PEI, located south of Lincoln, Nebraska, specializes in composite design and manufacturing. To improve the fuel efficiency while also improving ride quality and water performance of Marine Corps amphibious vehicles, PEI has identified various metallic structures which can be redesigned using composite materials to reduce weight of propulsion/drive system parts by 30%, design a hydrodynamically shaped composite extendable bow vane (flap) and drag reducing stern flaps, and reduce corrosion maintenance efforts. Risk is already diminished through the completion of design and analysis of a composite torsion shaft, winding trials to evaluate ply-thickness and band density of various fibers and resins, and fabrication of a full-scale composite torsion bar. PEI plans to provide finished parts to the Marine Corps for installation during maintenance operations and the prime contractor during vehicle production.
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.
In response to the Navy’s desires to acquire electrocardiogram (ECG) and other physiological measurements on divers underwater, Quantum Applied Science and Research (QUASAR) is developing waterproof electrodes and other sensors for a Diver Biometric Device (DBD) to provide ECG, respiration, skin temperature, activity and other measurements in saltwater and at depth. QUASAR is a world leader in noninvasive biosensing systems, created by integrating our sensors with precision hardware and sophisticated algorithms. The first DBD wireless belt prototype is complete and will be validated in this Phase II program. QUASAR seeks partners to transition the Phase II system with QUASAR providing design support. QUASAR has manufacturing capability for small orders, but needs support for volume production.
VRR’s Fused Augmented Realities with Synthetic Vision (FAR/SV) software module enables operational enhancements of situational awareness as well as supporting faster/better decision making for Close Air Support and Call For Fire missions. Innovative visualizations include 3D Splash Zones, along with ‘Instant SA’ which solves challenges of accurately and rapidly perceiving if friendlies are inside or outside danger zones (i.e., Risk Estimation Distances);‘Instant SA’ visualizations are especially beneficial overcoming long-standing problems faced by JFO/JTAC (Joint Fires Observer/Joint Terminal Attack Controller) performing mission hampered by being within the same 2D plane as the target(s); Entirely new classes of MiniMaps with Gaze Guidance Lines which intuitively link 2D map objects to the same objects within the AR-enhanced 3D real-world. FAR/SV software runs on a variety of platforms and devices along with user-selectable options ranging from inexpensive COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf) AR-HMDs, Military Grade HMDs/Monoculars, HoloLens, HoloLens2, and other new emerging hardware such as ONR/USMC Warfighter Augmented Reality (WAR) system and Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) Program of Record.
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.
Cardinal Engineering, a system survivability and shock qualification engineering firm, has developed a design and qualification software tool that can be used by equipment suppliers or Navy Approval Authorities to evaluate new COLUMBIA Class equipment designs for shock survivability in order to reduce design hours and ensure a new item is capable of achieving shock qualification by extension. The prototype software tool, termed Comparative Design Assessment Tool (CDAT), compares and assesses designs for new equipment relative to designs of equipment that have already achieved shock qualification by guiding the user through shock qualification by extension logic found within MIL-S-901D Interim Change #2. CDAT takes a complicated technical ship specification and turns it into a simple software tool that a non-expert can use.
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.
Current hydraulic actuators come significant problems; oil needs vigilant servicing to fight off leaks while contamination and low system efficiency can cause thermal issues. A transition to more efficient electric actuation is needed in multiple applications, specifically for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV). Continental Controls and Design (CC&D) provides state of the art proven integrated actuation solutions with unmatched force density. CC&D's Electric Actuation System (EAS) is a miniature three-inch system that can produce 10,000 pounds of force in a completely integrated product, weighing about 11 pounds with continuous force capability equivalent to a hydraulic system. Our pressure vessel demonstrator allows high fidelity endurance testing with arbitrary force, speed and pressure profiles with a self-contained push/pull actuator pair. CC&D's goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and prime contractor systems for facilitating low cost and reliable actuation.
Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. is developing a composite standardized payload canister to support rapid integration of payloads into the Virginia Class Submarines. Our design incorporates universal connections and fittings that interface between the individual payload tubes within the payload canister and the host ship’s electrical, hydraulic, data, flood/drain, and structural connections to facilitate the integration of a variety of payloads. Composite materials offer benefits related to corrosion resistance, reduced weight, acoustic dampening, vibration dampening, and faster manufacturing processes. New materials, architectures, and consolidation processes are expected to meet performance requirements, effect life cycle cost reductions, and maintain required production rates. Once the chief components have been designed, documented, manufactured and tested at the end of the Phase II Base effort, a full-scale canister will be fabricated for evaluation of material, process, and structure capabilities.
By integrating ultrasonics with a 5-axis machine a process was developed that reduces fabrication costs of sapphire hyper-hemispherical windows for photonic masts. Meller Optics Inc. is world a renowned manufacturer of sapphire precision optical components. The targeted program is for a non-rotational AMPPM (Affordable-Modular-Panoramic-Photonics-Mast) sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. The Ultrasonic machining platform adjusts power with a closed loop feedback mechanism that maintains optimal amplitude. The diamond grinding tool used under ultrasonic conditions reduce grinding forces which reduce part breakage risk. The tool maintains geometric shape longer than conventional grinding/machining methods, making the process robust and deterministic. The Navy’s photonics mast contractor, L3 KEO, as well as other Primes looking to produce platforms requiring sapphire windows, such as shipboard EO sensors and hypersonic vehicles, would use this process to reduce costs.
Ballistic Devices Inc. has developed and successfully demonstrated a high voltage capacitor technology capable of supporting less than 100ns charge and discharge times in the 8000 to 80000 volt range suitable for resonance, DC block and pulse shaping applications. Our company designs and develops high fidelity electronic components for extreme applications. The ability for our capacitors to rapidly charge and discharge high currents (>1000A) combined with our large component values, enable higher energy systems in a more compact form. By using the latest in materials technology and innovative material qualification methods, we have developed reliable, large capacitance, light-weight, high energy density capacitors that are temperature stable and ideally suited for use in pulse power systems in high power radio frequency applications
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.
Metamagnetics designs and manufactures magnetic signal conditioning and antenna products. We recently developed a compact conformal very high frequency (VHF) / ultra-high frequency (UHF) azimuthal omnidirectional transmit/receive antenna. The antenna bandwidth is 350-700 MHz but can be scaled for other frequency bands. This antenna has a significantly lower profile (4”) than conventional dipole antennas (~16”) and can be mounted directly to a metallic surface while maintaining omnidirectional performance. The result is a significant reduction in visual signature with this antenna. The antenna can be mounted on the surface of platforms such as airplanes, Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Humvees, and man-packs. Our goal is to integrate this antenna into government and prime contractor communication systems to reduce their visual signature while maintaining performance.
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.
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.
