Twice Encrypted and Authentication Messaging (TEAM) is a device-independent software-based encryption capability supporting multi-cast that leverages approved capabilities for the protection of classified information developed by WPL, Inc. We are an engineering services and Research and Development (R&D) company founded in 1978 with extensive communications system and security engineering expertise. TEAM is targeted for the new Marine Air to Ground Task Force [MAGTF] Common Handheld (MCH) radio. TEAM’s implementation adds limited overhead on multi-cast networks thereby maximizing bandwidth efficiency. A laboratory demonstration of a proof of concept was completed in Phase 2 and we are looking at future technology demonstrations with operational users through MARCORSYSCOM. Our goal is to deploy our software capability as part of new/existing platform and provide licensing/training support for its use.
Taylor & Lego Holdings (TLH), Dba/Rapid Composites, a 20-year provider of engineering and manufacturing services has developed alternative composite construction methods that improve cycle-times and dimensional tolerances; reducing costs and enabling very repeatable mid-to-high-volume production. Initially targeting Coyote UAS components, TLH has produced over 60 rugged handheld devices, transit cases, drones, control surfaces, complex fuselage assemblies, and the FLIR MLR Aka/Recon 5 (passed government testing) with greater repeatability and substantially better cycle times. Additionally, TLH demonstrated the ability to produce tubular fuselage components for MDA with embedded electrical interfaces in minutes instead of days. TLH seeks partners/investors that‘d benefit mission critical and harsh environment products, which typically are companies looking to produce >5 parts/annum that require more accuracy than low pressure processes are capable of.
Luna Innovations Incorporated (Luna) has developed a framework to design, test and deploy condition monitoring computational processes that track the health of shipboard equipment. Signal processing and modeling techniques are robust, efficient and tailored to conserve energy when run on battery-powered sensor nodes like Luna’s condition-based maintenance hardware. This allows nodes to operate as edge computing resources that diagnose faults locally, report relevant damage features or transmit entire data histories for higher fidelity models that operate on shipboard computers to verify predictions and reduce risk. Performance has been demonstrated for the Navy through relevant environment testing, using both industrial and submarine-grade equipment in partnership with the original equipment manufacturer of hydraulic systems. The ultimate goal is to inform maintenance practices and lower total ownership costs.
Serving high-profile commercial companies such as Google, Facebook, Broadcom, and SES Networks and overseeing radio and satellite communication procurement efforts for DARPA and NASA, RKF specializes in wireless systems spanning hardware, systems, and software engineering for space-based, drone, and terrestrial communications. The Hybrid Open Transceiver new Advanced Integrated Line-of-Sight Equipment System (HOT nAILES) is a modernized line-of-sight radio frequency communications distribution system for VHF/UHF communications to/from shipboard platforms with improved performance and SWAP-C. Targeting the AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radio (DMR) as part of the FFG(X) development, where key system components/related parts have been analyzed for inclusion and TRL in the design. Partnership with a program of record is underway along with the large business prime for that program; company seeks inclusion in all future naval ship builds.
TOPGUN detects and classifies ships in color video using state-of-the-art deep learning techniques, which can be used by any manned/unmanned vessel to avoid collisions. TOPGUN detection is reliable even in cluttered scenes, and detected ships are classified into categories, including cargo vessel, sailboat, and military ship, to support safe navigation for unmanned vessels and increased situation awareness for manned vessels. We have demonstrated TOPGUN live on the water using commercial cameras and processing hardware. We are combining TOPGUN with whale and obstacle detection on a smart camera with an embedded processor to create a maritime smart camera that provides situation awareness and collision avoidance for military and commercial vessels. Ideal partners are building unmanned surface vessels, smart cameras, or ship surveillance and security systems.
Avionics systems require an increased range of processing elements, networks and peripheral devices with increased reliability and decreased costs. Inflexible hardware-based fault-tolerance is a significant life cycle cost. Reliable Platform Service (RPS) software provides superior fault resilience while utilizing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. Significant cost savings in hardware and faster lifecycle upgrading are achieved, keeping pace with commercial developments, all of which require extremely robust fault awareness and tolerance. RPS also permits dynamic fault tolerance over changing configurations and operating modes and is scalable/extensible to legacy or new systems. RPS fits into the Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) and Future Airborne Computing Environment (FACE) of avionics components. Our goal is to transition this technology into government and prime contractor systems to provide robust, affordable fault protection.
