Arrays at Commercial Timescales (ACT)
Proposers’ Day Workshop
March 18, 2013
The overarching goal of the ACT program is to dramatically shorten the timescales associated with electromagnetic array development, deployment and upgrade to more closely coincide with the cadence of electronics performance improvements dictated by Moore’s Law. ACT will emphasize flexibility over absolute performance, and, by doing so, fielded defense systems will be capable of more aptly responding to the rapidly evolving requirements. Specifically, this program will depart from traditional highly-specialized and time-consuming array design methodologies for each application space. ACT will focus on three enabling thrust areas: 1) realization of a common hardware module comprising a majority of an array’s functionality that can be broadly applied to many disparate array platforms, 2) development of a reconfigurable electromagnetic interface capable of supporting a wide variety of RF parameters such as different polarizations, frequencies, bandwidths, etc. and 3) demonstration of a scalable infrastructure in which arrays on physically disconnected platforms can be coherently combined into a larger effective aperture through the use of precise timing and localization data. Successful completion of this program will result in more widespread proliferation of array capabilities on a wide variety of air, ground and sea assets. Non-recurring engineering and development cost will be substantially reduced due to the scalability of the new design approach.
The Proposers’ Day will be held on Monday, March 18th at the DARPA Conference Center, 675 N. Randolph St. Arlington, VA 22203. The preliminary Proposers’ Day Agenda includes an ACT Vision presentation by Dr. Chappell, brief presentations by academic and industry teams on current and planned efforts, and a short presentation on DARPA contracting. Following lunch, an opportunity will be provided for brief individual meetings with Dr. Chappell and a breakout room will be available for organizations wishing to discuss potential collaborations. Both of these can be requested on a first-come, first serve basis by emailing DARPA-SNfirstname.lastname@example.org with the type of meeting being requested in the subject line.
DARPA Conference Center
675 N. Randolph St.
Arlington, VA 22203
We look forward to your participation.