Improving shipboard landings in high sea state conditions for varying class of autonomous vehicles remains a constant challenge for the US Navy. Our modular solution provides a completely general framework with applicability to rotorcraft and fixed wing UAS operations. The system involves two primary components: 1) a predictive deck motion estimation (DME) algorithm, and 2) a swappable guidance and control algorithm. The framework has been flown and verified on multiple unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Systems Technology, Inc. has addressed the Navy shipboard approach and landing problem for both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft over its 60-year history through advanced flight control designs, handling qualities assessments, ship motion projection, and Improved Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (IFLOLS) stabilization. Our goal is to transition this technology by integrating our DME algorithm with prime contractor platforms existing guidance systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seatrec’s thermal energy harvesting systems exploit small temperature differences within the ocean to generate electric power. This essentially-infinite environmental power source enables underwater platforms, sensors, and vehicles to transcend the endurance limitations of traditional storage batteries while reducing operations and maintenance costs and enhancing safety and environmental stewardship. Compared to traditional and sometimes hazardous energy storage methods (primary and rechargeable batteries, seawater batteries, fuel cells, and diesel generators) environmental energy sources offer increased endurance and reduced logistical complexity. Thermal energy harvesting can be effective underwater, at night, at high polar latitudes, and in situations where other environmental sources such as wind or solar are unavailable, inappropriate, or tactically undesirable. Phase II laboratory development has demonstrated fundamental proof-of-concept and ongoing research will result in increased power output. Our goal is to engage in early-stage field trials with a defense contractor developing capabilities for persistent underwater monitoring, including underwater sensing, communications and UUV networks.
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.
This technology enables surface ship Ka-band communications links with Low and Medium Earth Orbit (LEO/MEO) satellites by developing a radome-integrated Ka-band transmit antenna system for Commercial Broadband Antenna Program (CBSP). A radome integrated antenna system implemented with additively manufacture frequency selective surface (FSS) based radiating elements is developed; this approach enables the new Ka-band transmit capability while maintaining existing CBSP system functionality. SI2 Technologies (SI2) focuses on antenna and array systems, Frequency Selective Surfaces, structural honeycomb absorbers, flexible hybrid electronics and additive manufacturing in support of the Department of Defense. Targeted defense applications include existing radomes on surface ships and submarines. SI2’s prior work in antenna design and development is directly applicable to this task and mitigates development risk. SI2 is always looking for partners as the technology matures.
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.
Casualty power is critical to sustainment of mission capabilities. There is currently no way to restore medium voltage direct current power to zones isolated by damage. Our technology will provide a safe, lightweight and affordable way to solve that problem. This modular system can be scaled to lower voltage direct current applications, significantly improving utility and safety. We demonstrated system technical feasibility and designed it to reduce personnel hazards while maintaining or increasing deployment speed compared to existing 450VAC systems. We bring portability and safety: a team of personnel composed of sailors of average size and strength can rig the system, in a worst case scenario, within 30 minutes. The system has safety features that do not exist in current US Navy casualty power systems.
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.
Lynntech is developing practical all solid-state (PASS) batteries with enhanced safety and performance for military aircraft and other applications. Lynntech has significant experience developing advanced batteries. for military and commercial applications. PASS batteries utilize core-shell electrodes and high conductivity solid electrolytes. These features provide a clear competitive advantage over current Lithium batteries based on improved safety/abuse tolerance and cycle life, in addition to high energy and power densities. The F/A-18 & EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265) is an initial transition target as the sponsoring program office, while Air Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems Program Office (PMA-264) has shown interest to support efforts by the Electrical Power branch within NAWCAD to begin an assessment for the potential for a post-Phase II initiative. Lynntech has performed both lab-scale and scaled-up electrode/electrolyte preparations, including cell fabrication and evaluation, which demonstrated the capability of PASS batteries to meet the Navy’s requirements.
Early detection of lithium battery faults provides critical warning before these issues evolve into more hazardous situations, such as fire, toxic off-gassing, or catastrophic failure. Lynntech is developing an early warning fault indication system (EWFIS) with low volume, weight, and energy. It provides high speed monitoring at the cell level along with system performance monitoring, triggering an alarm when a battery fault precursor is detected. Lynntech has significant experience in developing lithium batteries, miniature chemical sensors, and integrated electronics. EWFIS can be adapted to many battery packages and chemistries, including Li-ion batteries in Navy’s UUVs and submarines. EWFIS prototypes have been successfully designed, fabricated, and tested for monitoring Li-ion batteries (8 or 32 cells). The ultimate transition goal for this technology is government and prime contractor systems for monitoring lithium batteries, increasing safety and reliability.
Dakota Ridge R&D is developing, prototyping, and patenting a passive shipboard capabilitiy to characterize refractivity environments, temperature, and water vapor vertical distributions. This rapid-cycle low size, weight and power (SWAP), low-maintenance device leverages oceanic horizon and upward high-resolution long-wave infrared images to characterize thermal structures (radio/RADAR ducting) into refractivity, meteorological temperature, and relative humidity profiles. Dakota Ridge’s capability supports acquisition of rapid sequence observations in the vicinity of the ship, to predict battlespace EM/EO propagation characteristics. Currently, no other passive/covert technology produces such resolute results. Extensive modeling and processing of CASPER West R/V Sally Ride Sea Trial observational data has been leveraged to demonstrate the technology’s viability. Dakota Ridge has an established strategic partnership and is collaborating with Ball Aerospace to support development and integration.
A Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) Call Processing payload capable of deployment at Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to enable extended ultra-high frequency (UHF) satellite communication (SATCOM) coverage to the Polar Regions, while utilizing existing terminals is needed. The MUOS extender “Mighty MUOSe” is a demonstrated 2U MUOS CubeSat Payload, which fills this need and supports network data services. W5 Technologies is a telecommunication company driving commercial cellular to the tactical edge. Other applications for this technology include other cellular technologies, such as Long-Term Evolution (LTE), deployment at LEO. A deployed constellation of Mighty MUOSes provide sustained competitive advantage, eliminating coverage dead-zones and providing increased communication spot capacity. The ultimate goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government for constellation deployment and expanding persistent MUOS coverage to the North Pole.
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.
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.
Applied Optimization, Inc. (AO) is developing an Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) solidification science-based additive manufacturing (AM) framework for multi-scale thermal and microstructure modeling, melt pool thermal-fluid flow analysis, thermodynamic and kinetic models, and a cellular automata (CA) framework. The dynamics of solidification interface velocity will be modeled using interface response function theory to predict the material inhomogeneities caused by the phase selection phenomena and the AM scan strategy. The evolution of the solidification front will be traced within the CA grid to predict the solidification grain growth and orientation and the sub-grain morphology and texture. AO seeks to identify DoD Prime contractor and Programs focused on AM to include powder bed AM process optimization for the mitigation of build defects and microstructure inhomogeneities.
