ARES, an advanced aerial refueling modeling and simulation tool, utilizes a multi-body dynamics approach that enables analysis of the tanker and receiver aircraft, hose, drogue, and reeling mechanism characteristics to accurately predict hose/drogue dynamics and probe loads during refueling operations. As such, ARES enables detailed analysis of refueling operations for new technology and tactics, techniques, and procedures development; mishaps; and flight testing and certification. When integrated into manned flight simulators, it improves the accuracy of refueling simulations to enhance pilot training. Platform agnostic, ARES is easily integrated with other modeling and simulation tools to enable real-time pilot-in-the loop simulations. SDI’s goal is to develop ARES as the software tool of choice for use in flight simulators and in the design and development of aerial refueling systems.
Current methods used to qualify additive manufacturing (AM) materials and processes during manufacturing are expensive and time-consuming. Senvol is developing data-based machine learning software that supports the qualification of AM processes, machines and materials, rapidly optimizes process parameters, predicts material properties of components, supports quality assurance, and minimizes data generation costs. The software can be applied to any AM process or material and has been prototyped and functionality verified. Sustained competitive advantage is provided as this technology significantly decrease AM data generation costs such that qualification of AM components can be achieved faster and with fewer resources. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and prime contractor systems that enable the adoption and deployment of AM.
Additive Manufacturing (AM) has the potential to revolutionize the way the Navy procures, maintains and utilizes aircraft, ships and submarines. SHEPRA has developed a process to incorporate nanotechnology materials in the form of carbon nanotubes in metal powders for use in metal AM. The nature of this technology allows for the use of any metal alloy and results increases in the overall Strength, Stiffness and Thermal and Electrical Conductivity. With the use of this technology it is now possible to AM fabricate components consistent with wrought metal properties. Applications include the maintenance and sustainment or new product development with enhance capabilities. SHEPRA is currently working with AM material suppliers, system manufacturers and DoD primes to create an ecosystem to most effectively deliver this technology to the Navy and other DoD services.
MicroLink has developed an advanced solar cell technology that is lightweight, flexible, and highly efficient. The solar cells are physically like aluminum foil, so the cells can bend around curved surfaces and flex back and forth without any damage to the cells at a significantly reduced weight penalty over current systems. The solar cells are also similar to the ones used on space satellites; they are highly efficient and are designed to produce significant power in a limited area. In this project, MicroLink is integrating its advanced solar cell technology onto a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) called the Puma to augment the battery power on the aircraft and double the flight endurance over that of a battery-only powered flight.
In-situ monitoring of fatigue, cracks and wear, in structures ranging from aircrafts, ships, and infrastructures is critical to DoD development. This technology is a “Smart Washer” that becomes part of the fastener system that detects onset of wear and monitors crack growth. The functionality and innovation of the technology has been tested and validated for different varieties of structures including combinations of titanium, aluminum and carbon composites. Physics Renaissance specializes in developing innovative advanced sensor technologies to address problems critical to the fields of vehicle testing, health monitoring, smart sensors and condition based maintenance. The goal is to take this technology, which has been tested in a lab relevant environment, and develop it to a TRL6 for an operational environment. Physics Renaissance will transition this technology into government and prime contractor systems for facilitating condition based maintenance solutions.
The Hardware Open Systems Technology (HOST) Hardware Integration Tool Set (HHITS) is a web-based Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) tool that models hardware systems built using standards such as HOST, SOSA™, and OpenVPX™. Using an innovative graphical user interface, engineers perform integration by searching and selecting hardware modules from the integrated repository, virtually integrating modules, identifying integration issues by applying rule sets, mitigating issues, and capturing the design details prior to acquiring any hardware, saving time and money. The benefits are reaped throughout a program’s lifecycle from initial design of a new capability to sustainment through simplification of obsolete module replacement. SimVentions’ goal is to deliver HHITS to the government, prime contractors, and hardware vendors to facilitate the design of hardware configurations.
Leveraging Tucson Embedded Systems (TES) existing Model Based Engineering (MBE) capabilities, this technology provides an infrastructure to support testing of hardware against requirements and conformance verification. TES’s holistic solution to conformance of hardware utilizes their AirWorthy Environment for Systems Unified Modeling (AWESUM) tool. AWESUM has been successfully developed and used for over 10 years. Originally developed to test Hardware Open System Technologies (HOST) conformance, now it is used to test conformance of hardware against standards, such as Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA™), Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), Electronic Warfare (EW) Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS™) and OpenVPX™. TES specializes in mission critical hardware and software systems, validation and testing, training and research and development. This technology is intended for use by verification authorities, Navy/Army test labs, vendors, and military depots.