LSO DAT transforms text-based LSO carrier landing evaluations to allow machine learning to reveal evidence-based insights, optimizing training while reducing workload. Prototyped for the LSO School, embarked air wings, and aviator training units, it applies advanced data science to identify and highlight trends and areas of concern in performance. Handwriting recognition (OCR) allows LSOs to maintain their familiar CONOPS while gaining benefits from the tools. Collaboration with the user community has created familiar and intuitive visualizations. LSO DAT provides improved capability to the fleet as a standalone tool, and is ready to be integrated into data analysis suites and enterprise data systems. BGI is an innovative veteran-owned business that merges expertise of engineers, data scientists, and operational analysts to provide key innovations to the warfighter.
Ecological Advanced Support Interface Toolkit for Heads-Up Attention to Improve Warfighter Knowledge (EASI-HAWK) enables better spatial orientation through natural visual and auditory cues that extend beyond the foveal visual system; seamlessly transitioning pilots from aided to unaided vision. EASI-HAWK, an auxiliary toolkit, supports head-up displays (HUDs) and head-mounted displays (HMDs) under development for the F/A-18 and F-35 variants, enhancing pilot effectiveness. Charles River Analytics, a leading provider of innovative R&D solutions for increasingly complex and important human-systems challenges seeks integration with HUDs and HMDs and EASI-HAWK’s visualization display components with a number of military aircraft and land vehicles. The underlying display design principles provide benefits for guiding effective display criteria to support remotely piloted and pilot-optional aircraft, as well as augmented display devices for private and commercial pilots.
This superconducting electronics company offers design, development, fabrication, testing and packaging services for their digital Radio Frequency (RF) product-lines. The goal of the Phase II is to develop a cryogenic digital readout scheme of cryogenic microwave kinetic inductance detector (MKID) arrays, using superconductor analog-to-digital converter (ADC) technology. The application of this technology (ADC’s ) to the MKID array has the potential to scale back or eliminate the most power hungry component (the HEMT amplifier) in current read out systems and allow the number of pixels in the array to grow, improving image resolution and field of view. The concurrent ADC improvements will improve the HYPRES Advanced Digital Receivers ability to contribute to spectral dominance in naval multi-function RF applications, including communications, Electronic Warfare (EW), Intelligence, Surveillance (target identification), Reconnaissance (ISR) and Radar.
Current Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) systems typically require a human in the loop to offload the data; Trident’s Enhanced Autonomous Condition-Based Network (EACBN) is designed to automate retrieving CBM data both inside and outside the wire through a full download of parametric data and periodic health snapshots. A Semantic Syntactic Data Diode (S2D2) will securely isolate the CBM data collection, enabling cross-domain transmission to blue force tracking. The system has been fully prototyped and completed hardware-in-the-loop testing. Trident Systems Inc. employs a world-class team that delivers technology solutions that make a difference in the areas of Integrated Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I), radio frequency (RF) Electronics, and Assured Collaboration Systems. The EACBN’s goal is to integrate it directly into Program of Record platforms to streamline the collection of bulk CBM data DoD-wide.
Realistic training for warfighters is a high priority, particularly for building convincing simulations involving force-on-force situations. Creative Microsystems Corporation (CMC) is developing a wearable helmet mounted Holographic Enabled Display System (HEDS) for Marine force-on-force training. The innovative design surpasses all currently available see-through near-to-eye and AR displays for field of view (FOV), brightness, and resolution. HEDS will have daylight usability and an ultra-wide field of view based on CMC’s holographic imageguide design. The display enhances the users' situational awareness (SA) by presenting high density visual information in a manner that does not detract from their natural perception of their surroundings. Creative Microsystems has extensive experience in optical engineering, patented holographic display design and fabrication and a history of robust designs delivered to the military.
