Participants in this sprint sought to answer the following design question:
“How might the Air Force best modernize the CSEL radio, communication education, and it's training process to ensure robust, secure, and vital connectivity among an isolated person (IP), C2 notes, and aircraft during launch, enroute, and recovery?”

RESQME Design Sprint


During this sprint, 46 participants from 16 military entities and 9 companies problem solved for 3 1/2 days. These 46 participants comprised 7 teams which developed and outlined unique communication solutions and strategies involving training guidelines and technologies in order to develop the most effective CSEL radio.

Proposed Solutions

The proposed solutions were grouped by team:


Team 1: The SSR and CSSC
The Secure Survival Radio (SSR), communicating with the COMSEC/SPINS Secure Cloud (CSSC), helps both the system Loader/Maintainer and the end user. This solution overcomes the barriers of inadequate training, bad data entry, and long load times by allowing the assigned maintainer to the responsible Area of Operation to open the COCOM Specific App on the SSR.

Team 2: BIGDPR
BIGDIPR is a single source access point for radio loading. It aims to reduce extended loading man hours via a “single click” loading action and overcome barriers of human error. Aspects of the BIGDIPR include batch loading process, reduced likelihood of loading errors and equipment failures, and assurance that the data profile has been uploaded successfully. 

Team 3: MAARS
Modular Auto-Activated Recovery System (MAARS) is designed be an intuitive locater that is configurable, hands-free, secure, timely, and an effective rescue communication device that helps rescue forces execute rapid recovery of IPs that overcomes the barriers of threat, injury, and delayed reporting by improving the utility to alert and report, to include automation.

Team 4: iRESQ
iRESQ is a personnel recovery device that helps isolated personnel overcome common barriers. It includes the following features:

  • Familiar interface – iRESQ uses a smartphone with specialized apps
  • Modularity – iRESQ includes a docking sled with external devices
  • Adaptability – iRESQ leverages COTS technology including apps and sensors which can be continuously upgraded
  • Long life – iRESQ has a built in battery re-charging option

Team 5: SPARK
Smart Personalized Automated Recovery Kit (SPARK) is a modular solution that helps the total force and coalition overcome the barriers presented through dynamic and challenging operational environments, user and security needs by allowing customization and rapid adaptation of new or needed capabilities.

Team 6: ARES
Advanced Radio Evasion System (ARES) is a device that helps isolated personnel overcome the barriers of navigation and communication in an environment where GPS is not available by using opportune sources and inertial measurements to determine location.

Team 7: NeRD
An IP recovery radio based on open architecture with modular hardware, layered software, and state-of-the-art but mature technology. The app, designed for user interface and auxiliary features, includes customizable physical characteristics for Multi-Mission operations and computer assisted support for training, maintaining and testing.