Acellent's Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) technology inspects aircraft/rotorcraft composite structures for predictive maintenance and performs prognostics for remaining useful life (RUL) estimation. Acellent's end-to-end solution ensures the integrity and safety of composite structures by identifying damage, analyzing severity, quantifying the damage and providing the location of said damage, and managing lifecycle. Using artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT), we connect physical structures to assess damage from anywhere in the world. We are the global leader in SHM with proven sensor-based technology and intelligent diagnostic algorithms to detect and monitor damage. Acellent’s active SHM system for helicopter tail booms are aimed to be integrated with Advanced Digital Transfer System (ADTS) and onboard helicopter data acquisition and storage system, like the Health Usage Monitoring System (HUMS). We are looking to transition this SHM system for field usage on U.S. DoD helicopter platforms.
Founded in 2011, Storagenergy is passionate about developing energy technology and providing environmental solutions for difficult energy problems. Our major focus is energy; energy generation, energy storage, renewable energy systems and providing environmentally friendly solutions for serious energy issues. Currently, Storagenergy is developing an All Solid State Battery (ASSB) pack plus a Battery Management System (BMS) for Navy power applications on aircraft. Our transition targets are PMA 265 (F/A-18 Program Office) and AIR 4.0T (Chief Technology Office). Our goal is to continue development of our ultra-thin solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) that will eliminate the safety concerns of conventional Li-ion batteries specifically their highly flammable organic solvent electrolytes. To date, Storagenergy has perfected an ultra-thin (<30 µm) SPE membrane that promises to enhance our ASSB’s performance.
Pacific Antenna Systems (PAS) has produced highly innovative low probability of intercept (LPI) / low probability of detection (LPD) advanced antenna systems in Ku Band and W Band that will provide up to 5G wireless capabilities. The antennas also provide multi-beam, directional network communications between surrogate nodes, connectivity between TDLs and IP-based networks to seamlessly move high density information. Increased network reliability is achieved through spectrum and waveform agility. Ours technologies have been flight tested in relevant environments on both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Antennas are applicable to all ground, air, and surface platforms including manned and unmanned. Community of interest is Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR). PAS design history includes over 70 years of antenna systems design experience in Communications, Radar, High Power Microwave Antennas and Electronic Warfare.
Current state-of-the-art Naval Aviator drysuits provide critical protection during emergency coldwater immersion yet afford minimal air and water vapor permeation by employing waterproof membranes described as "breathable". In actuality, these membranes do not allow air to permeate through the cloth. Therefore, NanoSonic, who specializes in advanced materials research, developed a porous elastomeric gel membrane 5x more air permeable than current MIL-DTL-32149A drysuit fabrics per ASTM D 737 while being waterproof at 1 psi for 1+ hours as measured in accordance with AATCC Test Method 127-2008. NanoSonic’s precursor copolymers are readily scalable to pilot scale production quantities, and its membrane production techniques may be transitioned to a continuous roll-to-roll production process.
Navy rotorcraft components sustain damage from flight operations, logistics handling, and removal and replacement during maintenance. Blending away the damages to reduce stress risers may cause fatigue cracking, and blending lowers thickness in the repair location reducing the ability for future repair capability. Damage that exceeds design tolerances generally cause the component to be scrapped. Creare has developed a compact repair system for full dimensional and strength restoration of aircraft components to enhance the logistics and maintenance of Navy aircraft. Our Compact Repair System miniaturizes additive friction stir technology using compact, high speed spindles and additive tools to facilitate repair of such damage and to return the component at or above its original strength.
Current and future weapon systems place / will place highly variable, unpredictable demands on power systems and require increasingly energy-dense power supplies that are compact, lightweight and provide long service life without compromising safety. Bioenno Tech’s innovative, long calendar life/improved cycle life (> 6years / > 6,000 cycles vs today’s 2,000 cycles), Lithium-ion (Li-ion) solid-state battery (LiSSB) technology exceeds the energy density and power density thresholds of current systems over an increased range of operational temperatures – potentially eliminating fire hazards – enabling ultra-safe operations. Bioenno Tech is optimizing/scaling up battery designs, materials, processing and conducting prototype testing to validate that their LiSSB system is suitable for integration into Navy aircraft electrical systems and to demonstrate the safe and effective functionality of the system in an operational environment.
