TAMPA, Florida – August 29, 2017 – Miles Space, Inc. received approval from SOFWERX, also of Tampa, to proceed with field tests of their radio frequency communication technology in support of an advanced drone detection system. The tests, scheduled for completion in early 2018, combine off-the-shelf hardware with Miles Space’s proprietary software and use passive radar to detect and locate drones.
This technology builds on communications arrays already developed by Miles Space to provide ground station capabilities for companies with constellations of satellites in earth orbit and deep space. Using their patent-pending aperture array system, ground station operators can simultaneously receive signals from multiple satellites using a single installation and without requiring moving parts.
Miles Space commercial sales of the communications ground system are expected in the fourth quarter of 2017 with an initial rollout planned through a distribution partner.
Under agreement with US Special Operations Command, the Doolittle Institute implemented SOFWERX as a public-facing intermediary to assist with collaboration, innovation, prototyping and exploration with industry, labs and academic partners. SOFWERX currently has two facilities, 1) a 10,000 square-foot facility designed for collaboration, innovation and modest rapid prototyping, 2) and a 4,000 square-foot garage designed for rapid prototyping with modest collaboration and innovation capabilities. Both are located in Tampa.
About Miles Space, Inc.
Miles Space was founded as a four-time award winning NASA Centennial Challenge team pursuing the CubeQuest Challenge. As part of their effort to develop a 6U cubesat satellite capable of navigation and communication in deep space, they developed a number of core technologies including plasma ion thrusters, autonomous flight systems, and communications. Miles Space seeks to commercialize and bring these novel inventions to market.