Established in 1988, Electro-Mechanical Associates (EMA) specializes in research programs on spark and compression ignition engines providing innovative, development, and testing of prototype engine technologies. During normal operation, military vehicles and generators often do not operate at peak efficiency. During design analysis, the EMA retrofit kit under development reduced fuel consumption up to 15% at moderate loads with larger improvements at light loads and demonstrated potential increases in engine power over 5%. This patented technology builds upon variable value timing that is currently utilized in gasoline engines but has yet to be applied to diesel/compression ignition engines. Current development is focused on the Marine Corps Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) program. Expansion into other Program Offices that operate on diesel /JP-8 /JP-5 fuel including electric power generation is anticipated.
Poseidon Systems develops and manufactures real-time condition-based monitoring solutions that provide the user information that can lead to reduced O&M costs and improved asset reliability, availability and maintainability. Our core expertise is fluid diagnostics, particularly metallic wear debris monitoring and oil condition monitoring; we offer condition monitoring systems that assesses the condition of a lubricant through real-time, online measurements, specifically: oil quality monitors; metal wear sensors; and water contamination monitors. The USMC desires a system that provides real-time vehicle gross-weight and center-of-gravity measurements for medium and heavy tactical vehicles. Poseidon’s system uses low-cost motion sensing nodes in combination with physics based kinematic relationships to provide real-time information to the vehicle operator. This information can be utilized to optimize loading, prevent vehicle roll-overs, and provide early warning of impending unsafe operations.
Attacks on military vehicles can result in a pool fire that engulfs the vehicle while personnel are unconscious and trapped therein. BlazeTech is developing a breathable aqueous foam system that automatically floods the vehicle cabin protecting the occupants against fire reflash and heat for a period of five minutes. BlazeTech has also developed criteria for thermal injury from long exposure to wet heat. These technologies can be used to protect military vehicle occupants and to assess the effectiveness of any aqueous protection system. BlazeTech specializes in fire and explosion protection and survivability of high value systems. Currently a small scale prototype is under construction and is being tested. BlazeTech seeks partnerships with government test facilities to perform full scale vehicle fire testing and with prime contractors to license the manufacturing and sale of the technology.
No current standard human surrogate exists that focuses on non-lethal weapon (NLW) exposures; however CFD Research Corporation’s (CFDRC’s) modular human surrogate will solve that problem. The modular human surrogate is capable of measuring a wide variety of stimuli produced by NLWs to gauge performance, safety, and risk of significant injury (RSI) of NLWs. This system’s modular focus enables adaptability to current/future technologies with relatively small changes, low cost, and state-of-the-art sensors. The system has been prototyped and functionality verified for many NLW stimuli. CFDRC specializes in creating unique and valuable solutions to problems related to human body response and performance. Our goal is to transition this surrogate into government/prime contractors/developers of NLWs to become the testing standard used for demonstrating/evaluating human response and RSI due to NLWs.
Candent Technologies, a young, dynamic, lean engineering company focused on design, development, fabrication and testing of advanced propulsion and power systems using gas turbines and small heavy fuel reciprocating engines, is under SBIR contract to the Joint Non-Lethal Weapon Directorate (JNLWD) to develop a compact, lightweight, efficient, scalable 250kW turbine driven prime power source for the Active Denial Technology (ADT) Non-Lethal Weapon (NLW) directed energy systems. No technology invention is required, which minimizes program risk, while enabling achievement of the SWaP requirements: The system has 5% the volume, 14% the weight, and matching fuel consumption of an equivalent diesel system, and is also usable for High Energy Lasers (HEL), mobile electric power, micro grid power, naval vessel auxiliary power, and hybrid electric drive systems.
Internationally known, RadiaBeam Technologies specializes in designing and building custom particle accelerator and microwave components, particle beam diagnostics, and power electromagnetic (EM) instrumentation. Actively engaged in R&D, this dynamic enterprise focuses its efforts in two areas: developing novel accelerator components and diagnostic capabilities for the research market; and increasing the maturity of particle accelerators and EM technology for the commercial market, especially advanced radiation sources for medical imaging and homeland security requirements. Supporting the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program, current efforts include developing compact, highly efficient antennas for high-power EM weapon systems that can destroy enemy electronics, stop/disable vehicles, and disable enemy combatants, denying them access to facilities. These non-lethal weapons provide operating forces with escalation of force options that can minimize casualties and collateral damage.
The DoD has over 40,000 positions requiring foreign language skills, and is able to fill less than 30% of these positions with personnel having the required level of proficiency. Military members who receive language training tend to lose their skills over time. The Adaptive Refresher Trainer (ART) is a Web-based adaptive language-learning tool that automatically assesses each learner’s language skills, and generates a personalized refresher-training program to maintain skills and quickly regain proficiency. Alelo develops advanced learning products that help people learn to communicate when it counts. We use speech and artificial intelligence technology in simulated conversations with native speakers. Our goal is to transition this technology into Government language, regional expertise, and culture (LREC) programs to reduce training costs and protect investments in training.
The next generation reforming technology enhances the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) for 40% fuel savings over incumbent gen-sets. SOFC generators produced by Atrex Energy use fuels such as LPG, JP8 and ULSD to deliver quiet, highly efficient, maintenance free power. The product alleviates expeditionary mission risk since delivery of fuel “over the last tactical mile” is costly in personnel and financial terms. With increased generator efficiency, fuel will last longer at the front. Atrex Energy’s TRL5-6 prototypes have been showcased at Fort Bliss and Carderock. Follow on development programs are sought for test deployments and for hardening the technology to TRL 9. Atrex Energy has pioneered rugged SOFC production over 16 years and has a commercial line of propane and natural gas fuel cells.
Detailed ASV/USV Modeling and Simulation system (DAMS) accurately assesses Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) and Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) effectiveness and vulnerability in any mission of interest (e.g., submarine track-and-trail; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); deception) in a user friendly, intuitive, detailed, and realistic modeling and simulation (M&S) environment (and with straightforward enhancements will support any autonomous or unmanned vehicle). In particular, DAMS accurately evaluates the mission performance of potential ASV/USV sensor suites, and determines the most cost-effective sensor suite for a particular mission or set of missions. Daniel H. Wagner Associates has over 50 years of experience in developing and transitioning complex software components to prime contractors and Department of Defense customers, and is teamed with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Spatial Integrated Systems.
GIRD Systems, Inc. is developing a sophisticated, highly portable HF communications waveform that enables much higher throughput far beyond that of the current standardized wideband HF solutions. In Phase I GIRD performed extensive R&D, modeling, and simulations to verify the new waveform’s performance. Realistic over-the-air test scenarios are being conducted during Phase II. The validation prototype platform being developed under this SBIR program is a software defined radio targeting existing SDR military HF radio platforms as the transition radios. GIRD is seeking to partner with HF radios suppliers interested in advancing their technology and capabilities. The intended defense application is tactical HF radios used by the Marines. GIRD Systems is a small defense contractor that is innovative, competent, and agile in satisfying DoD’s signal processing and communications needs.
Boston Engineering is capable of delivering game-changing autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) and other novel, high value maritime domain access and data collection technologies. These sub-technologies include: submersible actuators, payloads, modular controller/power/payload/navigation systems, payload delivery systems, and controls software algorithms. We are a well-established engineering services organization that has delivered leading-edge products and solutions to customers for over 20 years. Our competitive advantage includes a patent, Trade Secrets, SBIR Data Rights, and a significant “head start” in hydrodynamics. These technologies have performed demonstrations over the last 4 years and feature in particular our highly maneuverable and stealthy AUVs and their broad-reaching applicability. We’re looking to execute an ONR TTA, direct implementation into larger operational scenarios, and set up for future procurement.
Novel, solid-state pulsers with fast rise-time and adjustable pulse width that can operate at high peak power levels are needed for the next generation of Directed Energy systems. The new technology will allow for smaller and more robust DE systems suitable for integration on mobile platforms which can effect or destroy enemy electronic systems. The technology is based on previously developed solid state pulser technology and has demonstrated the ability to produce microwave pulses at high peak power levels. Eagle Harbor Technologies (EHT), Inc. is an R&D company dedicated to producing innovative solutions to technological problems in pulse power applications and solid state pulsers. Our goal is to integrate and transition the technology into naval platforms as part of a full directed energy system.
Transparent Armor Solutions (TAS) product, Gemini™ provides a lighter and more durable product than conventional transparent armor laminates. Our product provides enhanced performance against ATPD 2352P  threats while remaining affordable to many transparent ballistic window users. Transparent Armor Solutions focus is to design, develop and create advanced armor technologies for both the warfighter and commercial user’s protection. The new Gemini™ armor system reduces weight and improves delamination resistance while improving the utility and application of the product. Existing transparent armor systems used are: Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP), M-ATV, HMMWV and the future JLTV. For JLTV, Gemini™ can be customized to be used in the A kit along, and/or with B kit add-on for potential reduction in cost and weight. As a result of these savings TAS has already received inquiries from OEMs to integrate Gemini™ into their current and future platforms.
Mo-Si-B is a high temperature refractory alloy developed with the intent to replace nickel superalloys in rotating and static jet engine components. The Navy and Air Force have invested in the development and refinement of this material. Imaging Systems Technology (IST) focuses on developing advanced materials through innovative process advancements having a diverse IP portfolio including material processing and fabrication techniques. IST has scaled the production of Mo-Si-B powder to be used as feed stock for the manufacture of powder metal parts while maintaining quality metrics. IST has produced Mo-Si-B components demonstrating oxidation resistance to 1300°C. Transition to commercialization includes relationships with manufacturers of engines or equipment requiring cost effective materials to withstand the rigors associated with demanding hot temperature applications.
API Engineering, a company with extensive undersea systems experience, will demonstrate an innovative power system that meets Navy energy density goals for future long duration Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs). Air-independent power sources are a major factor in UUV design and performance. Our revolutionary power system is built around API’s oxygen generator integrated with a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and a hydrogen fuel source. Oxygen is produced by thermal decomposition of a safe non-combustible, non-volatile, room temperature chlorate solution. The hydrogen fuel is derived from a sodium borohydride solution. The room temperature liquid reactants enable easy refueling of the UUV with minimum shipboard handling equipment. We seek a commercial partner interested in the UUV market and interested in purchasing or licensing our technology.