Ignition issues, including difficulties with high-altitude relight, are a complex phenomenon involving turbulent flow, combustion chemistry and heat transfer. To handle these challenges, the current technology consists of a physics-based approach to model the ignition process in devices such as combustors and augmentors. Our innovative tool can be used to determine the proper placement of an ignitor in the combustion device, to assist in understanding problems with high altitude relight under specific flight conditions or in designing ignitors with specific characteristics for optimal ignition probability. This technology is applicable to current and future Navy aircraft, as well as propulsion systems for all branches of the military, or any device with a combustion system, including power generation systems (e.g. gas turbines and boilers). This tool is physics-based, relying on fundamental principals in modeling the ignition process, and has been validated and tested using experimental data from a variety of different combustion systems.
Advances in Additive Manufacturing (AM) have enabled the possibility of incorporating printed components into sonobuoy prototyping and full-scale production efforts at reduced costs. Improvements to part quality and material options allow for increased sonobuoy capabilities that, when combined with the decreased lead time and low price for small production runs, can lead to significant added value for new sonobuoy development. Triton Systems, Inc., a high-technology development small business firm founded in 1992 that develops advanced materials, their processing, and manufacturing technologies for commercial, industrial, and government use, has completed a study of this added value associated with the development of AM techniques for sonobuoy production and printed component prototypes for testing and incorporation into sonobuoys.
Current mission profiles and ability for mid-air refueling have extended flight times for military aircrew. Triton's new bladder relief system provides a low-cost, disposable human interfacing component that fully integrates with all aircrew equipment and Aircrew Life Support Systems (ALSS). This will allow aircrew to avoid the challenge of relieving themselves in flight, remain fully hydrated, and maintain peak cognitive and physical performance as well as situational awareness. Our system is designed for both female and male aviators, has gone through several rounds of prototyping, and its functionality has been verified. Triton Systems, Inc. develops advanced human systems technologies for commercial, industrial, and Government use. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and commercial markets by licensing our Intellectual Property to manufacturing partners.
Wolf’s compact self-adjusting tether system technology significantly enhances aircrew safety and mobility over existing/legacy tether systems. Wolf’s system automatically manages tether slack and locks tether payout during high-speed events – increasing fall protection as well as crashworthy protection for mobile aircrew in the event of a survivable aircraft mishap. Initial targeted platforms include tiltrotor and rotary wing platforms in any service branch. Compatible with the CMU-37, Aircrew Endurance Vest (AEV), Wolf’s system increases aircrew safety and mobility while allowing for connection to existing airframe attachment points – eliminating the need for aircraft modifications. Prototype testing has demonstrated/verified key system functionalities. The end objective is to manufacture and sell this product in conjunction with a contract manufacturer for use in tiltrotor/rotary wing platforms.
RF photonic links operating at the near-IR offer improved signal fidelity at shorter ranges compared to telecom wavelengths. The enabling technology is the photodetector at the link’s back-end, which is capable of high-power handling at mmW frequencies despite its small size, light weight, and environmental robustness. Vehicular systems that are SWaP-restricted, but demand bandwidth for applications such as imaging, radar, and sensing, are ideally suited to replace bulky cables with flexible optical fibers. PSI has successfully prototyped this photodetector technology at both the component and system level, and has spent the past decade streamlining our core competency of high-speed modulator and photodetector production. Our goal is to transition this technology to a manufacturable state to provide integration into government and prime contractor short-range photonic links.
IFOS’ tagging technology leverages growth-provision fiber links based on the emerging MIL-1760 connector standard. Powered by an optical interrogator based on miniature and robust photonic integrated circuits that enables small form-factor, it easily integrates with military aviation platforms. Scalable network configurability ensures passive, continuous monitoring does not interfere with network communications. IFOS, a leading developer of photonic sensing solutions, is targeting advanced fighter aircraft and has engaged the Prime Contractors. To date IFOS has demonstrated concept feasibility in the laboratory and is now fabricating the flight-worthy photonic integrated circuit (PIC)-based optical interrogator to power the network built-in-test solution. The IFOS technology is seen as a near-term upgrade that will enable expanded mission operability, enhanced prognostics and monitoring of deployed aircraft, and greater warfighter confidence in this aircraft and other platforms.