ARC is BGI’s powerful toolset that identifies key trends in recorded maintenance data. Actionable reports enable Condition Based Maintenance+ objectives, increasing operational availability while reducing workload. ARC integrates into any maintenance infrastructure. In use by the H-53E Fleet Support Team, enhancements are in development to support additional platforms. A plug-in architecture and user-scripting capability allow adaptation to a range of platforms and applications. “Field,” “Analyst” and “Enterprise” configurations provide common tools at all levels. User feedback shaped ARC to be useful upon delivery, optimal with moderate configuration. ARC is an ideal solution for identifying health trends in support of predictive maintenance for any military or commercial fleet. BGI is an innovative, veteran-owned business, merging expertise of engineers, data scientists, and operational analysts to support warfighters.
The integration of disparate technologies in Systems of Systems (SoS) is complex, costly and resource intensive. Skayl’s PHENOM + CinC (Configurable infrastructure Capability) provides integration scalability, flexibility, dependability, security and value. PHENOM is a software-based integration ecosystem providing interoperability solutions for mission-critical, real-time data communication including aviation, command & control, medical devices, and smart cities. PHENOM’s advanced semantic architecture enables automated data discovery and a unique, fully configurable integration infrastructure. Phase II is complete, and Phase III negotiations are underway. Skayl’s principals are subject matter experts heavily involved in the leadership of architectures and standards including the FACE™ Technical Standard, UCS, NATO STANAG (Standardization Agreement) 4586 and other STANAGs. Skayl’s goal is to provide the government with tools that enable rapid, cost-effective integration and testing for application in mission-critical, real-time data communications.
Net-centric fleet operations generate an abundance of health and status data that can require skilled engineers to interpret to identify and isolate failing systems (Tier III support). DATEM, a TRL-8 machine learning system targeting Ship's Signals Exploitation Equipment (SSEE) Increment F, instantly pinpoints failed ship sub-component (e.g., DATEM automatically identifies 91% of failures) just from ships’ health and status signals, enabling Tier I technicians to resolve Tier III-level troubleshooting. This results in quicker, more accurate failure resolutions at lower tiers of support, which maximizes up-time, increases operational availability, and lowers costs. For 35+ years Charles River Analytics has been solving critical DoD research and operational problems using Artificial Intelligence. Beyond deploying to SSEE, we aim to solve other Navy critical health and status data understanding problems by adapting DATEM to new systems.
NAVAIR seeks to replace the current Landing Signal Officer Display System (LSODS) monitor and physical button design with a ruggedized touchscreen featuring a reconfigurable physical button-like haptic response. This project aims to create a LSODS haptic overlay touchscreen with tactile/haptic feedback built in that can be integrated to upgrade legacy systems and future rugged touchscreen designs. These haptic touchscreens will provide a simplified user interface, provide a method for users to verify they are hovering over an actual software button and to trust that their entries will be made whether they are distracted or wearing gloves. Suitable for integration into rugged screens used by the DOD and Industry, the software will allow designers to easily assign and manipulate haptic feel for user interface (UI) buttons/widgets to create truly scalable and customizable systems.
The CLIPBoard is a tablet-based ruggedized electronic replacement for the Navy’s paper-based supply management processes. Its embedded barcode scanner and ability to work away from “the cloud” provides transaction-based FIAR compliance even during disconnected logistics operations. Premier Solutions HI LLC (PSHI) has combined current system capabilities with Fleet and Sailor inputs to shape a sailor-oriented solution that exceeds operational requirements. The CLIPBoard is targeted for transition into NOSS (Naval Operational Supply System), the new USFFC and NAVWAR logistics management system currently under acquisition. The CLIPBoard’s connected and disconnected operations will free sailors and logistics operators from manual data entry while providing users and commanders with role-based up-to-date views of critical supply metrics wherever they go.