Currently, detecting "kissing bond" failures, especially where primary airframe structures are joined, is elusive and unreliable. Spectral Sciences, nationally known for its expertise in spectroscopy, hyper-temporal imaging, remote sensing and imaging, is developing new non-destructive testing techniques that visualize and measure small vibrations in composite materials. Spectral’s imager identifies defects in materials by mapping their vibration. These vibrations show where things are similar and where they are different (defects). These new techniques are important for composite airframes because tests developed for metal airframes cannot identify potential joint failures. The initial target for this technology is the Joint Strike Fighter program and ultimately integrating this nondestructive examination technology into Navy Fleet Readiness Centers.
Modern polymer lens designs offer dramatic size and weight reduction, increased focusing power, and improved aberration correction compared to conventional ceramic lenses. While commodity polymers possess forward scattering optical loss that limits the resolution of optical systems, Tetramer Technologies is developing polymers with improved optical performance to enable polymer lenses in amplified optical systems like night vision goggles. Tetramer specializes in developing applied materials that meet targeted customer properties through the design and synthesis of unique molecular architectures. Tetramer® optical polymers have been produced at a multi-kilogram scale and validated in conventional lens manufacturing processes. By partnering with optical manufacturers to refresh current devices, such as the AN/PVS-14 Monocular Night Vision Device (MNVD), and design the next generation devices, Tetramer will bring light-weight, high-performance night vision goggles to the warfighter.
American Superconductor (AMSC) designed, developed, manufactured, and field-tested a High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) degaussing (DG) (low voltage DC) cable system for surface fleet use. This technology will be leveraged to create a highly efficient, lightweight, and high capacity power cable to meet the Navy’s greater power demands, especially for advanced weapons systems (Directed Energy and Electro Magnetic Rail Guns) and sensors (High Power Radar and Laser Self-Defense Systems). HTS wire has the unique ability to transfer high power with zero electrical loss (near perfect efficiency). The power required for cooling this system is far less than the conventional electrical loss in conventional copper cables.
There is a critical need to improve Navy rotorcraft shipboard recoveries in degraded visual environments and high sea state conditions. Systems Technology, Inc. (STI) is developing the Adaptive Shipboard Guidance and Recovery Display (ASGaRD) that supports single pilot shipboard recoveries under zero-zero conditions with a set of intuitively integrated guidance and spatial cues that are optimized to enhance pilot-vehicle system performance and safety. With a 60 year history, STI is an industry leader in the design, analysis, and evaluation of manual and automatic flight control systems and related technologies. Building on this expertise, the effectiveness of ASGaRD has been demonstrated via piloted simulation. Team partner, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, is the prime contractor for the MH-60R and is providing support and guidance towards fleet integration.
Atomic clocks utilizing strontium are the most accurate ever to be demonstrated, offering performance orders of magnitude better than rubidium and cesium clocks. ColdQuanta is developing a portable test-bed for producing clouds of strontium that are laser-cooled to millionths of a degree above absolute zero. At its heart is a hand-held vacuum system in which these atoms are cooled, trapped, and utilized. In addition to timekeeping, this test-bed could be used for other cold-atom systems, including accelerometers, gyroscopes, gravimeters, and magnetometers. ColdQuanta designs and manufactures components, instruments, and systems that use cold atoms and related quantum technologies. We seek a partner who can help us ramp up manufacturing, enhance quality, and integrate our test-bed into DOD systems and platforms.
Modus Operandi, a company that delivers data discovery, integration, and Big Data analytic solutions for defense organizations is working to develop an activity-based intelligence system that helps spot unusual behavior by adversaries. Modus Operandi combines its expertise in semantic analysis with scalable graph analytic methodologies and information fusion to develop an innovative pattern-of-life (POL) analysis solution, called POLIS (Pattern-Of-Life Integrated System). POLIS analyzes large amounts of intelligence data represented as large graphs to find behavioral patterns that may indicate hostile intent. POLIS combines high-performance computational capabilities with complex graph-matching techniques. Coupled with semantic logic-based graph querying and manipulation, the platform describes POL patterns as inter-related items and provides a means to mathematically align, calculate, and identify statistically relevant observations.
Electric Drivetrain Technologies LLC. is in the business to develop state of the art technology with military applications and then leverage the technology for industrial/commercial use. The company and its principals have designed key components for high speed motor/generator systems successfully for over 20 years. The technology is a very high speed mechanical energy storage system which can rapidly absorb and release electrical energy. The system will address the Navy’s needs for shipboard power distribution systems with pulse power loads. We have multiple parallel paths for critical items to mitigate any risks in case any single component and/or development step pose challenges. We are looking for a partner that can incorporate our technology into products for the military and preferably also commercial products.
Charles River Analytics’ (CRA’s) Crowdsourcing using Intelligent Supervision to address Information Requirements in Crisis Situations (CRISIS) framework employs diversely skilled crowds to address sensing and analysis problems for Navy/ Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) intelligence analysts. CRISIS incorporates a unique provenance modeling approach to model crowd performance with limited ground truth information, learning trustworthiness for specific tasks. CRISIS is being used to manage skill-based task assignments for intelligence analysts using the Distributed Common Ground System-Navy (DCGS-N), but CRISIS also has broad applications for public data collection in crisis situations, where some contributors may practice deception. CRISIS demonstrated effectiveness using simulated crowds, illustrating its ability to accurately differentiate skill level and deception potential. CRA seeks partners to help bring this technology to military intelligence users and the intelligence community.
High Power Radio Frequency (HPRF) Dynamic Surface Engagement Modeling and Simulation Tool: This product establishes the requisite modeling and simulation framework to provide battlespace decision-makers capability to preview surface engagement scenarios for naval assets employing Directed Energy weapons in their battlespace environments. It enables user to understand the impact of HPRF weapons on their adversaries during realistic wargaming situations and can be adapted to Land, Air, Sea, Space, and Cyber environments. TechFlow Inc. specializes in the physical sciences of Directed Energy and Laser Technologies and integrates those technologies with its information technology (IT) and Cyber capabilities to provide end-users with robust user interfaces from timely, accurate information. TechFlow Inc. services both government and commercial markets with leading technologies and products to preserve our national and economic security.
Current helicopter gearbox housings are often made with magnesium (Mg)-based alloys for their high castability and low density. Replacing Mg alloys with aluminum (Al) alloys would improve corrosion resistance and galvanic degradation. However, current Al casting alloys lack the castability to produce complex housing geometries cost-effectively and as lightweight as competing Mg alloys. Furthermore, current high strength Al alloys cannot be processed via Additive Manufacturing (AM)—they crack during the AM process. A new high-strength Al alloy processed via AM can address both of these issues and enable longer service life in gearbox housings. QuesTek Innovations is using its Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) technology to develop high strength Al alloys suitable for AM. QuesTek has developed a hot-tear cracking index to predict which alloys will crack upon cooling and used this index to design three high-performance hot-tearing-resistant Al alloys. QuesTek is working with partners to evaluate component-level demonstrations of these alloys.
MATSYS has developed new, highly-reactive composites with high density and strength that enhance the performance of munitions by delivering kinetic energy as well as chemical energy to the target. MATSYS is a small business specializing in prototype manufacturing. This proprietary processing technology has been successfully tested at subscale by the Navy, shown to be the best performer by DTRA, and is now ready for field testing. Funds are sought to demonstrate/transition this technology to support Navy FNC as well as Air Force and Army programs. The company seeks ONR, Program Office and prime contractor support to transition these reactive materials for specific DoD applications.
There has been significant interest in vehicle mounted, solid-state High power microwave (HPM) sources with improved reliability, efficiency, and frequency tunability for disrupting, or destroying foe electronics at a distance while minimizing collateral damage. Here, we present a compact solid-state HPM source based on Metamagnetics’ innovative planar non-linear transmission Line (NLTL) for vehicle mounted solutions. With an added benefit of frequency tunability, the user also gains the ability to adapt to different threats and environments. Proof-of-feasibility demonstration of this source has been conducted. Metamagnetics Inc. is a leading provider of high end RF and power components, with specialty in advance magnetic materials research and design. Currently, transition focus is towards primes contractors for total system integration into government entities.
Accurate ship tracks is complex and difficult, especially in crowded shipping environments. AquaQuIPS (AQ) is a real-time, ship track data fusion processor that ingests sensor sources from numerous satellites, afloat, and ashore providers. AQ will be ported to a cloud environment to process millions of ship tracks worldwide in real-time! With exceptional performance in detecting, tracking, and classifying rogue surface ships in four Navy Trident Warrior exercises, AQ is currently being tested for integration into programs like the Data Common Ground Station Navy (DCGS-N) and Air Force MQ-9 Reaper. Additionally, AQ is installed at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific. Jove Sciences specializes in multi INT data fusion, signal processing, underwater acoustic noise and propagation modeling and analysis. We are seeking Primes and Navy sponsors for transition, and commercial shipping line customers.
Motivated by the need to reduce shipboard space, weight or portability, the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps require affordable, innovative technology solutions to increase electrical power/energy conversion efficiency and density reducing volume, weight, and cost. Global Technology Connection, Inc. (GTC) is developing a high power density, high efficiency universal power converter based upon matrix converter concepts. The proven design will be optimized for high efficiency (94-97%), high power density (500kW/m^3), frequency (50-100kHz) and 2-man portable weight with universal power conversion at a wide range of input and output voltages, DC and or AC. Very promising for Ground and Sea Vehicles, this technology can be embedded in numerous other products that can make them fault tolerant, reliable and safe. GTC is a leading provider of Prognostic and Diagnostic solutions and is partnering with Lockheed Martin for integration of this technology.