The Theater Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) Contextual Reasoning application (TASW-CR) presents a set of threat submarine mission objectives to watch floor analysts, enabling them to use available information to evaluate and weight likely mission objectives. Using these mission objectives and contextual information such as weather, geographic features, state of hostilities, and location of blue forces, combined with sparse contact information on submarine and other hostile forces, TASW-CR produces constrained estimates, probability distributions, on the threat submarine’s present and future state. Probability distributions are produced by a non-linear Bayesian tracker, capable of employing probabilistic motion models representing the mission objectives identified by the analyst. Incorporating contextual information with sparse contact information reduces the area of uncertainty (AOU) for the present and future state of the threat submarine.
Virtual training of small unit leaders requires many additional personnel to serve in lower level roles. DeepAgent solves this problem by providing high skill level, realistic virtual humans in training simulations. This system has been prototyped and automatically learned behaviors for virtual humans in a simple simulation. DeepAgent can be integrated with a variety of simulations and automatically creates high performance, realistic behaviors for virtual humans at low cost. SoarTech has over twenty years of experience working with the military to develop behaviors for virtual training simulations and autonomous platforms. Our goal is to integrate DeepAgent with government and prime contractor virtual training simulations used for small unit infantry leader training. Additionally, we plan to apply this technology to develop behaviors for autonomous platforms.
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.
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.
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.
Candent Technologies is an innovative, lean, Indiana, USA, company focused on the development of highly efficient, high power density, low cost, propulsion and power systems. Under ONR STTR sponsorship, Candent is developing an advanced technology axial flow waterjet propulsion system designed as a “bolt on” replacement for the lower unit of the existing MFE55 outboard motor used on the Combat Raiding Rubber Craft (CRRC), an inflatable boat made by Zodiac and Wing (with similar commercial versions made by them and several other manufacturers), and used by SOCOM, USMC, Navy, USCG, Army, and Air Force (AFSOC). The system incorporates a high efficiency, low cavitation impeller to reduce the acoustic signature of the system, and to provide improvements in maximum speed, range, and boat draft capability.
Deep learning can exploit high dimensional data in tracking systems to improve snippet screening and reduce latency of contact follower creation and classification. A robust machine learning capability will improve the performance of the active off board sensors deployed from on the P-8A aircraft; increasing the speed of its search mission. Signal Systems Corporation (SSC) is a small business specializing in signal processing for distributed acoustic sensors able to provide machine learning capabilities to platforms that are informed by deep domain knowledge of underwater acoustics, multistatic sonar, and tracking. The risk of performance degradation in operation is being mitigated by segregating representative flights from the normal process of training and evaluation. SSC seeks to integrate this technology into existing field level detection and tracking systems as either a primary or a sub-contractor.
For environments utilizing recycled air, like the upcoming Columbia-class submarine, respirated carbon dioxide (CO2) can accumulate to unsafe levels unless it is actively removed. Owing to their simplicity, regenerable solid adsorbents are being increasingly applied to mission critical CO2 scrubbing applications. Diamine-appended metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) display high CO2 loadings yet require milder regeneration conditions, leading to both increased space and energy efficiencies when compared to existing technologies. Mosaic Materials has identified a diamine-appended MOF adsorbent formulation yielding high CO2 removal rates with long-term performance stability testing underway. Adoption of advances adsorbents as drop-in replacements with existing life support systems enables increased crew sizes or mission times. Our goal is to sell this technology to the government for deployment into existing and future life support applications.
High fidelity radio frequency (RF) link analysis requires in-situ antenna radiation patterns be utilized; consequently, EMAG, has developed a very fast, state-of-the-art, 3D polarimetric ray tracing solver that’ll interface with commercially available antenna modeling software and provide comprehensive electromagnetic propagation effects as well as a three-dimensional space availability analysis necessary for evaluating RF system performance. It simulates networks of aerial nodes in real-world scenarios imported from geographical information system (GIS) databases, creating computationally efficient system simulators for dynamic modeling of aerial links, whereby yaw, pitch and roll of the aircraft can be varied dynamically during flight missions. This module is integrated in to the commercially available EM.Cube®, an industry-recognized simulation suite for electromagnetic modeling of RF system engineering problems, which is already used by those in the government, industry, and academia.
Grid Logic has developed a technology for rapidly fusing thermoplastic components to create high-performance seals and joints for demanding applications. The non-contact welder could be adapted for a wide variety of irregular/inaccessible joint types. In December 2018, Raytheon used the Grid Logic’s SBIR prototypes for Navy tests to validate seal performance under high pressure water environment in which sensitive devices were sealed for long-term operation on the ocean floor. Tests substantially exceeded performance targets. The company showed potential for reducing processing time from hours to minutes and equipment costs from over $1 million to the low $100,000s. Grid Logic develops manufacturing and repair technologies. The company will offer thermoplastic welders and certified components to defense and commercial customers. It expects that its systems will be used by prime contractors as part of high-performance solutions.
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.
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.
The Planar Doppler Velocimetry (PDV) system measures airflow velocity, such as in the exhaust plume of a jet engine. MetroLaser is a leading developer of laser-based instrumentation for a wide range of defense and industrial problems. Like particle image velocimetry (PIV), PDV provides spatially resolved measurements, but unlike PIV it does not require adding particles in many practical flows. The MetroLaser PDV system is hardened for outdoor use in full-scale aircraft testing. Since it is a non-contact method, it does not disturb the flow field or suffer from probe survivability issues. Demonstrations on a lab-scale turbojet engine showed good agreement with measurements from a pitot probe. MetroLaser is seeking customers for indoor/outdoor airflow velocity measurement services that include setup, conducting experiments, processing data, reporting, and sales of complete PDV systems.
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.
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.
WRT developed an advanced, efficient and integrated technology for detection and characterization of obscured seabed targets. Deployed on inspection-class remotely operated vehicles (ROV), the system integrates high-sensitivity miniaturized-magnetometers (MAG) for standoff target detection and 3D electromagnetics (EM) for target identification. This technology addresses obscured sub-bottom targets in cluttered seabed environments, where acoustics technologies have limited capabilities, and fills mine countermeasures (MCM), unexploded ordnance (UXO) and improvised explosive device (IED) detection performance gaps. The combined MAG and 3D-EM system is tightly integrated on an inspection-class ROV, deployed from multiple vessels, including rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIB)s. This provides the warfighter a flexible and low-cost solution to various detection challenges. WRT is a small business with advanced capabilities for integration of advanced miniaturized geophysical sensors and realtime processing on unmanned platform.
Q-Peak has developed fiber connectors which achieve low loss at record power levels. Q-Peak Inc. is a small business located in Bedford, MA with over 30 years’ experience delivering laser components and systems, including pulsed and continuous wave sources spanning ultra-violet to infrared. Q-Peak will deliver mid-IR fiber connectors with improved power handling for military aerospace air vehicle fiber networks. Using materials developed at the Naval Research Laboratory, Q-Peak has created a proprietary process which prevents stray light from harming sensitive optical components. Having demonstrated that optical characteristics of the fiber are unharmed by its process, Q-Peak is conducting high power testing. Q-Peak is seeking commercial and government partners to invest in and integrate its connectors into high power fiber laser products.