United States military personnel face many of the same health, wellness and readiness challenges as elite professional athletes and performers. 90% of military, non-combat musculoskeletal injuries are related to physical training. The Navy desires to maximize warrior readiness by monitoring human performance factors and provide training programs that increase performance and reduce the risk of injury. Based on the industry-leading CoachMePlus sports performance technology, Warrior Performance Platform (WP2tm) is a configurable tool that centralizes and analyzes nutrition, performance and recovery data and leverages wearable fitness device data to enable leadership to continuously evaluate, adjust and optimize unit and individual performance. For this initiative we will demonstrate the viability of the WP2tm platform to improve factors related to human performance while curtailing chronic overuse / stress-related injuries.
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.
The Sera Star Systems / AVOX team has developed a High-Performance Oxygen Mask (HPM) Retrofit Kit for the current US Navy MBU-23/P series masks used on today’s high-performance, On-Board Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS)-equipped fighter aircraft and trainers. Our retrofit kit incorporates an innovative face piece and other mask fit technologies designed to accommodate a larger anthropometric group, thereby increasing mask discipline, endurance, and performance while decreasing the likelihood of physiological events (e.g., Hypoxia). Our strategy leverages the Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) process as an attractive alternative to developing a new oxygen mask, which would be a much lengthier and costlier approach.
Mentis Sciences Inc. is developing a lightweight, thermally managed, universal electronics enclosure for manned and unmanned rotorcraft. The system is designed for a payload of up to 175lbs. Mentis employs a unique combination of New England ingenuity and subject matter expertise to engineer composite solutions for the Automotive, Defense, Aerospace, and Medical industries. Initial targeted platforms for the pod will include electronics packages for Naval rotorcraft. Using the modular enclosure means new sensor packages can avoid flight qualification tests. By the conclusion of Phase II, a prototype will be delivered for ground-based testing and evaluation. The goal for this technology is to reduce the time to field new electronic and sensor systems in this quickly evolving field.
MinAu is an advanced software solution for the maritime environment that addresses current and future mission needs by creating optimized operating directives for teams of different autonomous, cooperative, agent-based vehicles. By employing collaboration strategies, these teams can maximize their mission effectiveness in dynamic environments (where conditions may not be known at deployment) by adapting their behaviors when unanticipated situations are encountered. Unlike current systems, MinAu’s novel algorithms minimize energy expenditure and data exchange between assets when mission operational behaviors are adapted. Use of open community standards significantly eases integration with existing/future systems. Applicable missions include seafloor mapping, mine detection/mitigation, and port/hull inspection. MinAu is derived from Orbit Logic's operationally proven software products, which execute missions faster, with fewer resources, more insight, and less risk.
Navy system operators must protect their software applications from cyber-attacks without impacting the performance of mission-critical systems. Detecting Anomalies in Application Memory Space (DAAMS) is a machine learning enabled software framework that efficiently monitors application memory spaces to automatically detect and report known and unknown cyber-attacks as they occur. DAAMS is primarily designed to detect cyber-attacks on Navy ship-based systems such as AEGIS and SSDS, yet it can be applied to any system that may be vulnerable to attacks on application memory, including real-time and embedded systems. Charles River has over 30 years of steady growth providing innovative, cost-effective solutions through intelligent systems R&D. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and prime contractor systems to increase protection from cyber threats.
SonoWatch is an autonomous acoustic lookout system designed to detect and identify navigation signals defined in the US Coast Guard Navigation Manual. The system detects, localizes, and determines the navigation meaning of the signal. The initial deployment for SonoWatch will be unmanned surface vessels (USV). SonoWatch is designed around a versatile hardware platform ruggedized for harsh maritime environments that can be expanded through future software updates. McQ will develop new sensing capabilities and features to meet the future requirements of the Navy and other potential customers. McQ specializes in low power electronics design, efficient communications, advanced algorithm development, and wireless video management solutions. McQ will transition this technology into acoustic array detection applications both maritime and land-based.
Virtualization has the potential to increase cyber resiliency for Navy combat systems by providing flexible system configurations that can adapt to degraded performance conditions. Vendor and combat system agnostic virtual resource management and performance analysis tools are necessary to reach this potential. Innovative Defense Technologies (IDT) designs, develops and delivers solutions that enable the rapid delivery of warfare capabilities for the DOD. A sustained competitive advantage is achieved through vendor-agnostic management of virtual resources and reliable, real-time performance assessment capability that is normalized on system events, configurable to any combat system. This technology will be applied to AEGIS and SSDS to validate the innovation by 2021, available for transition to government and contractors desiring to leverage virtualization for increased cyber resiliency.