ONR Maritime Mining programs require low power sensors to automatically detect, classify and localize vessels of interest. The autonomous sensors and cortical processing algorithms being developed, tested and evaluated under this SBIR program are intended to support future next generation mining capability. Analysis, Design & Diagnostics, Inc. specializes in the development of low power autonomous sensors and post mission workstations running automated detection, classification and localization algorithms. AD&D’s and our SBIR teammate, In-depth Engineering Inc.‘s ultimate goal is to provide the Maritime Mining portfolio a viable solution while also integrating this technology into manned and unmanned platforms for a wide range of mission profiles.
PhaseSpace Inc., a leader in the Motion Capture/Motion Tracking industry, is bringing motion capture out of the laboratory and into the field, using combinations of state-of-the-art sensors placed on the body, and collecting motion data onto a data storage device. Up to eight hours of physical activity can be collected for later downloading into a skeletal frame animation software to show, for instance, differences in pace, lift, reaction time, etc. over the course of various field exercises. Being able to measure fatigue effects can help in planning unit tasks, and can also provide information on individual readiness. Tracking motion is the first step, but the same methods of data collection and storage can be used to add other physiological data (heart rate, body temperature, etc.).
HiReS (High-speed, Reconfigurable SIGINT) system offers a novel capability to detect, isolate, and classify hard-to-find signals over 500+MHz bandwidth without a priori knowledge such as center frequency, signal bandwidth, signal duration, and modulation features. HiReS is being developed under the initiative of OpenVPX-based Multi-Function RF systems where electronic attack, communication, and SIGINT functions can be instantiated using the common, interchangeable hardware platforms. Sustained competitive advantage is provided as HiReS allows warfighters to achieve and maintain a significantly higher level of RF situational awareness thanks to its “constant-stare”, low-power signal detection, and radar detection. HiReS has been verified for its functionality and innovation of the technology. EpiSys Science specializes in artificial intelligence, RF communication and signal processing technologies. The ultimate goal is to integrate and transition HiReS into government and prime contractor’s multi-function RF systems for significantly enhancing its SIGINT function.
Enomalies, LLC has developed an automatic scene analysis /reconstruction tool that is capable of utilizing legacy and advanced scanning technologies to interactively segment and detect similar objects to rapidly develop or update existing geospecific terrain databases – to include building interiors – to reflect changes or damage. The capability to depict interior layouts of buildings is particularly important as they are not typically available from DoD sources. This tool also eliminates the need for highly trained, dedicated teams to create advanced simulation and training models and allows instructors or trainees to build and import geospecific terrain data to tailor databases to reflect current conditions. Agnostic to scanning methods, the tool streamlines the process for developing databases for training or intelligence operations – saving time and money.
USN Divers do not have a certifiable Contaminated Water Diving System to support salvage and humanitarian relief operations in Category 1 (CAT1) contaminated water environments. Paragon has developed the Paragon Dive System (PDS), which is a chemically-compatible diving system for full CAT1 diving environment isolation, IAW the USN General Specification for the Design, Construction and Repair of Diving and Hyperbaric Equipment (NAVSEA TS500-AU-SPN-010) and USN Diving and Manned Hyperbaric Systems Safety Certification Manual (SS521-AA-MAN-010). The PDS incorporates a surface return panel, return umbilicals, modified Viking dry suits, and KM37 dive helmets modified with a Regulated Surface Exhaust (RSE) system; the PDS is designed to allow for three divers to operate in CAT1 contaminated water while remaining completely isolated from the surrounding environment. The Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) is currently testing the PDS to advance the TRL. Two surface control panels, five suits, six helmets, and umbilicals have been built.
LNRD, a compact multi-stage telescopic boom lift system with steerable wheel drives and outriggers for stability and weight distribution is ideally suited to shipboard material handling applications. Robotic Research is a small engineering firm committed to finding innovative, cost-effective solutions in unmanned systems development. Target platforms include both LCS variants. LNRD satisfies the Navy’s “Advanced Shipboard Mission Payload Handling System” requirements by providing the capability to rapidly reconfigure both variants of the LCS for a variety of missions. LRND provides more flexibility in lifting, transporting and maneuvering payloads than current material handling equipment systems, allowing payloads to be picked from and placed to locations not attainable by current systems. Additionally, the payload center-of-gravity can be adjusted to enhance stability while in transport.
The Automated Protocol Translator (APT) is a system/software integration support tool for warfare systems that addresses interoperability challenges by auto-generating software to translate communication protocols. APT supports the rapid integration of new protocols and interface definition updates. Its ability to auto-generate CORBA and AMQP protocol translation code has been verified. The initial targeted application is the AN/BYG-1 Submarine Combat Control System. Rite-Solutions™ designs, develops, and deploys mission-critical software and systems that convert complex data into an information advantage. Our goal is to provide APT as a product-based service to government and defense contractors in which we will generate and integrate protocol translation code to resolve system interoperability challenges in an affordable and time effective manner thereby facilitating rapid integration of new system capabilities.
The effectiveness of a high energy laser weapon in a given engagement can be enhanced via environmental situational awareness. This technology is a light detection and ranging sensor that measures atmospheric extinction as a function of range and direction around a vessel. The sensor is highly compact, ruggedized, and automated. Initial targeted platforms include high energy laser weapon system demonstrators. The system design has undergone extensive thermo-elastic modeling to ensure that alignment will be maintained in operation. The system is being prototyped and its functionality verified. Physical Sciences Inc. specializes in providing advanced electro-optic-based active and passive sensors for critical problems in remote sensing. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and prime contractor systems requiring environmental situational awareness.
Anchor Technology, Inc. is developing innovative software technology for automatically synthesizing, routing and analyzing shipboard distribution systems. These tools automatically generate detailed 3D models of ship distribution systems during concept design. Decisions made at the concept design stage have a profound impact on total life cycle cost of ships. Large numbers of alternatives need to be generated and evaluated permitting the discovery of optimal feasible solutions to be identified that meet cost, weight, survivability and other performance criteria. Shipboard distribution systems require special attention because integrated electrical power systems and high energy combat systems make intensive thermal management necessary. This new technology makes it possible to rapidly generate and evaluate large numbers of alternatives for the purpose of optimization that can translate to cost effectiveness during concept, preliminary, and detail ship design, as well as, over the total lifecycle of the ship.
NanoSonic, who specializes in advanced materials research, has developed an easily applied Volatile Organic Compound (VOC)-free HybridSil® corrosion resistant steel (CRES) pipe leak repairing resin that readily seals pipes, withstanding continuous pressures beyond 350 psi within aviation jet fuel (JP-5) piping systems, and prevents exterior crevice corrosion during ASTM B117 salt fog corrosion testing. For leaking CRES fuel pipes on Naval ships, this repair works in areas with limited working envelopes and cures within 20-minutes. In a controlled environment, NanoSonic has repaired actively leaking CRES pipe sections, demonstrating patch durability for 40+ hours at 350 psi within recirculating JP-5 closed loop assemblies while passing Navy fuel purity requirements after extended JP-5 exposure. NanoSonic seeks to become the sole source supplier of its ceramic copolymer pipe repair kits and is currently working to provide its kits through the GSA Schedule.
There is potential for foam overflows within Vacuum Collection Holding and Transfer (VCHT) tanks onboard naval ships, causing spills onto the weather decks that could result in serious environmental impacts. Our system leverages ultrasonic sensing methodology to non-invasively and non destructively sense foam in the VCHT tank. During mitigation, it couples with an existing water spray system to eliminate foam. The system is a compact unit consisting of an array of ultrasonic sensors to a data acquisition and power control unit. The system is modular nature; therefore, adaptable to other applications where autonomous foam sensing/elimination is required. Currently, a Phase II prototype is being developed. POC is a small systems integrator that specializes in commercializing technologies developed under SBIR projects. Our goal is to integrate this technology into Navy and commercial platforms requiring foam elimination solutions .
The Adaptive Disturbance Mitigation System (ADiMiS) is a dynamic control solution that stabilizes a moving platform against external motion disturbances. It can mitigate tow-point-induced motion disturbance on a towed body such as AQS-20 minehunting sonar. It can complement the existing towed-body controller to provide low cost of implementation onto AQS-20. Computer simulations of ADiMiS on actual AQS-20 towed data showed that ADiMiS effectively reduces pitch and yaw disturbances by an average of >18 dB in diverse towing conditions. These motion stability improvements can greatly enhance AQS-20 mine detection and classification performance. Physical Optics Corporation (POC) has a quality system currently certified to ISO 9001:2008/AS9100C, as well as ISO 9001:2008/AS9110B. POC will explore other platforms to which ADiMiS can be transitioned.
Hydraulic actuators rely on expensive scheduled maintenance to assure mission-critical performance. The Wireless Hydraulic Actuator Monitor (WHAM) will monitor the actual condition of the actuator and connected valves, allowing both condition-based maintenance and predictive health maintenance (CBM/PHM) of the actuators, saving time and manpower and providing assurance of operation. International Electronic Machines is experiencee in wired and wireless sensor development for transportation systems safety, maintenance, and security. Target platforms for WHAM are the Virginia-Class and Ohio Replacement submarines (PMS 450 and PMS 397). Phase I test and demonstrations have proven the feasibility and practicality of this project. IEM is seeking to integrate this technology with actuators and with onboard wireless systems to provide seamless installation of this monitoring capability.
ATA Engineering’s computational analysis methods enable prediction of post-damage kinematic operation of critical shipboard mechanisms – specifically, whether submarine hatches, scuttles, and watertight doors will still operate after experiencing shock damage. ATA is an employee-owned engineering services company providing solutions in the design, analysis, and testing of complex mechanical products. We developed the technology to aid design of future submarines (e.g., OHIO Replacement Class) and qualification of equipment for existing ships by reducing the reliance on costly underwater explosion (UNDEX) testing. ATA’s approach leverages a commercially available finite element analysis (FEA) tool, Abaqus, and utilizes machine learning techniques for efficiently evaluating a large number of possible damage permutations. Current efforts involve validation through correlation with laboratory experiments. ATA seeks opportunities to support our customers’ shock qualification efforts.
