Statement in Support

0440-EX-ST-2019 Text Documents

Trinity Bend Solutions, Inc.

2019-03-13

                         TRINITY BEND SOLUTIONS, INC.
                           STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF
                            EXPERIMENTAL LICENSE
                  SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORITY APPLICATION


       Pursuant to Section 5.61 of the Rules and Regulations of the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC or Commission), Trinity Bend Solutions, Inc. (TBSI) seeks an Experimental
Special Temporary Authority (STA) License to test radio equipment on frequencies in the S-
Band (2025-2304, 2400-2480 MHz) and C-Band (4400-4940 MHz) frequency range to
demonstrate intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) system viability for air-to-
ground and ground-to-air data transmissions between mobile radios and Unmanned Aircraft
Systems (UAS).1
        TBSI, headquartered in Cedar Park, Texas, is a defense subcontractor working with the
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to test and demonstrate UAS ISR Radio equipment capabilities
for planned use by the United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Marine Corps
(USMC). ISR systems are principal elements of U.S. defense capabilities, and include a wide
variety of systems for acquiring and processing information needed by decisionmakers and
military commanders to promote national security.2
        An Experimental STA is requested to conduct limited air-to-ground and ground-to-air
data transmissions using Secure CDL ISR Radios (SCISR). The SCISR Radio equipment is
experimental and is still in development by L3 Communications, Cubic, Rockwell Collins, and
RT Logic. This STA seeks authority for testing at Fort Story, VA for a very brief duration: from
April 29, 2019 through May 14, 2019. Transmissions will be conducted to demonstrate viability
of the radios and antennas and will not be used to control the UAS.
        This STA is required so that TBSI and INL can create a program of record for the USAF
and USMC. The ultimate goal if testing proves successful is to deploy this equipment to support
active military and intelligence operations in the field as soon as possible. The SCISR Radio
equipment proposed for this testing is considered Type 1 Product under the National Information
Assurance Glossary. As such, it is a classified or controlled item endorsed by the National
Security Agency (NSA) for securing classified and sensitive U.S. Government information,
when appropriately keyed. Pursuant to Section 5.84 of the Commission’s Rules3, TBSI will
conduct operations on a non-interference basis. Accordingly, the following individuals will act
as a “stop buzzer” if any issues regarding interference arise during testing:
       Primary         Chris Joyce, 702-526-1322
       Secondary:      Matt Balderree, 208-599-4324


1
  47 C.F.R. 5.61(a)(1)-(3).
2
  RICHARD A. BEST, JR., CONG. RESEARCH SERV., RL 32508, INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE, AND
RECONNAISSANCE (ISR) PROGRAMS: ISSUES FOR CONGRESS (2005).
3
  47 C.F.R. 5.84.

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       Tertiary:      Jodie Boyce, 208-403-3291
                               Antenna and Location Information
        Both a directional and omnidirectional antenna will be used during testing. The
directional antenna will be a ground-based Troll A-600. A datasheet for the Troll A-600 is
available at https://trollsystems.com/images/Troll_DataSheetsPDF/a600data_2011.pdf. The
omnidirectional antenna will be mounted on the UAS and will transmit from at or below 5,000
feet above ground level.
      For the foregoing reasons, TBSI respectfully submits that approval of this application for
Experimental STA is in the public interest, convenience, and necessity.
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      Should the Commission require additional information, it is asked to contact Chris Joyce
702-526-1322, chris@trinitybendsolutions.com




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