The Navy needed a fast rise time High Power Radio Frequency (HPRF) pulse shaping tool to augment its capabilities for lethality and counter-electronics testing; consequently, Verus Research created a family of plasma switches that integrate into existing HPRF sources enabling pulse shaping beyond the original source capabilities. It meets the Navy’s requirements by allowing for existing slow rise, long pulse systems to generate a fast rise, “dial-a-pulse” capability, augmenting existing capabilities, providing an inexpensive modification to Navy test facilities sources, as opposed to acquiring multiple new sources at potentially millions of dollars in additional expenses. It meets the need of any application requiring adjustable pulse width for high power, fast rise time, PRF testing, including electronics effects testing, antenna testing, or modeling of RF coupling.
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.
The Navy utilizes polymer-bound energetic materials for warheads, propellants, and pyrotechnics. Properties like mechanical strength, pot-life, processing, and cure times are either key features or challenging impediments. Advances in additive manufacturing utilizing diverse materials can be leveraged to perform formulation testing and rapid prototyping of unique energetic formulations. This enables potential fast-tracked scale-up processes for the direct manufacture of warheads, propellants, and pyrotechnics. Lynntech has experience developing novel feedstocks for additive manufacturing and working with energetics; we are developing photo-curable and multi-stage cured polymer/binder systems for COTS 3D printer rapid prototyping (print, cure, and testing) of explosive formulations. These unique 3D printable feedstocks can be integrated into development and manufacturing processes utilized by government and prime contractors for testing and production of energetics.
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.
Triton is developing an oil-free “frying” technology to replace the deep fat fryer currently used on Navy submarines. It uses controlled dynamic radiant heating to produce the same heat flux profile that occurs in deep frying, resulting in sensory acceptability equal to deep frying. This technology will replace the deep fat fryer currently used in submarine galleys including the Ohio and Virginia classes and the new Columbia class. It is a drop-in replacement with the same footprint and power requirement. Several generations of developmental prototypes have been built to incrementally build confidence in our technical approach, component selections and control strategy. Triton Systems is a developer of breakthrough technologies and products supporting DoD and commercial requirements. We conceptualize, research, and develop ideas that provide market-driven solutions.
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.
Lack of real-time prognostics leads to inefficiencies in preventative and corrective maintenance resulting in wasted resources, increased cost, and reduced mission readiness. SNAPPR is a hardware health-monitoring tool that provides real-time prediction of faults and system health, using these predictions to recommend maintenance actions enhance mission readiness and control costs. SNAPPR technology is modular and extensible, simplifying application to other systems requiring preventative and corrective maintenance. SNAPPR is being demonstrated on the Aegis Radar sub-system and undergoing functional verification. Charles River Analytics is an applied S&T company that works in many areas of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Cognitive Systems Engineering with applications ranging from robotics, sensor processing, and autonomous system to decision assistance, interactive training, and advanced human interfaces and visualizations. The ultimate goal is to integrate and transition this technology to the prime contractor for the Aegis radar.
Maintaining operator skills on the Navy’s AN/SQQ-89A (V) 15 (SQQ-89) sonar system requires supervised training with instructor feedback. Creative Technologies Inc. ‘s (CTI) SQQ-89 Gamification Capability (SGC) will automate this with software combining three features. Experts train a machine learning (ML) expert module which measures student performance interpreted by a second ML module. A synthetic ocean, Just Add Water Simulation (JAWS), is used to create training scenarios. Phase II proof-of-concept prototypes have validated the ML technical approach. CTI specializes in serious game and ML algorithm development. SGC is intended for the SQQ-89 program of record. SGC modules can be used to measure performance in tactical systems and training aids; JAWS can serve as a simulation driver in a broad range of virtual environments throughout the DoD.
Existing uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) for naval applications typically use large batteries with excessive holdup time for bus-transfer events on submarines. PC Krause and Associates (PCKA), a company specializing in electromechanical and thermal dynamics of integrated systems including power electronic converters rated up to hundreds of kilowatts, is developing a UPS that utilizes wide-bandgap semiconductors and high power-density energy storage to fit a 40 kW UPS with ≥100 ms of holdup into a 4U height, 19 in. rack-mount enclosure. Prototype hardware has been constructed that demonstrated key subsystems and operating modes. The initial target application is power holdup for critical loads on modern submarines; however, the technology is adaptable to other UPS applications. PCKA is seeking interested military customers and prime contractors for technology integration and deployment opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
Next-generation Augmented Reality(AR) interface, ‘Iron Man’ type Holographic Augmented Semi-Transparent Controls & Displays attached to your body WITHOUT wearing ANY hardware. Big Easy-to-Read, Easy-to-Use Controls & Displays, Weightless, with intuitive Haptic Feedback. Strongly supports Navy-wide efforts to replace metal controls & displays with augmented reality controls & displays that move with you no matter where you are. If one warfighter’s display goes down any other WARC-H (Wearable Augmented Reality Controls with Haptic Feedback), user can take their place.
The U.S. Navy must maintain and expand its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. Warfighter readiness is the linchpin of the Navy's ASW strategy, the complexity of the ASW domain necessitates time-consuming training, and practical experiences to transfer skills to the operational environment. An innovative training approach is needed to accelerate mastery and foster transfer of ASW skills. Tier 1 Performance Solutions' Transformation Accelerated through Redesign, Guidance, and Enhanced Training (TARGET) is comprised of two components: (1) a task-centered instructional design strategy for ASW education, and (2) a performance support tool to assist ASW instructors as they apply task-centered instructional design. The tool greatly expands the impact of our solution by allowing instructors to apply the task-centered learning approach to other ASW topics and throughout Navy schoolhouse training.
Freedom Photonics is developing a Built-In-Test (BIT) methodology and hardware for fiber-optic plant on F-35, which provides a cost-effective in-situ network health monitoring and installed network port position identification without degrading the ongoing communications on the same fiber link. Freedom Photonics is a manufacturer of unique and innovative photonic components, modules and subsystems. Our approach leverages our existing tunable swept laser technology, and provides a scalable solution for many network ports, while allowing for both BIT and network intelligence. To date, Freedom Photonics has developed and demonstrated the feasibility and the merit of a novel approach of incorporating O-Band gratings and O-Band interrogators into the existing planned architecture. Besides working with LMCO, we are looking for other customers for this technology and transition partners.