High moisture permeation rates through hosewall materials are a primary failure mode in fat line towed arrays. TRI/Austin Inc. demonstrated the feasibility of reducing water permeation in TPU hosewall designs in Phase I by incorporation of a TPU having a hydrophobic polymeric backbone. These results indicate water permeation can be reduced by a factor of five to ten. TRI/Austin is teaming with a major towed array supplier and the current hose manufacturer with the goal of rapid insertion of developed moisture resistant elastomers into existing/planned arrays. Materials from co-extrusion trials showed the physical and mechanical properties of the laminate hose are very similar to currently used polyether backbone TPU.
The Navy fields complex, software-intensive systems undergoing constant, expensive modifications and upgrades. Source Lines of Code (SLOC) has been in use for decades to estimate software cost. However, SLOC based cost estimates have been shown to be widely variable in estimating overall costs. More reliable methods of cost estimation are required to minimize cost overruns. SimVentions’ unique experience in maintaining and re-hosting tens of millions of lines of code has enabled us to develop our Automated Function Point Analysis (AFPA) product which fuses traditional estimation methods with functional analysis and the mining of source code and documentation with Big Data techniques. This provides a more scientific and data driven methodology for performing software scope and cost estimation to help ensure programs of record are executable.
The Interactive Instructor is an intelligent information repository software tool for shipboard technicians, which automates complex troubleshooting of maintenance and operations of naval electronics. The Interactive Instructor provides technical support, expert knowledge, and predictive analysis to maintainers. Cybernet Systems Corporation is an Ann Arbor based research and development company focused on creating and commercializing innovative, high quality, leading-edge solutions in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Robotics, Computer Vision Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, and Automation. The Interactive Instructor improves system up time, and reduces maintenance expense and time by eliminating the "trial and error" replacement of parts, many of which are good. Initial platforms targeted for technology transition include the AEGIS Combat System.
Automated active Sonar Interference Avoidance algorithms (ASIA) automatically produces a recommended Active Sonar Interference Avoidance Plan (ASIAP) that: (1) Improves passive and active search effectiveness (i.e., reduced time to detect and classify a submarine target of interest), (2) Significantly improves situational awareness and threat assessment, and (3) Reduces operator task load. ASIA also autonomously monitors the tactical situation in real-time, and, if necessary, alerts the operator and automatically generates a new recommended ASIAP. Daniel H. Wagner Associates has over 50 years of experience in developing and transitioning complex software components to prime contractors and Department of Defense customers, and developed many of the U.S. Navy’s Anti-Submarine Warfare systems, including the Operational Route Planner (ORP) and the MH-60R Acoustic Mission Planner.
Legacy Navy stove piped combat system architectures limit the warfighter’s ability to share information and data, and maintain multi-functional domain and cross platform situational awareness. The Advanced Collaborative Environment (ACE) network enables collaboration. ACE’s net-centric architecture facilitates collection/transmission of multi-domain video and audio to and from combat system workstations. ACE implements a hardware and software agnostic solution. ACE’s custom “software” decoding capabilities can be hosted from an enterprise-level server or a small form factor computer. The Undersea Warfare Decision Support System (USW-DSS) Build 3 integrated with ACE on the Theater ASW watch floor. ASSETT, Inc., a diversified, highly innovative engineering firm, specializes in cost effective software design, development, and integration. ASSETT provides advanced products and systems to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and a broad base of commercial clients.
Expert anti-submarine-warfare (ASW) operators employ mental models to understand environmental conditions and target properties and select acoustic-sensor settings to optimize probability of detection (Pd) in target-specific missions. The Environment for Surface ASW Interactive Learning (ESAIL) helps sonar operators develop and maintain mental models that enable analysis and employment providing the highest Pd. ESAIL employs video-game interfaces to establish mission-relevant training environments from which operators draw connections between physical scenarios and corresponding AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 ASW Combat System displays. Leveraging ARiA’s expertise in game-based learning and simulation-based training, ESAIL uses recorded tape data and real-time simulation to accelerate expertise acquisition. ESAIL implementation has been targeted for the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 and employs a platform-agnostic build environment suitable for all Navy sonar-system variants. ESAIL is easily tailored to work across platforms and sensor types.
RTI, the world's largest embedded middleware provider, is developing a software platform for recording and reconstructing operational data in Navy surface combatant ships. This unified, open, and modular recording product is capable of capturing quantitative and qualitative data in a distributed system along with tools for real-time data analysis, transformation, storage and reconstruction/replay. It incorporates the Data Distribution Service (DDS) messaging technology widely used on Navy networks. The product, initially planned for use on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), can be used to provide comprehensive data recording, replay, and analytics in a wide variety of industries. Extensive product testing and integration work in preparation for transition to operational systems is planned. RTI is now looking for DDS customers to evaluate and provide product feedback.
Adaptive Methods, teamed with Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory, is developing the Foresight Autonomy Suite which provides an Autonomy Framework responsible for interfacing to UUV systems and prototype components for Situation Awareness and near term Course of Action (COA) planning. Prior work has provided an architecture and operational foundation that allows us to build on lessons learned from the autonomy COI. Our objectives are to improve UUV robustness, behavior stability and autonomous adjudication, in order to facilitate system-human trust and shared authority. It is being developed in coordination with NUWC Newport in support of the LDUUV and related programs. Program objectives are aligned with autonomous undersea vehicle requirements for 2025 and coordinated with NUWC Newport to align with OSD's vision for autonomy include a common, interoperable capability among all Unmanned Vehicles (UXV) / Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS).
This technology is a scalable SSTx architecture able to deliver high RF power reliably and supports technology upgrades to provide longer service life. The architecture achieves high power levels, comparable to legacy Klystron and Tube technologies, and achieves specified reliability. The SSTx technology can be integrated into shipboard, ground-based and airborne applications requiring high power and high reliability. With 50 years experience, Daico has a well established reputation for high-performance, high-quality products in rugged environments. With more than 6 years of continuous real-world transmitter operation, without critical failure, the architecture proves flexible and compatible with GaN, LDMOS and other technologies. As a transmitter manufacturer, we look to partner with an installer(s) and share depot services and are targeting SPS-49, SPY-1 and other legacy tube-based applications.
Nuvotronics revolutionizes microelectronics hardware through advanced manufacturing platforms like its PolyStrata® architecture. The company also develops high-power/low-loss phase shifter technology using reliable solid-state gallium nitride (GaN) HEMT devices. Used in passive phased arrays, Nuvotronics phase shifters provide cost savings compared to active phased arrays, or can be used in T/R modules to enable new active phased array architectures. Very high power solid-state power amplifiers can also benefit from the technology for phase aligning constituent amplifiers. For systems requiring up to 30% bandwidth from L-band to K-band with a maximum power/element up to 10 watts, the company has developed a four-bit X-band PIN diode phase shifter demonstrator. A patent application has been submitted for the critical 90 and 180 degree phase bits. There is significant market potential within existing DOD and commercial radar and communications systems by dramatically lowering costs of high-performance phased arrays. Nuvotronics is seeking interested defense customers for the technology.
Karagozian and Case, Inc. (K&C) developed a new transparent armor window design for US Navy ships which: 1) increases the longevity and service-life of the windows, 2) reduces life-cycle costs, 3) enables usage of dry-erase markers and grease pencils, 4) maintains excellent visibility throughout the entire life-cycle, 5) reduces lead manufacturing times, and 6) makes replacements faster and easier. The window design can be fabricated in the range of sizes used aboard Navy ships and includes configurations equipped with embedded heating elements and radar cross-section reduction treatment. The system has been prototyped and its ballistic performance has been functionally verified. Additional component-level tests are underway to qualify the system for installations by shipbuilders on new ship construction or for replacements by the Navy on in-service ships.
Valuable life-cycle management data derived from unstructured data formats (Microsoft® Word, Microsoft® Excel, etc.) is underutilized in the current acquisition decision process. The Scoring Analysis via Data Integration and Information Extraction (SADIIE) capability implements an information extraction system that leverages web-based software and machine learning to identify key system metrics and threshold values from unstructured and structured information sources. SADIIE provides the capability to synchronize unstructured and structured data, to drive data analytics that enable collaboration and real-time decision support through flexible visualization and quantifiable assessment. Applied Technical Systems (ATS) implements simple, user-centric solutions to simplify and rationalize complex data problems. Under ATS’s Agile development methodologies, each SADIIE function is prototyped, verified, and improved. ATS’s target architecture establishes a robust data driven decision support analytic framework suitable for employment by the naval weapons systems acquisition and program management communities.
The advanced lateral support system (LSS) is a remotely operated, controllable suspension system that uses smart materials to protect the payload (missile canister) from shock and vibration events, while having the capability of aligning it within the missile tube. LSS is designed for underwater launched weapon systems, such as the Ohio class SSGN configuration. However, this system can also be utilized for other applications where adaptable vibration and shock control is vital. The LSS reduces canister installation/removal time, increases available area within missile tube, and broadens the range of payload configurations. A subscale LSS has been developed and tested, which demonstrates enhanced shock and vibration mitigation.
Navy surface ships protect against ballistic missile launch threats and cruise missile attacks to swarming boats and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). SI2’s ultra-wideband, high-power multi-beam electronically steered array (ESA) provides a new capability for shipboard systems to counter existing and evolving threats. The ESA operates in transmit and receive and produces multiple independent beams over a full horizon to zenith and 360 degrees azimuth field of view. The ESA is suitable for shipboard electronic surveillance / electronic warfare operations, and provides a smaller footprint and more agile response than current systems. SI2’s proven array technology is scalable in size, form factor, and operating frequency. SI2 designs and manufactures antennas and arrays for military and space applications. We seek prime contracts to integrate the ESA into their systems.
Radio frequency (RF) interference is an issue in wireless communication systems and particularly challenging for satellite communications. Our Quick Universal Interference Elimination Technology (QUIET) allows for rapid removal of in-band interference. QUIET’s optic based signal processing system is low cost, compact and backward compatible to legacy systems. Optics based applications include in-band interference cancellation, multiband signal processing, duplexing, filtering, beamformers and phase shifters. Potential applications include anti-jamming for multiband terminals, Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), and electronic warfare sensor programs. The program has carried out extensive wired testing and limited over the air testing by partnering with large military manufacturers to pursue integrated equipment solutions. Bascom Hunter Technologies is an expert in communication and interference solutions. Our goal is to apply QUIET to communication systems to address current and emerging requirements.
