economic feasibility of the proposed work. Work submitted within the feasibility documentation must have been substantially performed by the Offeror and/or the principal investigator (PI).

 

PHASE II: Develop and manufacture an integrated wireless instrumentation system that can withstand airborne environments associated with high performance military aircraft.  Obtain a Technical Readiness Level (TRL) of 6 based on Air Force standards and ready to function in an airborne operational environment.

 

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: 1) Military Application- Wireless instrumentation implementations will reduce aircraft down time for Type-2 Modification installations.  2) Commercial Application- Solutions will be equally useful for commercial aircraft manufacturers to be utilize for flight testing and operational use.

 

REFERENCES:

Torres, O, et.al.; Enabling Wireless Avionics Intra-Communications; NASA Langley, December 2016 
Collins, D.; Wireless data Acquisition in Flight Test Networks; Curtiss-Wright, May 2016 
Yedavalli, R; Application of Wireless Sensor Networks to Aircraft Control and Health Management Systems; Ohio State University; October 2010;

 

KEYWORDS: airborne instrumentation data; signals wirelessly; Wireless data Acquisition in Flight Test Networks