The Advanced Direct Digital Exciter for Radar (ADDER) is a key component of a technology refresh for the SPS-49 system. It provides improved system performance and extends the service life of the system. The application for this product spans ship-based radar systems from UHF to Ku-band. Sustained competitive advantage is provided as this system offers significant performance improvement while lowering sustainment costs. The modular nature of the product offers opportunities to upgrade and refresh aging radar systems across the fleet at a reduced cost since they can leverage this technology. Previous successful development of similar boards used by the larger DREX+ system mitigates risk. The ultimate goal is to transition this technology into radar system upgrades across the DoD.
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.
Quantum Semiconductor LLC is a fabless semiconductor company developing Complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) Image Sensors (CIS) with new photo-diode technology incorporating new CMOS-compatible optoelectronic materials. Foundry-fabricated photo-diodes exhibit high gain, which will enable single-photon counting, at low voltages compatible with standard CMOS circuitry. These ultra-sensitive pixels for visible and infra-red can be applied to passive imaging, Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), or LAser Detection And Ranging (LADAR). The photo-diode for operation in the visible and near-infra-red range, and custom circuitry, are protected by 13 US patents. A proprietary Monte-Carlo semiconductor device simulator has been developed to model the new physics in order to maximize the performance. Quantum Semiconductor is seeking strategic partnerships with prime defense contractors, or semiconductor companies, or investment from venture capital.
The technology consists of a specialized powder feedstock for 3D printing of energetic structures utilizing Hewlett-Packard’s commercial-off-the-shelf line of 3D printers. The initial target application of the developed technology is ongoing research into novel shaped charges, for maximizing payload efficiency. Initial material formulations have been synthesized and tested on test beds simulating a production scale 3D printer. Sustained competitive advantage is provided as the technology being developed allows for low cost, low waste deployment of customized energetic structures with decreased lead times while being based on a decentralized production chain. E&G Associates specializes in the development of custom powder materials and processes with an emphasis on practical engineering techniques.
Charles River Analytics is a leading provider of innovative R&D solutions for increasingly complex and important human-systems challenges developed Blended Advanced Decision GUI Environment for Reasoning Support (BADGERS) enabling shipboard maintainers to rapidly analyze system status and predicted malfunctions, evaluate high-level mission impacts, and efficiently make maintenance decisions through intuitive and innovative data visualizations. BADGERS will help the execution of maintenance analysis, planning, and execution in the Navy community, including for complex, mission-critical systems such as Aegis Weapon System (AWS), the Operational Readiness Test System (ORTS) and the Integrated Condition Assessment System (ICAS) by combining an advanced ecological approach to supporting maintenance display visualization design. We seek to demonstrate its capabilities on the AEGIS deck and would entertain licensing BADGERS technology to lead system integrators (LSIs).
This effort delivers a polymer film and film capacitor production process. The capacitors exhibit sustained performance at elevated temperatures with high-power density and fast recovery. CTD specializes in developing state-of-the-art composites for extreme conditions and demanding applications including superconducting magnets, defense, and industrial markets. The targets for these capacitors are ONR’s Railgun and Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS). The solution involves a novel film capacitor that enables continuous, sustained operation and performance at elevated temperatures supporting pulsed power applications, while exhibiting characteristics that support affordable and scalable manufacturing. Current work is towards pilot scale film processing techniques that retain the high performance of lab produced films. On success our goal is to secure a scaling partner for manufacturing the capacitors to address the market demands aligned with existing capacitor production processes and application requirements.
The Improved Skirt System for Air Cushion Vehicles (ACV) uses a new elastomer coating technique to create a strong, abrasion resistant textile to withstand extreme physical requirements. Materials Sciences LLC (MSC) is an engineering and manufacturing company focused on applying knowledge of material mechanics to create unique solutions. The skirt system for the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) sees perhaps the most extreme punishment of any coated fabric, resulting in high replacement costs and down-time. MSC’s approach uses an alternative coating method which enables high-performance textile designs that are incompatible with conventional techniques. The product has shown superior performance to the existing product. MSC is currently tooling up production capabilities to support the SSC integrator as a new material supplier for the skirt fabricator.
The Cognitive Reasoner for Electronic Warfare Systems (CREWS) applies artificial intelligence signal processing to quickly classify complex, highly agile threat signals based on functional characteristics learned from the observed, possibly incomplete, waveform data. Research Associates of Syracuse (RAS) provides innovative signal processing solutions to challenging Electronic Warfare/Electronic Intelligence (EW/ELINT) problems. Initial targeted applications are Block 2 and 3 versions of AN/SLQ-32. CREWS technology is expected to reduce significantly (or even eliminate) reliance on threat libraries for emitter classification, which lowers maintenance cost and improves threat awareness in complex emitter environments. Phase I demonstrated accurate performance of selected machine learning classifiers trained using limited real radar data. Phase II is developing and demonstrating a full cognitive processing prototype using more extensive radar threat datasets. RAS seeks prime contractor support to integrate CREWS software into EW systems.
Transparent Sky, employing embedded hardware onboard small unmanned aircraft (sUAS), performs near real-time reconstruction of 3-dimensional scene models, in minutes, from aerial imagery. With a goal of real-time, frame-by-frame 3D reconstruction of collected imagery. The system expands upon Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) technology providing advanced 3-D reconstruction capabilities. Transparent Sky’s capability provides tactical advantage to small units, enabling them to become proactive, providing capability to observing battlespace events from any angle or perspective, study patterns of life, and measure scene object range. The system has low size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C), and is designed for simple operation and maintenance. Transparent Sky’s seeks strategic partnerships with Department of Defense and Commercial entities interested in exploiting content derived from sUAS, immersive real-time 3-D WAMI surveillance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To enable future compact, affordable, high-performance transmit/receive (T/R) modules, the Navy seeks to develop advanced, low SWaP-C, high-density capacitors for power conversion circuits for radar and electronic warfare transmitters. Among capacitor technologies available, multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are receiving the most attention. However, commercially available MLCC-based capacitors suffer from limitations such as low energy density, poor temperature stability and high power loss. To meet Navy requirements, Bioenno Tech is developing a compact, affordable, novel class of high energy density, low-power-loss MLCCs based on nanocomposite dielectrics that are thermally stable over a wide temperature range . These MLCCs will achieve at least a two-fold increase in energy storage density without compromising performance parameters such as internal impedance, voltage rating, leakage current or reliability.
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.