Contemporary tactical Network Systems rely on capable operators to maintain the network’s design mission effectiveness during non-permissive or austere battlespace conditions. Critical thinking and problem-solving competencies in operators’ while exposed to stressors and fog of war can be developed and sustained by this technology. The proven full fidelity virtual environment is tailored to accurately replicate the network system behavior and operators’ workspace, and can uniquely train complex scenarios such as anti-access/area-denial (A2AD). Sonalysts excels at fusing advanced technology with human performance science offering innovative, yet practical solutions to tough Fleet training readiness challenges. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology into Government and OEM programs to strengthen the system’s performance, utilization, and favorability by eliminating the operator as a weak link in system performance.
Accurate ship tracks is complex and difficult, especially in crowded shipping environments. AquaQuIPS (AQ) is a near real-time, ship track, data fusion processor that ingests post processed sensor data and tracks from afloat and ashore providers (includes Department of Defense National Technical Means, airborne, surface, subsurface, as well as law enforcement and commercial collection assets). AQ has shown exceptional performance in detecting, classifying, and tracking rogue surface ships in four Navy Trident Warrior Experiments, and is currently being assessed for integration into programs like the Distributed Common Ground Station - Navy (DCGS-N) and Air Force MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial System. Jove Sciences specializes in multi INT data fusion, radar and sonar signal processing, underwater acoustic noise and propagation modeling and analysis, ocean wave energy conversion, and Quantum Electrodynamics. The company is seeking Primes and Navy sponsors for transition, and commercial shipping line customers.
This technology helps to ensure mission critical fiber optic systems remain operable for the warfighter. Over 10 years evaluating the health of fiber optic connectors in aerospace/defense led to the development of the portable, automated Go/NoGo testing system physically compatible with existing and proposed MIL standard connector designs. This patented 3D interferometric imaging probe enables technicians maintaining DoD aviation platforms as well as NAVSEA platforms to efficiently and accurately detect critical contamination, defect and fiber protrusion conditions. This reduces the risk of in-mission connection failures without requiring the technician to make subjective judgments about endface health and saves time required for removal of sub-systems for testing. PROMET seeks funding for system validation testing and commercialization into DoD maintenance facility markets.
Current aerospace gearing carburization technologies cannot effectively process internal surfaces in deep holes of high-aspect-ratio ( 3:1) gears. Advanced metallurgical research company, SANOVA, has developed and successfully demonstrated to Navy and OEMs new proprietary LINCARBOHEAT-53 technology for simultaneous carburizing of internal and external Pyrowear®53 steel surfaces of such gears. Different carburized case hardnesses and depths for internal and external gear surfaces have been achieved. Carburizing, hardening and final tempering steps are automatically performed in a single chamber of the same equipment without need for component relocation. Our process is highly energy, labor, material and operationally efficient. Target applications are gears 4” to 44” OD. Our goal is to commercialize and integrate this technology for gears in CH-53K helicopter program and other military and commercial applications.
Current Nondestructive Inspection (NDI) of large composite aircraft is labor intensive, providing results that require subjective interpretation by the operator. Our solution, Large Standoff Large Area Thermography (LASLAT), performs automated, non-contact NDI using proprietary signal processing algorithms and excitation hardware. Founded in 1992, Thermal Wave Imaging is the industry leader in the development and commercialization of thermographic NDI systems. LASLAT is unique in its ability to operate at a large distance from the aircraft, and to retrieve signal information that is lost using conventional thermography. Demonstrations on NAVAIR V-22 aircraft confirmed the ability to perform rapid, automated inspection, and to successfully detect subsurface flaws. The company seeks relationships with manufacturers, application contractors and defense maintenance personnel to bring this inspection technology to the Navy market.
FIRST RF, an advanced technologies company specializing in antennas and radio frequency (RF) systems, is developing a low-SWaP, multi-beam Ku array system technology capable of full two-way multi-channel communications incorporating 360 degrees of TCDL networked communication links. This phased array system will enable single star network distribution and static/dynamic Internet Protocol address routing for up to 6 high-speed channels simultaneously without reliance on space communication assets. The System’s low-SWaP, combined with its innovative, low-cost SMArT card architecture, make it ideally suited for integration on small UAV platforms (i.e. Fire Scout) serving as communication nodes to rapidly transfer mission critical information (i.e. imagery, data, command and control) up to a slant range of 110 nautical miles. FIRST RF seeks an air-platform partner for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle system integration.
Advanced Systems & Technologies (AS&T) responded to the Navy’s interest for advanced high-power directed energy laser beam control by developing a BeaconLess Adaptive-optic System and Technology (BLAST) to enhance high-power laser beams control capabilities enabling tighter focus on an extended image-resolved target in typical marine environments, i.e., moderate to deep turbulence. This is achieved using a specifically designed optical system capable of selective detection of the target-returned coherent or incoherent radiation fragments, and deriving the wave-function associated with detecting the fundamental features of the rough-surface target-scattered radiation. Post-processing of the beacon-detected field enables turbulence-perturbed wavefront retrieval and characterization thus performance enhancement. Laboratory BLAST tests have confirmed its operability. AS&T is a high-tech company having a mission to develop, demonstrate and commercialize laser and opto-electronic-based technologies.
The H6T-140 amplifier improves susceptibility testing per MIL-STD-464C by providing fields for both peak and average power requirements. It transmits at 3.0–3.3 GHz, 140 kilowatts, 2.5% duty and reduces test setup time with its dual capability. The transmitter is based on a traveling wave tube, modified to cover the specific frequency range. Susceptibility testing ensures proper functioning of aircraft and ordinance on the battle field. H6 Systems has been building high power transmitters based on magnetrons, klystrons, tetrodes, triodes, and traveling wave tubes for thirty years. The company works with customers who are interested in collaborating on developing high-power RF solutions tailored to meet their needs. H6 systems’ experience with high-voltage components and high-power RF give them a unique niche in the supplier market.
Ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) are used for critical components that operate in high temperature environments enabling one to increase the power, performance and efficiency of turbine engines and other aerospace applications; however, existing test methods for CMCs are expensive, unreliable and often fail to capture critical behavior. Alpha STAR, a global provider of physics based simulation technologies and services has developed, with the University of Akron, reliable, repeatable test protocols, specimen designs, and multi-scale material modeling and simulation tools to measure and predict the behavior of CMCs in order to produce more reliable, more efficient parts in a timelier and cost-effective manner. Alpha STAR seeks to transition this to interested program offices for CMC propulsion applications for validation and certification testing, enabling the U.S. Navy and commercial OEMs to reduce life cycle costs.
Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) are prone to interlaminar failure due to poor interlaminar properties. In spite of this importance, there are very few standardized tests dedicated to measuring these important properties. MR&D’s role as an industry leader in providing design/analysis services for the advanced materials community provides the expertise to develop such test standards, including fracture toughness. The new standardized testing method will have a direct effect on numerous applications seeking to incorporate CMC materials. Such a solution will give confidence to the quantitative evaluation of crack propagation and the criticality of defects for a given component so needless part replacement can be minimized. To reduce acceptance risks, MR&D is validating these methods on a variety of CMC materials ranging from high to low toughness.
The inclusion of optical fiber communication on Defense platforms is critical for achieving high-bandwidth communication with low size, weight and power (SWaP). EM Photonics’ (EMP’s) reconfigurable optical cross-connect enables an all-optical point-to-point fiber optic network, comprised of an ultra-compact array of switches. Enabled by silicon photonics, the optical cross-connect is smaller, lighter and faster than existing network components. Prototypes have been verified, demonstrating functionality with microsecond reconfiguration times. The developed technology has specific applications to Defense platforms to increase the communication bandwidth between on-board systems with minimal SWaP. EMP’s goal is to transition this technology to prime contractors or their suppliers for fabrication, and to assist with the transition and integration into deployed platforms for high performance optical communication networks.
Hydronalix, a company that designs and manufactures ocean rescue and Navy surface robots, has developed a 2m mobile gateway buoy for acoustic communications with enhanced situational sensors for Mark 18 unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) communications for the Mine Countermeasures (MCM) program for Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). The company’s growing commercial rescue robot business reduces cost for Navy unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). This program has successfully demonstrated the use of dissimilar sensors to work close to surface. The company is looking for a Prime partner for deployment logistics, and Navy sponsors for transition to other missions.
Our technology is a Tier 1 UAS capable of detecting, locating, and tracking submerged submarines. The UAS is stored within a Sonobuoy Launch Canister (SLC) on a host platform where it ejects, recovers, and flies to areas of interest. Area-I is dedicated to develop technologies that augment aircraft performance through advanced aerodynamic, mechanical, and propulsion system design. Initial targeted platform is the P-8A Poseidon with the ability to integrate on any SLC equipped aircraft. The UAS leverages technologies already proven through flight-testing on the Air-Force ALTIUS Program, and is adaptable to carry other sensors. The Phase II effort concludes with the demonstration of several air-launched prototypes equipped with Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) sensors. The ultimate goal is to transition the technology into a program of record.
Charles River Analytics, a leading customer-focused provider of innovative solutions for complex human-systems challenges, is developing Intuitive User Interfaces for Task-Tailored planning (INTUIT) for the Navy’s Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS). INTUIT is a set of interfaces that increase the usability of planning systems and the efficiency of operators with varying skill levels across a range of vehicles, mission contexts, and unique tasks. INTUIT provides targeted support to novice and expert mission planners by adapting to unique operator, task, and mission needs, as well as fluidly exposing opportunities for advanced planning functionality when appropriate. Phase II prototyping has verified proof of concept demonstration and integration with JMPS. The ultimate goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and prime contractor mission planning systems.
