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Silvus to Deliver RF Spectrum Scanning Technology to DARPA

By Mike Ball / 31 Jan 2021

Silvus Technologies FASSTSilvus Technologies has been awarded a contract to work on Phase Three of DARPA’s Scalable Wideband Autonomous RF Mapping MANET (SWARMM) program. The company has been tasked to deliver a matured radio frequency (RF) spectrum scanning technology based on its Filtering by Aliasing Spectrum Sensing Technology (FASST), a sensor the size of a smartphone that delivers extremely fast spectrum scanning speeds of 6 to 60 THz/sec.

Silvus’ FASST utilizes periodic spreading sequences to quickly and efficiently isolate different portions of the spectrum. This rapid capture of samples across a broad frequency range enables significant improvement in the probability of intercept of arbitrary RF activity using small sensor packages. DARPA’s SWARMM program utilizes this capability to enable wide area source detection.

DARPA plans to employ FASST with other technologies to form a robust system-of-systems concept that enables improved RF situational awareness. Silvus is scheduled to demonstrate the FASST system’s matured operation at a field test in the near future.

Dr. Mansour Rachid, Silvus Director of Systems Engineering, commented: “We have seen tremendous development and interest in FASST over the last couple of years. As we enter into Phase Three of SWARMM, we intend to deliver high-speed, low-cost sensors that offer an alternative approach to RF sensing and rapid detection and reporting.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact
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