Radar, electronic support measures (ESM), a.k.a. anti-radiation homing (ARH), and electro-optical (EO)/imaging infrared (IIR)/laser detection and ranging (LIDAR) currently provide different sensor phenomenology that can lead to different salient feature manifestation that depends on operating conditions (e.g., acquisition geometry) and scene content type. Current technology approaches develop automatic target recognition (ATR) systems for a single sensor, each designed to exploit the salient features specific to each sensor type, which leads to suboptimal classification performance for each sensor type and not a higher confidence performance by combining independent sensor data into a single solution. The capability to combine the salient feature information from the different sensors to get improved target classification, and possibly identification, of the ships, is needed. We propose a two-prong machine learning approach that simultaneously uses two complementary techniques, deep learning convolutional neural network (CNN) and compressive manifold learning (CML), to exploit the automatic feature and regularities discovery of deep learning to fuse the multiple sensor data and the sparsity representation of the data in manifold learning to fuse the raw sensor data as represented by their highly compressed lower-dimensional manifolds. This two-prong approach combines with the baseline handcrafted features used to augment the features discovered by the deep learning CNN algorithm, will provide unprecedented robust ship classification and potentially identification performance. For operational utility, we will leverage industry commercial off the shelf (COTS) multi-core graphical processing units (GPUs) processors such as those already developed by NVIDIA and Intel specifically for deep learning implementations.
The technology developed was a compact multifunctional software defined radio hosting both MUOS and Legacy UHF waveforms on a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite platform. The communications link provides low latency, anywhere on orbit data control and connectivity from the user to the space vehicle, which is not currently available to the satellite user. Vulcan Wireless is currently focusing on Machine to Machine (M2M) communications, whereas most Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) terminals are designed for voice and data and are much larger. We see multiple paths to transition to M2M applications, first is into LEO space vehicles, second unmanned aerial vehicles, and unmanned underwater vehicles. This system has been prototyped and its functionally verifiable. We transition products from conception to production for military and commercial customers.
Hyperion Technology Group has developed a system that utilizes a network of listening post arrays (LPs) each containing sensors to detect and localize rocket, artillery, and mortar fire Points of Origin (POO) and Points of Impact (POI). The LPs communicate wirelessly with a centralized Command Post (CP) which uses a geo-positioning algorithm to pinpoint the precise location of the POO or POI. This technology was developed for the Marine Corps which is currently seeking a replacement for their Ground Counter Fire Sensor. The new, demonstrated technology can outperform the current system by integrating improved acoustic sensors, improved signal processing, and improved space, weight, and power characteristics, thus allowing for greater accuracy, faster set-up times, and reduced false alarms. This leads to improvement of war-fighter effectiveness, reduction in operation and maintenance expenses, and increased operational availability.
Altex, a leading combustion and gasifier company, has teamed up with HDT Global, a manufacturer of a vast array of military equipment including shelters and heaters, to develop a multi-fuel self-powered heater for shelters and other markets. The Clean Multi-Fuel Soft Wall Shelter Heater System (CMF-HEAT) operates on JP-8/Diesel and readily available biomass and wastes and saves 50% fuel, paying for itself in less than one year. The heater uses the current HDT Global SHC heater as a platform, it is light and compact. An Alpha unit has been fabricated and being tested, leading to a Beta system for simulated field testing. Team is seeking support to produce five units for field testing along with a procurement commitment contingent on successful field testing.
The USMC’s call for durable, light-weight and affordable exhaust systems for amphibious vehicles is answered by Triton’s light-weight, multilayered composite exhaust system technology. Designed to replace legacy and envisioned metal exhaust system technologies, initial prototype testing demonstrated that Triton’s technology reduces overall weight by approximately 50 percent at approximately 55 percent of the target cost with no performance degradation. Triton Systems, Inc. specializes in developing lightweight, affordable composite products to replace heavy and/or metallic structures to resolve problems of critical importance for military and commercial customers. We seek partnerships with government organizations/test facilities to demonstrate/validate prototype system capabilities and with prime contractors to license the manufacturing and incorporation of the technology. The initial target platform for this technology is the USMC Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV).
The United States Marine Corps wants to eliminate liquid fuel needs except for mobility platforms by 2025. Mide, an agile company with proven ability to develop advanced engineering solutions and a proven track record of generating innovative ideas, is developing a Biomass-Incinerating-Stirling Cycle-Energy-Provider (BISCEP) power source. Our Stirling Engine will provide Marines with an alternate power source thereby reducing their dependency on fossil fuels. The end product will have energy densities greater than 25W/sq ft and 5W/lbs. In addition, our revolutionary engine will be produce either nominal 24VDC output or a 120VAC output.
QorTek, an innovative research and development company focusing on smart materials and electronics, has developed a new antenna protection device, the eHalt. eHalt is an add-on for currently fielded radio equipment suited for man-pack, hand-held, and vehicular implementation. eHalt physically disconnects the antenna from the radio from accidental contact with overhead high voltage wires thereby protecting the warfighter. eHalt requires no external or internal power supply and effects a mechanical disconnect in case of high voltage contact. The prototype is a demonstratable unit that will be tested by Harris Communications and the MARCOR Systems Command (MCSC) ground radios team. The integration of this product into fielded communications equipment will allow Harris and other equipment suppliers to conform to the USMC’s safety requirements for antennas.
The Marine Corps Systems Command requires an integrated protective solution for radio antennas used by dismounted USMC Radio Operators. Long radio antennas are mission critical assets; however, if contacted with low-hanging power distribution lines (common in war-torn regions), lethal amounts of electricity can be imparted to the operator and radio. METSS intends to provide high-voltage antenna protection of 35KV RMS, while providing equivalent radiation pattern omnidirectional gain across frequencies between 2 and 88 MHz. Solutions will enable retrofit to existing antennas in the field or while in depot. The added protection will not cue enemies, snag, or fail in harsh conditions. METSS’s solution will be light, easy-to-use, and support whip and blade antennas for the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS).
USMC seeks to develop a renewable 1kW-class hybrid energy power source that will reduce the weight and volume by 50% versus currently deployed systems. West Coast Solutions (WCS) is meeting the challenge with the hybrid/solar Ultra-Lightweight Expeditionary Power System (U-LEPS). Our approach is anchored in our industry-leading, inherently safe, high energy density (150 Wh/kg) lithium-Ion batteries. Peak power handling capacity of U-LEPS is up to 2 kW with over 6400 Wh energy storage, meeting or exceeding the capabilities of existing systems. U-LEPS is inherently more robust and user-friendly than currently-fielded technology. Simulations, risk reduction tests, and engineering reviews have been accomplished to ensure requirements will be met. U-LEPS solves SWaP issues, saves fuel, and reduces convoys, thus reducing operational costs and, most importantly, saving lives.
Triton Systems, Inc. develops advanced technologies for commercial, industrial, and Government use and is currently designing and building a low-power, hand-operated reverse osmosis (RO) system to desalinate brackish water which will allow Warfighters to sustain themselves until resupply operations can be conducted. For use by USMC Warfighters, this capability is smaller in size than current hand-operated sea water RO systems and includes an energy recovery pump to minimize operator fatigue and special membrane coatings that will increase water production and minimize fouling. This will permit continued operation in austere environments for several weeks when resupply of potable water cannot be regularly made. Our goal is to transition this technology to the Marine Corps so that it becomes a part of their Modified Table of Organization (MTO&E) at the squad level.