Reaction Engineering International (REI) specializes in providing advanced computational modeling solutions and thermobaric modeling for defense applications. Currently computer models are being developed for prediction of the performance of thermobaric explosives. This class of explosives is seeing increased use in a variety of defense platforms due to their unique capabilities to produce long duration, high-temperature blast conditions. Better model predictions will reduce costs by limiting the need for testing, by identifying optimal thermobaric explosive designs, and by providing enhanced simulation tools for targeting and damage assessment. The computer models will have broad application to a variety of weapons systems across all the branches of the military. REI is seeking relationships with Navy, Air Force and Army program offices and contractors working on thermobaric explosives.
Piezoelectric morphing actuator replaces servos in existing UAS platforms. AVID provides a control system kit, which includes; the control and electronic driver boards necessary for vehicle control with the piezoelectric actuator. This technology keeps the vehicle in the fight longer, without needing to replace servos after landing. Resulting in increased reliability over servos, decreasing the life-cycle cost of the system, while providing the equal performance. AVID has successfully demonstrated equivalent performance in flight with increased reliability over servos during an Air Force Phase 2 SBIR. While Prioria’s Maveric has no servo actuation on its wing due to the tube-launched nature of its mission, AVID is increasing its operational envelope by introducing this unique solution by adding control surfaces to the UAS wing and tail to support more rapid maneuvering.
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Modern military avionic systems employ a vast network of sophisticated sensors and communication equipment, requiring digital and analog links with high-bandwidth, high link margin, and low-susceptibility to electromagnetic interference (EMI). Fiber-optic communications have been proven as the superior means of transmission. High link gain, noise figure (NF), and spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) can be achieved with higher optical powers – thus, there is a need for high performance photodetector receivers. For practical realization of avionic sensor and communication micro-networks using high-speed high-performance photonic links, there is a need for military-grade, ruggedized components with low size, weight, and power (SWaP). One of the key missing components for analog avionic photonic links is a ruggedized, wideband, high-power, balanced photodiode receiver with high linearity.
GameSim is developing a framework, Validate, to detect synthetic environment correlation and integrity errors realized in military training systems. Validate automatically verifies correlation and correctness of new and networked training simulation environments to ensure a fair fight between networked participants. Validate provides a means to test correlation between any combination of source datasets, including NAVAIR Portable Source Initiative (NPSI) and run-time systems, including image generators (IG). GameSim provides game development services and expertise in synthetic environment design, development, and integration. GameSim developed a near real-time capability to import and fuse geospatial datasets, and has published extensive research in advanced M&S techniques. Validate’s prototype establishes design requirements and demonstrates the efficacy of a validation framework suitable for employment by training systems.
Initially targeting the MQ-8C Fire Scout, Pacific Antenna Systems (PAS), with 70 years antenna and gimbal systems design experience developed a compact, lightweight, low-profile airborne Ka Band antenna for wideband SATCOM on all aircraft including helicopter Through the Rotor (TTR) for greater than 10 Megabit/second throughputs. PAS reduced Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) providing payload advantage including a monopulse RF tacking RF feed for higher reliability and accuracy. PAS prototyped the high bandwidth digital servo drives in collision sense and avoid mm wave radars and prototyped and, using their own range, field tested the compact reflector and RF feed assembly. PAS’ antenna with integrated RFE baseband transceiver and modem enables rotorcraft to participate in network concentric operations such as Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and other missions.
Liner wear in spherical bearings can be accelerated by liquid and solid contamination. Preliminary testing has demonstrated that this contamination-resistant bearing reduces contamination without significant additional friction or cost, increasing bearing life, and reducing scheduled maintenance. The modification will not impact bearing installation time, procedures or required equipment. This patent-pending solution is targeted to the V-22 Osprey and other military rotorcraft being fielded in contaminant-rich environments, but has applications in construction equipment and motor vehicles. It can be adapted to custom and standard spherical bearing sizes, and is being developed and tested with a major bearing manufacturer. This advanced technology firm seeks program funding from program managers and prime contractors for implementation with other equipment operational in contaminant-rich environments.
Hypersonic aerodynamic efficiency and performance is currently constrained by materials capabilities. Airframes and control surfaces with sharp leading edges offer improved velocity and range by reducing drag but at the cost of higher temperatures and stresses. While ceramic composites offer thermochemical stability and strength; the diminutive scale of sharp leading edges precludes the use of traditional reinforcements. Materials Research & Design (MR&D), through our design/analysis services and partners, has developed a high-temperature ceramic composite material for erosion free leading edge applications. MR&D uses fine diameter tungsten wire reinforcements to produce a small scale composite that can be manufactured into ultra-sharp geometries. MR&D and its partners ultimately seek to demonstrate the fabrication of an ultra-sharp ceramic composite utilizing very fine tungsten wires and to prove its effectiveness in ground based arc jet testing.
An automated design and analysis tool for assessing large damage and blends for compressor integrally bladed rotors on gas turbine engines and other blade systems due to foreign object damage (FOD) has been developed using Optimal Solution’s Sculptor software. Already used by leading aerospace companies and government entities Sculptor enables the design of the exact shape of a repair blend that mitigates structural and aero problems while minimizing the effect on the blades performance; targeting aircraft with F119 and F135 gas turbine engines but also all military/commercial engine manufacturers, as well as DOD repair facilities. Optimal Solutions, whose software products help design engineers find the best shape for structural parts as well as the optimal aerodynamic shapes, seeks relationships with defense customers and prime contractors.
Creare is developing the SafetyCool Lithium-Ion battery management architecture, a multi-tiered combination of advanced thermal management and electronic battery management system (BMS) components designed to maintain cooler battery cells and reduce the risk of thermal runaway while provided advanced battery management capabilities. Creare is developing the SafetyCool system for NAVAIR as a potential lead acid replacement for the F/A-18 as an initial technology demonstrator. Improved thermal management lowers cell operating temperatures, improving cell efficiency, thermo-electrical performance and reliability, while significantly improving safety. The SafetyCool architecture is based upon advanced vapor-transport thermal management and advanced BMS previously developed and demonstrated for multiple military and industrial partners by Creare, an established engineering R&D firm with over 50 years of experience. Creare is searching for interested Navy PMAs and battery manufacturers that can use the SafetyCool architecture to manufacture licensed battery pack designs for both initial system design and for lead-acid replacement efforts.
EIC Laboratories (EIC) has developed a safe, lightweight Li-ion 28V aircraft battery where potential thermal instabilities are eliminated. The technology increases operating cycle life, minimizes maintenance cost, enhances performance and reduces weight by more than 50 percent over currently used batteries. This safe and lightweight 28V Li-ion battery is designed as a drop-in replacement battery for currently used batteries on Navy and Army aircrafts. EIC specializes in power sources for military and commercial applications. EIC has successfully developed a lightweight 28V Li-ion battery for Army helicopters. The 160th SOAR UH-47 helicopters are currently flying with EIC’s 28V Li-ion battery. EIC will market the developed products directly to the Department of Defense.
Human ability to search for objects in visual scenes is unsurpassed by current automated techniques. Performance of overhead sensor data state-of-art region saliency and object recognition is degraded by low resolution data quality, object-of-interest size, view occlusions, and crowded scenes. To successfully detect objects in cluttered scenes, the human brain relies on multiple factors: prior object occurrence probability, global scene statistics, and object co-occurrence. Mayachitra’s proposed solution provides efficient and effective small object detection from overhead noisy (crowded occluded) videos. The proposed technology enables collection speed data labeling, and intelligence mining. Benefits are multi-tiered: analyst time is optimized through reduction/elimination of mundane viewing tasks; multiple search, tagging, discover, data access and analysis capabilities are provided; intelligence is derived and verified in a fraction of time; and no data is thrown away providing analysts the capability to explore archival data.
As the US Navy’s seeks Cadmium plating alternatives, Engineering & Software System Solution (ES3), a high-end engineering firm providing an array of services and products to commercial and government entities has developed Low Hydrogen Embrittlement (LHE) alkaline Zinc-Nickel plating and non-hex chrome conversion coating as a drop-in replacement for Cadmium plating. The plating has been extensively tested since 2007 and meets or exceeds Cadmium performance in numerous tests: Corrosion, Hydrogen Embrittlement, Mechanical, Installation, and Appearance, Thickness, and Uniformity. It’s successfully proceeded through testing of both barrel and rack plating on low and high strength steel fasteners and components for other DoD agencies. ES3 is currently performing additional certification testing for NAVAIR that includes extensive evaluations of structural-mechanical properties, sea based aviation corrosion performance and electroplate durability.
Currently assessment of insensitive munitions (IM) and hazards classifications (HC) requires full-scale testing, which for large diameter ordnance presents a logistical and financial burden. BlazeTech, with over 40 years of experience working on small- and full-scale testing of aircraft materials, fire and explosion modeling and simulations is currently developing innovative methodology that can predict the response of a full-scale weapon to both fast and slow cook-offs. The key is coordinated modeling and small-scale testing to predict full-scale cook-off. Using our extensive testing, and modeling and simulation experience, BlazeTech has proven the methodology on Polymer Based Explosive – (PBXN-109) and is presently demonstrating it on PBXN-111. We seek DoD partners and contractors who desire a cost-effective and timely solution to meet the requirements of IM and HC testing.
As video/audio sensor networks become more ubiquitous, new opportunities emerge for detection, tracking, targeting, and forensic analysis of suspicious activities by High Value Individuals (HVI). Systems & Technology Research’s (STR’s) Multimodal Exploitation Environment (M2E2) realizes this vision with an integrated framework for 1) automated extraction, tracking, and identification of HVI from video and audio feeds, 2) spatiotemporal prediction algorithms to narrow HVI interdiction options and cue future sensor collection, and 3) collaborative analysis tools for event- and frame-level annotation of HVI activities and intent. With state-of-the-art algorithm performance in person detection and face recognition M2E2 can enhance situational awareness of Navy security personnel and analysts with respect to HVI activities and intent. Transition targets include military base security, force protection, and civilian security monitoring needs.
