Future Outlook

  • In response to the increased use of autonomous vehicles in Department of Defense applications, Lincoln Laboratory will develop theoretical limits and practical implementations of communication and networking protocols to support large swarms of autonomous vehicles in highly contested environments.
  • The Laboratory will investigate technologies and architectures that can unify communications, radar, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence.
  • Components and architectures will be developed for quantum communications, networking, and sensing.
  • The use of airborne satellite surrogates developed by the Laboratory will be demonstrated with existing military terminals; the surrogates may augment or replace existing capabilities.
  • The Laboratory will develop novel technologies for improving the capacity and overall performance of airborne tactical networks that will be used in current and next-generation fighter aircraft, unmanned vehicles, and weapon systems.
  • The Laboratory's implementation of the next-generation combat aircrew training network will integrate virtual and constructive targets and entities into the live aircrew training environment.
Lincoln Laboratory will fabricate an engineering model of a modular laser communications terminal suitable for low Earth orbit and scalable to deep-space applications. A flight prototype will be built for NASA and flown on a low-Earth-orbiting spacecraft as a user terminal for NASA's upcoming Laser Communications Relay Demonstration.


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