A recent report estimates that only about 7% of Marines insert earplugs correctly. Blast and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (B/NIHL) and tinnitus are the top two disability claims for US soldiers and veterans [GAO Report, GAO-11-114]. The USMC wishes to reduce these numbers by developing an improved hearing protection device. Triton Systems, a technology development company providing innovative solutions to the government and industry, is developing the True Awareness Hearing Protector, which uses a passive acoustic filter that allows low level noise through while blocking harmful loud noises. The design minimizes the effects on the warfighters’ situational awareness and their ability to detect and localize low level noise. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and commercial markets by licensing our Intellectual Property to manufacturing partners.
HYPRES, Inc. (HYPRES) – a superconducting electronics company – offers design, development, fabrication, testing and packaging services for their digital Radio Frequency (RF) product-lines. This Phase II effort develops Co-Site Interference Mitigation for Wideband Receivers. HYPRES Advanced Digital Receiver (ADR) enables full spectrum monitoring and maximizes signal reception for military satellite communication, signal intelligence, radar, electronic warfare systems and tactical data links, providing improved surveillance capabilities, detection of smaller targets, and superior range. Direct RF digitizing eliminates front-end analog components reducing size, weight, and power by 50%. A world leader in advanced digital RF superconductor technology development and production, HYPRES seeks program office and prime contractor support, and equity investors to transition ADR systems for DoD applications and commercial markets.
Triton Systems, a technology development company that provides innovative solutions for military and commercial applications, is currently developing a communication system for helmeted divers to replace the current system developed in the 1960’s. Currently these divers have difficulty communicating among themselves and with the surface due to outdated equipment and sustained background noise levels over 100 dBA. The system has been prototyped, and increased intelligibility has been demonstrated for divers both transmitting and receiving messages. While this communication system has been designed specifically for helmeted divers, it could be adapted for use by other branches of military service with unique communication system requirements. Triton’s goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and prime contractor systems for specialized communications systems.
There is a critical need to improve Navy aircraft shipboard recoveries in degraded visual environments and high sea state conditions. Systems Technology, Inc. (STI) is developing The Jet Aircraft Shipboard landing Man-machine Interface for Naval Environments (JASMINE) that combines enhanced head-up display symbology and advanced flight director modes with the NAVAIR-developed MAGIC CARPET control laws to guide strike fighter pilots to carrier landings while reducing pilot workload and enhancing safety. With a 60-year history, STI is an industry leader in the design, analysis, and pilot testing/evaluation of manual and automatic flight control systems and related technologies. Development risk is diminished through simulation evaluations conducted by Navy strike fighter test pilots. Rockwell Collins, developer of head-up displays, will provide support and guidance for fleet integration of JASMINE.
Platelet products play an important role in treatment of hemorrhage patients. However, platelet products are unavailable at forward surgical facilities (Role 2) due to their short shelf life (3-5 days). CFD Research’s platelet apheresis platform will allow for collection of fresh leukocyte-reduced platelet products in expeditionary settings. The ruggedized system will enable Role 2 teams to utilize freshly donated platelets to broaden treatment options and improve outcomes for combat casualties. Proof-of-concept for the system has been established. Development of integrated prototype for field testing is ongoing. CFD Research develops cutting edge technologies and provides innovative solutions for Aerospace, Biomedical and other industries and has extensive experience in the development of biomedical devices. Our goal is to transition the technology into Role 2 surgical teams.
SimVentions has substantial expertise and capabilities in a wide range of technologies built by providing advanced development and solution-based application services to the government. Our InformeDB technology is an enterprise solution moving programs from document centric to data centric collaboration, offering improved methods and tools to optimize platform lifecycle management. Understanding the complete system of systems integration issues and coupling it with the other key challenges of a program’s tradeoff decisions is critical in proactively aligning and coordinate numerous new capabilities from the R&D through shipboard integration. Stakeholders can now manage, track, report and visualize dependencies based on a real-time authoritative data. SimVentions seeks relationships with defense program offices and primes for application of Informedb to Projects and Programs of Record.
The Navy has added mine-detecting capability, called Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance & Analysis (COBRA), to its MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV. Bodkin Design & Engineering (BD&E) has developed a gimbaled, multispectral, small Size, Weight & Power (SWaP) illumination source to be evaluated in conjunction with the COBRA camera to demonstrate its ability to meet COBRA program requirements for Night Time Detection to enhance 24-hour surveillance capability. This illumination source utilizes flashlamp technology that can be used with any multispectral or broadband sensor. BD&E is an innovative engineering company with a 25+ year history of designing successful electro-optical systems for government & commercial applications. Our goal is for our illumination technology to become the COBRA program illuminator system of choice for Night Time Detection. We seek teaming arrangements with government organizations and primes to test and validate system capabilities and integrate the technology.
Intellisense Systems Inc (ISI) has developed a new Submarine-Deployable Weather Sensor (SDWS) based on a new design that integrates ISI’s miniature weather sensor electronics with proven deployable buoy systems. Specifically, the innovation in ISI’s compact and robust weather sensor design integrated through novel packaging within a mature deployable buoy architecture will enable a low-cost, small sensing device. This device will accurately measure weather parameters above the ocean’s surface after deployment at depth. ISI has demonstrated the feasibility of SDWS by integrating and packaging a basic sensor buoy prototype that can be deployed from underwater and accurately collect weather data leveraging multiple designs from existing weather sensor products to reduce risk. As a final product, the SDWS will provide a simple means for submerged submarines to measure real-time surface weather parameters to aid in both navigation and to define the current atmospheric state.
Intrusion detection and extended surveillance are important to all levels of security from monitoring high valued assets in transit to providing perimeter security at a Forward Operating Base. IAI - a R&D company with extensive experience in RF sensing has developed a comprehensive, low-cost, low-power sensor field and cognitive sensor manager that can discover and task other sensors and supporting analytical services to enable area and container situational awareness for extended periods of time. Using a variety of sensing modalities, the Cognitive Ultra-low Power Sensor System (CUPSS) improves perimeter security, provides integrated surveillance, reduces false alarms, and integrates all modalities of sensors.
Innoveering is developing a non-invasive, portable sensing system that can measure and accurately quantify the flow characteristics (pressure, temperature, density, void-fraction, and/or velocity) of a multi-phase fluid within a 2-inch thick metal structure that is multi-species, compressible, highly turbulent, and highly transient. Advanced signal processing methodology and spatially distributed pitch-catch multi-frequency ultrasonics are adapted to measure and convert signals to engineering properties of interest. The methodology for velocity, pressure and void fraction measurement of the key physics associated with the real transient fluid flow event has been demonstrated. The targeted program is Strategic Systems Programs, which aligns well with Innoveering’s mission of developing revolutionary technologies that address sensing and control challenges in the aerospace, defense and energy markets.