Applied Signals Intelligence (ASI) recently developed small form factor HF, VHF and UHF precision direction finding that’s enabling Navy’s Spectrum Monitoring payload. Early mission systems operate from 1-600MHz and are integrated onto turboprop manned aircraft (Cessna Caravan, Beechcraft King Air) and small boats (RB-S, SURC). Frequency expansion to 10GHz and Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) reduction to ScanEagle are underway. Key product differentiators are: small size (<10% wavelength); lightweight (non-ferrous); wide instantaneous bandwidth; generation of azimuth and elevation angle; and, operation on horizontally and vertically polarized emitters. Awarded U.S. patent 9,279,880. ASI direction finding will be at the M80 Stiletto Capability Demonstration Program 16-3-1/2. ASI seeks relationships with primes for ship, aircraft, vehicular and manpack platforms and private equity investment to accelerate market penetration.
Orbits Lightwave’s “virtual ring” and “slow light” technologies offer the state-of-the-art in high-power and low-noise laser oscillators. Originally, the technology was developed using DARPA funding; this Phase II SBIR project is aiming to develop a ruggedized, compact and low-noise laser for the F-35 photonics program. Orbits technology is also a solution for other DoD applications requiring narrow linewidth and low-noise laser sources. For example, the Navy’s fiber-optic acoustic sensors systems need lasers having extremely low phase and amplitude noise. Other applications include: coherent LIDAR systems, seed lasers having high SNR and good frequency stability for high-power laser weapon systems, coherent communications system, and lasers for atomic sensors and quantum information processing. We strongly believe that our laser technology is a superior solution for many applications.
Specializing in providing advanced technology solutions and R&D services Intelligent Automation Incorporated's ability to solve science and technology problems and to develop innovative multi-disciplinary computational design analysis tools is world class. Founded in 1987, this woman owned, small business develops innovative concepts and transitions them into market-focused products. Currently, IAI is developing an unsteady aerothermostructural analysis design tool that can be used for turbine engine exhaust system components. The tools will be used to design and optimize advanced exhaust system configurations to minimize component weight, maximize system performance and reduce manufacturing costs. Presently, a challenge of the toolset is to develop analytical methodologies that address both steady and unsteady structural loading analysis and result in an optimized engine exhaust system design.
AnthroTronix is a leader in the development of neuroscience, simulation and training, applied physiological monitoring and human-machine interaction technologies. AnthroTronix’s INTERACT technology improves the fidelity and interactivity of simulation-based training environments using an instrumented glove to provide gesture recognition and haptic and thermal feedback. A wearable delivery device provides olfactory (scent) feedback. Proof of Concept Integration with Cubic’s Immersive Mission Bay Trainer for the LCS Engineering Plant Technician (EPT) is expected to demonstrate INTERACT’s ability to significantly decrease Train-to Qualify and Train-to-Certify times. It’s anticipated that integration of INTERACT with Valve Maintenance courseware at the Submarine Learning Center would result in similar improvements. AnthroTronix’s goal is to transition INTERACT to programs of record to optimize training for acquisition and sustainment of naval engineering maintenance skills.
DDEMS (Deep Drifting Environmental Measurement Sonobuoy) is an A-size long life, test and engineering measurement sonobuoy supporting development and evaluation of technology components for the deep drifting sonobuoy being developed by the NGAPS (Next Generation Airborne Passive System) FNC program. DDEMS features the ability to deploy sensor payloads to a deep depth in the ocean and collect broad bandwidth data from the sensors. This data is then relayed via a high data rate fiber optic cable to a surface unit containing an RF radio link for easy data collection in a real time or at a time late data recall mode. While needed by the NGAPS FNC program, DDEMS is also a unique sonobuoy vehicle to support cost effective deep depth ocean measurements using a variety of sensor payloads.
Upstate Scientific, a company that employs a systems approach to the integration of their products with existing and planned military and commercial systems, has developed the Wind-farm Airborne Radar Processor (WARP) to be used as a part of the Navy’s Airborne Early Warning Radar (E2D) systems. The WARP’s function is to significantly reduce the clutter produced by radar returns from wind turbines. This clutter makes it extremely difficult to detect and track desired moving targets that are spatially located in close proximity to these wind turbines. The WARP uses a multi-layered approach to unobtrusively mitigate the clutter returns. This unobtrusive nature is a result of its innovative signal processing technique that can operate transparently to the current fielded radar system. All that the WARP requires is digital I & Q data from the existing fielded radar, as well as outputs from the existing track processor. Once the clutter has been reduced and desired targets are detected the information is injected back into the radar’s existing data processing chain. It will be necessary for Upstate Scientific to work closely with Lockheed Martin Company to ensure swift and seamless integration into the E2D radar produced for the Navy by them.
The Climatological Observations for Maritime Prediction and Analysis Support Service (COMPASS) uses machine learning to create forecasts of the probability that conditions differ from average climatology or mission-specific thresholds. COMPASS integrates multi-model forecast data to generate skillfully-superior forecasts to improve mission readiness and effectiveness; ensure safety; and reduce cost, labor, and resource requirements. COMPASS enables operational planners and decision makers to plan missions using more reliable and longer-term weather and climate predictions, thereby adding extended-range forecasting capabilities to current forecasting systems and mission-planning tools. Charles River Analytics applies computational intelligence technologies to develop mission-relevant tools to transform customer data into knowledge that drives robust decision-making. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and prime contractor systems for providing long- or medium-range forecasts.
Accacia International, a biotechnology company performing probiotic and diagnostic bioassay R&D for clinical, veterinary and bio-defense markets, has developed a novel probiotic product using dolphin’s indigenous microbiota for improving the health of marine mammals. The probiotic bacteria are microencapsulated to survive harsh acid and bile conditions and to improve colonization in the intestine, thereby preventing gastrointestinal diseases. This first commercial probiotic capsule ever developed for dolphins will be evaluated at the Navy Marine Mammal Program. Phase II in vitro safety experiments indicated that the selected probiotic strains lack any deleterious metabolic activity. Accacia intends to develop this probiotic to improve the fitness and readiness of Navy dolphins for defense missions such as navy asset protection in harbors and underwater mine marking/detection.
IDI developed an Atmospheric Icing Condition Measurement System that identifies hazardous icing clouds up to 10nm ahead of the aircraft in clear air and 100m into the cloud to enable enough time for the pilot to avoid and exit unsafe flight conditions. Pilots currently use aviation weather radar to avoid thunderstorms, but have trouble estimating ice crystal content or icing hazards within clouds, especially during low visibility or night operations. Our development is an innovative LIDAR used to scan cloud layers above, below and ahead of the aircraft to determine if an icing hazard exists, thus enabling pilots to avoid ice build-up on fixed and rotary flight control surfaces. IDI has conducted icing tunnel tests demonstrating system capability to identify cloud properties: liquid water content, droplet size and ice crystals using cost and weight efficient optical sensor and laser ranger finder techniques.
The Integrated System for Avoidance of Ice-producing Airborne Hazards (ISAIAH) is a low-SWaP, passive, aircraft ice detection system. FIRST RF is a technologies company specializing in antennas and radio frequency (RF) systems. FIRST RF’s partner, Radiometrics, manufactures radiometric weather profiling systems. ISAIAH enables detection and avoidance of airborne icing hazards, reducing aircraft loss risk – thereby increasing the probability of mission success. FIRST RF’s partner Radiometrics Corporation has world-exclusive capability in supercooled liquid water (SLW) detection. FIRST RF and Radiometrics will transition this capability to airborne platforms. Upward-looking and horizontal SLW detection has been demonstrated in Phase I. Airborne SLW detection is about to be demonstrated in Phase II. FIRST RF seeks an air-platform partner for the integration of the ISAIAH system onto airborne systems.
Piasecki Aircraft Corporation (PiAC) is a research and development company focused on developing innovative technology for the rotary wing and UAS markets. PiAC’s AeroSteel stainless steel cargo floor uses adavanced structural design, material and manufacturing processing to make panels that are as lightweight as composite panels but with improved stiffness, corrosion resistance, durability and lower cost. The panels utilize an additive construction method that allows the use of premium materials (i.e. Inconel) while reducing material and production costs. By orienting stainless steel sheet in an efficient and innovative configuration, AeroSteel panels are strong, stiff, light with open, accessible cells that are easily inspected, cleaned, and repaired when necessary. PiAC plans to transition AeroSteel to Government/Commercial applications to include floors, pallets, structural frames, and other applications requiring improved weight, stiffness, durability, repairability and lower cost.
Bettergy, founded in 2008 to conceive, develop and commercialize innovative energy technologies for both military and civilian applications, has developed a number of novel energy storage technologies. The company is developing a high-power (6500W) battery to meet Navy requirements for safety, performance, system interface and shelf life at a reasonable cost. Utilizing low-cost, earth-abundant and environmentally friendly materials that do not utilize flammable solvents and do not emit toxic fumes during discharge, Bettergy is poised to meet the Navy's high-power battery requirements. Having successfully demonstrated its technology, Bettergy's market plan is to transition this energy storage technology to the prime sonobuoy contractor for the U.S. Navy Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) program. Other potential applications for this technology include Unmanned Undersea Vehicles and Unmanned Surface Vehicles.
Formed in 2002, San Diego Composites, a highly qualified aerospace company focusing on developing next generation materials, systems, structures, and manufacturing technologies, is steeped in strong engineering principals and offers solid R&D and product development processes. Currently, SDC is developing a Composite Pallet Rapid Restraint (CPR2) system that will exceed the NAVAIR CH-53K g-load crash requirements (20/20/10), successfully restraining the 2,400 gallon Tactical Bulk Fuel Delivery System, and can be transported and installed by a single person in approximately 15 minutes/tank. Our Phase II goal is to further develop the CPR2 system and by December 2018 in simulated operational environment using a representative military aircraft cargo compartment successfully demonstrate our CPR2 system (TRL 6). Other potential air-platforms for the CPR2 include V-22, C-130, and CH-53E.