The Navy is looking for magnetic sensors compact enough to mount on unmanned vehicles (UV)s for signal intelligence applications. QUASAR Federal Systems (QFS) is offering a lightweight, low power, low magnetic signature, 3-axis fluxgate sensor for mounting on a UAS. QFS‘s expertise is the development, marketing, and sale of unique electromagnetic sensing technology. Many companies make fluxgate magnetometers, but only a few have sensitivity comparable to our technology, which is small enough to be attractive for UV applications. There are two key components - the compact sensors, which meet the Navy’s sensitivity and dynamic range requirements, and the low power, compact, 24-bit digitizer/processor. The likely transition path is forging a partnership with a larger defense contractor for system integration with QFS providing design and testing support.
Permanent fiber optic cable repairs on Naval aircraft usually require significant downtime and relocation of aircraft to a hangar bay or even Depot, Tetramer’s TIMA fiber optic adhesive facilitates a permanent, in field repair option in the form of a mechanical splice. The actual repair steps themselves typically can be accomplished using the fielded Fiber Optic Repair Set (FORS) in about an hour, depending on the location of the repair and the existing environmental conditions. TIMA fiber optic adhesive requires no special storage conditions to maintain its excellent shelf life. Currently undergoing MIL qualification, TIMA was developed for avionics platforms but can easily be transitioned to shipboard and small network applications. Tetramer is a small business based in South Carolina which prides itself in being your partner in molecular architecture. Tetramer’s team of experienced chemists help design custom solutions to materials problems and provide small scale high value material synthesis.
The aerial countermeasures employed by the military to protect personnel and equipment must become more adaptable and sophisticated in order to match pace with advances in target acquisition methods. This technology will enable them to do so. It consists of a fully autonomous system which 3-d prints countermeasure grains with tailor-able geometries to better imitate the characteristics of the targeted vehicle. The technology has been prototyped and functionally verified. Special Aerospace Services (SAS) is a tactical engineering firm providing analytics, research & development, rapid prototyping and precision manufacturing services. We serve clients in the aerospace and aviation industries as well as other high-tech sectors. Our goal is to contract with the Department of Defense and prime contractors to facilitate production of the technology.
DVTI leads a team developing a property-oriented, materials modeling tool that enables rapid transition of high entropy alloys (HEAs) capable of withstanding high temperature turbine engine environments. Next generation engines will operate at temperatures exceeding the limits of today’s nickel-based superalloys. HEAs meeting the baseline requirements were identified and screened. On-going work is enhancing the predictive capabilities for a high temperature oxidative environment. DVTI is a materials and manufacturing company that utilizes a novel vapor deposition process – directed vapor deposition (DVD) – to create advanced materials and functionally coated products. DVTI seeks to provide services to commercial partners for the development of novel alloy systems and expanding its coating services business segment, which utilizes DVD to apply high quality metal and ceramic coatings onto complexly shaped components.
Chaff payload improvements have resulted in improved efficiency enabling the ability to provide 2 payloads per cartridge. The Navy’s chaff cartridge has a volume of 6.6 cubic inches. The volume of a dual chaff payload is 3.0 cubic inches. Quad-M is in a unique position to develop and produce a dual chaff device. Their experience includes aircraft countermeasures/payloads, missile penetration aids, and satellite deployment systems. This experience in qualification of equipment and hardware integration is essential for success. A final design of the dual chaff system is complete. Small scale Hazard of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance (HERO) testing and chaff dispensing testing will be performed. During Phase II.5, environmental qualification will be completed. Program and funding support from NAVAIR for the dual chaff capability is essential for transition to Phase II.5/III.
Vibration induced noise in propeller and rotary aircraft can exceed attenuation capabilities of flight helmet systems. Aircrew exposure to high vibration induced noise compromises safety and increases mission risk. Creare’s Flight Head and Hearing Protection System (FHHPS) is a modular upgrade kit that provides substantial reduction in helmet vibration and noise. The kit consists of passive helmet vibration dampers and replacement ear cups. The vibration damper is tuned to the propeller or rotor blade pass frequency of the target airframe and placed on the outside of the helmet. Prop or rotor vibration is absorbed by the damper and cancelled in the helmet. The dampers and our high volume replacement ear cups add up to >15 dB of attenuation greatly reducing noise exposure, noise-related fatigue, and missed radio calls.