The capabilities of large undersea unmanned vehicles (UUV) for long-range covert missions can be compromised by periodic resurfacing to snorkel depth to recharge, and noise from diesel-electric motors. Giner’s Non Flow Through Fuel Cell eliminates the need for external water management components, and utilizes compact hydrogen storage in the form of solid sodium borohydride. The performance of the fuel cell has been verified in NASA and DARPA programs, and on commercial contracts. In addition, an advanced prototype of the hydrogen storage technology was successfully tested by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). This lightweight, compact, high-density power plant eliminates the need to surface, and is silent. Giner provides electrochemical solutions to the toughest business and operational problems. We seek a partnership with a prime contractor to integrate this system into target vessel designs.
Intraband manufactures high power, reliable, and efficient mid-infrared (IR) semiconductor lasers based on its patented Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology. Our initial targets for Intraband QCLs are directed infrared-countermeasure (DIRCM) systems including the Department of Navy’s Large Aircraft Infrared Counter-Measure system (LAIRCM) deployed on large helicopters and other systems. Intraband is interested in defense applications such as remote chem/bio sensing and covert communications. In 2018, we published the highest continuous-wave (CW) output power, 2.6W, for a metal-organic-chemical-vapor-deposition-grown QCL and continue to innovate via new programs in the areas of ultra-high efficiency and brightness, surface emission, and QCL arrays. We plan to sell to DIRCM manufacturers and seek partners to aid in ramping production, and to develop module manufacturing capabilities, and new application opportunities.
Triton is developing a capability for the Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) that will straighten the array and improve its acoustic performance. Towed arrays are idealized as straight lines in the water, but the ocean environment disturbs the system and makes it difficult to maximize the arrays’ capability. Triton is developing breakthrough technologies and products for US Navy Ocean Systems. Triton’s competitive advantage is provided by software and control algorithms underlying this technology. In Phase II, modeling and simulation has been conducted and prototype testing is ongoing. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology into Navy towed array systems.
Triton Systems' High Optical Power Hull Penetrator is a key technology to deliver high optical power to submarine systems. Special fibers are used to mitigate issues seen in attempting to put high electromagnetic energy through fiber in a submarine. The penetrator allows more power to be delivered to a submarine system while decreasing risk to the rest of the submarine architecture by using proven hull penetrators. Triton System Inc. has a wide ranging expertise in underwater vehicle systems engineering and ultimately would like for the technology to be purchased by prime contractors for integration into submarines. As a technology incubator, Triton has helped deliver over $4 billion in shareholder value.
Boron nano-fuel is an engineered combination of boron nanoparticles (BNPs) and synthetic missile fuel designed to increase the range of Navy weapon systems. Advanced Cooling Technologies Inc. (ACT) specializes in heat transfer research with extensive experience in converting SBIR projects for the US government. The US Navy has keen interest in BNP-fuel due to its higher volumetric energy density. Unlike synthetically engineering fuels, using BNP additives enables fuel enhancement without significantly increasing fuel viscosity. Specifically, ACT has demonstrated a 1.3 cP change in viscosity from an 8% BNP mixture with JP-10, while simultaneously achieving a 10% increase in energy density. The ultimate goal is to transition this technology to prime contractors for the mass-production of BNP-enhanced fuels.
Vadum has developed a Distributed Coherent Electronic Warfare (DCEW) protocol that enables swarms of size, weight, and power constrained nodes to collectively jam an uncooperative target. Beamforming is achieved with minimal latency and overhead, and no dependence on node positions or numbers. This system can be integrated into Group I-III unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to perform stand-in jamming, but is flexible for use in any distributed beamforming application such as covert communications. Initial benchtop testing has verified success of the DCEW protocol. Vadum specializes in developing advanced hardware, sensors, and algorithms for surface and airborne systems used by the electronic warfare community. Our goal is to integrate this technology on a prime contractor’s UAS system as one of several payloads for swarm-based applications.