The dynamic nature of warfare nearly guarantees the actual operational situation deviation from the assumed operational situation utilized in planning. Consequently, recommended Course of Action (COA) needs dynamic adjustments as new data becomes available during mission execution. Securboration’s technology will facilitate automatically assessing incoming situational awareness data and enable Command & Control (C2) operators to evaluate operational situations with respect to the selected COA and stated operational goals/objectives. This technology can be integrated into a system such as DCGS-N. The prototype system successfully demonstrated feasibility in COA selection. Securboration specializes in applying machine learning and natural language processing research such as to meet the warfighter’s mission critical needs. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and prime contractor systems for facilitating COA analysis.
Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT), a premier thermal management solutions provider, has developed a system to generate electricity for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) from ocean temperature gradients. Heat extracted from warm waters is stored on-board in phase change materials to provide a continuous energy source. Integrated into UUVs or scaled up for applications such as a UUV charging station, this environmental energy harvesting system provides a competitive advantage as a renewable power source, extending UUV mission duration, improving life cycle costs, or increasing operational capabilities for UUV mission planners. After a successful prototype demonstration, ACT is currently optimizing and scaling up our innovative ocean energy harvesting system. ACT’s goal for transition is to license our technology to a prime UUV contractor and manufacture key components.
The Next Generation of Maintenance Trainer (NGMT) from CTI, a Los Angeles-based woman-owned small business, is an immersive, virtual trainer with an intelligent tutoring system (ITS) utilizing machine learning/inferential mathematics for improved accuracy, speed, and precision skill acquisition/decay prediction. Our character-based approach ensures student engagement promises to increase retention. The self-paced, desktop trainer for Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) Detachment West (aka “the gun school”) is intended to mitigate a classroom bottleneck challenge. CTI’s proprietary ITS is a critical component, enabling a highly customized, dynamic student experience to maximize training value. We are seeking transition to the CSCS program of record so we may license the application in quantity and, ultimately, extend the product to include other USN customers with varying maintenance training needs.
Miniature Integrated Circuits Reporting Overall Status (MICROS) provides sophisticated monitoring and analysis of physiologic, and potentially cognitive status, data in a wearable patch format with integrated power harvesting to achieve long operating time without replacement or recharging. MICROS will initially be used for continuous physiological monitoring of military troops during vigorous training, promoting effective training results at reduced risk of harm from over exertion. Future applications include monitoring deployed troops and combat casualties. Integrated circuit design of critical sections was successfully evaluated, while a prototype is currently being developed and tested. Vivonics, a medical technology development company improving human health and performance, is seeking to connect with DOD program offices for technology transition and with strategic partners and investors for scale-up support and market entry assistance.
QuSpin is developing miniature magnetometers that leverage the latest technologies in miniature electronics and manufacturing techniques, and advances in atomic physics. Founded in 2012 as an atomic devices company, QuSpin focused on developing atomic magnetometers for magnetic anomaly detection and biomedical applications. Our sensors are compact, light-weight, and low-power, enabling use on a wide variety of airborne and undersea platforms for ASW and in hand-carried systems for locating unexploded ordinance (UXO). In a very short time our technology has progressed to fully-operational, field-tested, and easy-to-use prototypes with performance rivaling the previous best magnetometers, but at a fraction of the size, weight, power and cost. QuSpin is seeking defense programs with an ongoing need for high volumes of magnetometers, and prime contractors who can integrate our magnetometers into their systems and platforms.
The Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) Micro MAD-Tow System combines next-generation Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) sensors with a state-of-the-art reeling machine for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operations. The MAD system – including MAD auto-detection processing – is contained within the MAD pod and easily integrates with MQ-8C, MH60R/S, or any platform with a 14-inch bomb rack and communicates via standard data busses. The System offers a tenfold improvement in detection performance and weighs a fraction of the legacy AN/ASQ-81 due to significant reductions in SWaP. Tethers Unlimited provides capability enhancements and cost savings for aerospace and defense customers, successfully completing over 100 contracts to bring new technologies to market. TUI is interested in licensing the technology to Northrop Grumman and performing Low-Rate Initial Production for up to 50 units.
CeraNova’s proprietary process for transparent spinel enables net-shape forming and densification at lower temperature without sintering aids. The resulting fine grained (< 10µm) microstructure demonstrates high transmission (visible through MWIR) and mechanical strength (>300MPa) two to three times higher than conventional large grain transparent spinel. CeraNova prototype windows (275mm square) show high transmission and low scatter. Processing of larger flat panels and curved shapes with significant sag is underway. Defense applications include large reconnaissance windows for aircraft and ships, smaller flat and curved windows for IR and laser countermeasure systems, and transparent armor. CeraNova specializes in process and product development of innovative, high technology ceramic materials. Application partners and commercialization opportunities are sought as the company transitions from technology development to prototype and pilot-scale manufacturing.
Agiltron, who offers industry leading optical communication and sensing solutions, developed a new class of high-efficiency and lightweight broadband inverted metamorphic multi-junction solar cells for uninterrupted flight missions of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The approach is closely coupled with Agiltron’s extensive experience in high-transmittance broadband and wide-angle anti-reflective microstructures, pushing the cell’s conversion efficiency performance well beyond the current state-of-the-art. Although designed and customized for air vehicles in conditions that are different from terrestrial applications, they still provide portable and reliable renewable energy for dismounted soldiers, reducing their need for carrying extra batteries. Having numerous direct/indirect DOD and civilian applications such as UAV, ground vehicles, space vehicles, satellite, and various portable and wearable electronic devices Agiltron seeks licensing/technology transfer agreements for mass-production of solar cells.
This leading provider of signal processing technologies developed an automated mission planning software tool to interface with the Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS). Developed from expertise unique to this firm, the system has been validated in a laboratory environment to generate contingency plans in five minutes to handle unexpected problems, such as popup threats or electrical and mechanical failures in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The software system is adaptive and quick to react to changes detected in the situation context. The contingency plans will be published through web services to the users. The company seeks program offices to fund the adaptation of this project to other applications such as UAV programs in the Army and Air Force, weather research, coastal monitoring and border patrol.
Rock West Composites provides an affordable means to achieve supersonic/ high temperature nose radomes that have high Radio Frequency (RF) transmission over a broad range of frequencies and angles of incidence. The innovation is a non‐structural, RF “tuning liner” that nests with a structural ceramic radome shell, but does not necessarily need to be adhered to it. It allows for looser tolerances when build ceramic shells. This radome design supports the warfighter by enabling improved RF transmission/reception straight out the tip of sharp‐nosed radomes by increasing antenna range and reducing distortion of signals for targeting, jamming, communication or augmentation functions. This radome technology is currently at TRL 5. Rock West seeks to team with missile integrators/ radome manufacturers to integrate this design into specific applications.
The fatigue cracking potential of a propulsion component drives inspection intervals, greatly impacting total ownership cost and operational readiness. Surface cracks are often preceded by subsurface cracking; however there are no practical solutions for performing subsurface inspections on non-ferrous materials in depot environments. This robust patent- pending technology generates three-dimensional (3D) maps of defect geometries and stress fields in non-ferrous materials, allowing the detection of subsurface cracks. With existing Fiber Optic Clearance and Identification Sensor (FOCIS) products being used for gas turbine rotor vibratory stress analysis, Prime Photonics is currently prototyping it’s 3-D Synchronous Magnetic Imaging System (3D-SMIS™) for NDI of non-ferrous materials. Our goal is to transition 3D-SMIS™ into DoD and prime contractor systems for applications that can reduce the frequency of component inspections.
Techflow integrates high power radio frequency (HPRF) weapons effects and failure analysis into its High Power Microwave Lethality and Vulnerability Analysis (HPM LAVA) framework to provide scientists, engineers, planners, and operators capability to evaluate effects of high power electromagnetic (HPEM) directed energy (DE) on electronic systems. HPM LAVA establishes a versatile tool to service DE and electronic warfare (EW) domain test and research personnel, and mission or campaign level engagement analyst requirements. HPM LAVA supports analysts to accurately target and identify appropriate levels of radiation required to destroy, disable, or take control of various platforms. TechFlow specializes in integration of DE and laser physical science, with cyber and information technology and is looking to extend HPM LAVA for Extended Air Defense Simulation. TechFlow services both government and commercial markets with leading technologies and products to preserve national and economic security.
MSI’s Automated Warhead Characterization System (AWCS) is an optical software / hardware solution for enhanced arena testing. The AWCS will acquire stereoscopic video of fragments, and will correlate fragments with parameters of interest through advanced post-test image processing. Enhanced data and reduced turnaround with streamlined operation will be enabled by the AWCS for arena tests. The enhanced data will facilitate expanded battlefield targeting opportunities, a sustained competitive advantage. AWCS target markets include the China Lake (NAVAIR), Eglin (Air Force) and Aberdeen (Army) arena test facilities. Extensive engineering design, development and analysis services, and product solutions comprise MSI’s capabilities. Potential collaborators will be well versed in arena test data acquisition/ analysis, and/ or will have developed applicable optical data acquisition/ processing systems for DoD.
MaxPower has developed a reserve lithium/vanadium oxide battery for long-range missile applications. MaxPower Incorporated is a special purpose battery development company with a focus on rapid prototyping and low volume production. This battery technology is well suited to extended range missile platforms where projected future electrical requirements cannot be met by thermal batteries. The high energy density and long run time capability of this system provides an advantage over currently fielded options. Prototype testing has shown the ability of the battery technology to meet the power and run time requirements with a projected energy density exceeding 200 W·s/g. MaxPower is seeking to transition this technology to applicable missile platforms, with a focus on the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW).
Our technology is a high power, high brightness infrared laser based on quantum cascade laser (QCL) bars. QCL bars can be used to greatly reduce the size of high power infrared laser modules. At Teradiode, we use wavelength beam combination (WBC) to make high brightness short-wave lasers, up to 8 kW, for manufacturing and defense. With WBC, we are able to combine arrays of emitters, while preserving the beam quality of a single emitter device. Our current QCL based lasers have industry leading brightness for infrared countermeasures (IRCM) applications, and development of QCL bars will drastically reduce the size and weight of these systems. Our goal is to supply prime contractors with extremely compact lasers based on QCL bars, which can be integrated into IRCM systems.