Kyma produces a high quality gallium nitride (GaN)-on-polycrystalline diamond (GoPD) wafer product for high-power radio frequency (RF) GaN Field Effect Transistor (FET) applications and is a leading wide bandgap semiconductor (WBGS) materials & related products developer for high performance device applications. The product should benefit the Active Electronically Steered Array (AESA) radar and Electronic Warfare (EW) systems performance. Kyma’s novel buffer layer approach enables high quality GaN overgrowth on the polycrystalline diamond substrate and provides a competitive advantage which should be sustainable via continuous improvements in production tools and processes. The greatest technical risk is realizing a high quality buffer interlayer between the polycrystalline diamond and the GaN. Customers can license the technology to bring the process in-house or can purchase GoPD wafers directly from Kyma.
The Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ramp was originally designed only for ship-to-ship and ship-to-pier cargo transfer operations; consequently, Great Lakes Sound & Vibration (GLSV), a full-service engineering and manufacturing company developed a Modular Buoyant Kit (MBK) for the stern cargo ramp; facilitating Splash-Off Launch and Retrieval (L&R) of Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs) and Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAVs). The modular design does not require a brand-new ramp design, only some modifications, and allows rapid change-over between cargo transfer and amphibian L&R operating modes. GLSV is teamed with Lake Shore Systems, the original equipment manufacturer for the EPF cargo ramp, which will facilitate integration. Extensive modeling and simulation to simulate the system dynamics, including ship motion and ramp motion due to wave interaction has been performed.
Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) is developing a high energy density battery that will extend the operating time or enable new capabilities of Navy devices. This battery, currently targeted for use in high data rate sensors, combines advanced materials and provides 50% more energy density than the batteries in use now. PSI’s unique cell design leverages novel anode materials and coating technologies as well as innovative cell build/formation techniques to offer both increased energy density and cycle life. PSI has successfully demonstrated the ability to scale the required component and cell level technologies necessary to build and deliver the targeted high energy density battery. PSI’s goal is to deliver safe, high energy batteries to meet the increased power needs of Navy sensors and equipment.
Paragon’s Buswork Integrated Cooling System (BICS) is a low-profile TRL 5 solution for battery module cooling that implements our proven Low-profile Hybrid-Manufactured (LPHM) Coldplate technology. BICS is uniquely suited to high-power energy storage cooling with its combination of high electrical isolation, >7kV, and low thermal resistance, <0.02°C/W. This technology is a drop-in replacement for conventional copper busbars. BICS moves heat more effectively by acquiring heat from batteries through the cell terminals, taking advantage of anisotropic cell construction. This produces better temperature uniformity without any cell-to-liquid contact, addressing the complexity of conventional liquid cooling approaches. BICS also permits use of any common thermal working fluid. Intended for future electronic ships systems and high-power weapons, for commercial ships, and applications for power distribution and storage, BICS reduces system size, weight, and power, and reduces lifetime cost.
Colorado Engineering Inc (CEI) is a woman owned small business enterprise which specializes in extremely complex mixed signal system design related to high frequency RF and digital system processing. CEI developed an industry leading architecture Radar Advanced Receiver/Exciter (RARE), through SBIR funding, Topic Code MDA05-034, Contract Number HQ0006-08-C-7908, that has been incorporated into several programs of record. RARE is a modular and scalable architecture which can be used far beyond Radar. RARE, now known as 3DR is being adopted for High Performance Computing and missiles. Colorado Engineering’s strategic semiconductor partnerships and its access to their technology roadmap will enable CEI to advance this modular architecture for future product generations, which can be utilized in sea, land, air and space applications where SWaP-C is critical.
The Navy’s 2075-TH hydraulic fluid, which is used for external hydraulic (HEX) system motion control, is covered under MIL-PRF-17672. This legacy fluid is significantly challenged by the evolution in submarine force inter-deployment training cycles, higher Fleet operating tempo, and changes in maintenance planning philosophy that require the motion control fluids work longer and harder in the undersea environment. The reduced performance of the 2075-TH HEX fluid has led to many instances of component failures critical to operational submarines. METSS’s new synthetic fluid formulation (2075-S) will demonstrate significant improvements in fluid oxidative resistance, additive stability, and tolerance to seawater contamination in extended service life operations. The new synthetic product will improve in-service operability and reliability, while extending product service life and reducing overall maintenance costs.
The complexity of the Battlespace has evolved to the point that it is no longer possible to manually maintain awareness of, and optimally allocate all recourses in real-time. Accelerated decision-aiding coupled with dynamic, optimal sensor and weapon target pairing (i.e., enhanced mission planning, battle management aiding and automated resource controllers) are urgently needed to maintain the initiative against near-peer and above peer threats. LG-RAID Enhanced Mission Planning capabilities address the acute lack of adequate, real-time, integrated, multi-resource planning tools. LG-RAID technology rapidly produces superior integrated plans providing warfighters the tools to create and evaluate the viability of their proposed integrated plans (space, air, surface, subsurface) against a broad range of enemy threat systems and courses of action.
High-power gallium nitride (GaN) electronics, such as the radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) in radar and electronic warfare systems, are thermally limited. Replacing the silicon carbide (SiC) substrates on which GaN is grown with high-thermal-conductivity diamond can speed heat extraction, thereby reducing the cost of RFICs per Watt of output power by a factor of 3. Modern Microsystems’ GaN-on-Diamond technology transfers high-quality GaN epitaxy onto diamond carrier wafers for improved device reliability, higher power capability, reduced size, and lower cost. Initial prototypes demonstrate three times the power of identical GaN-on-SiC transistors. The goal is a fabrication process for custom GaN-on-Diamond wafers that are compatible with existing RFIC foundries. Modern Microsystems seeks prime or third-party partners to be a home for the process.
Hypersonic missiles, projectiles, and vehicles traveling at increased Mach speeds (e.g., Navy Hyper Velocity Projectile) utilize leading edges which experience temperatures that exceed the capabilities of most refractory metals. At the same time, the dynamic launch forces are too extreme for high temperature ceramics. Such competing needs call for a hybrid design which utilizes a combination of materials. However, joining metals and ceramics is complex, especially at elevated temperatures. MR&D provides design/analysis service for these advanced materials and for the community of interest - providing the necessary experience to develop a novel metal/ceramic joint. The design will be developed through finite element modeling coupled with fabrication and testing of full-scale test articles subjected to representative flight loads.
Pacific Engineering, Inc. is developing an Adaptable Universal Composite Canister (AUCC) System for the Virginia Payload Module (VPM). This design is adaptable, permitting the packaging of a wide variety of underwater deployable payloads (UUVs, UAVs, etc.) while providing the required common hosts services within a shock mitigation environment. This modular approach permits a variety of missions through deployment of an assortment of payloads without requiring that the submarine return to port, thereby increasing the number of roles that a submarine can perform. In addition to lowering the costs of launching payloads, the AUCC enhances mission capability by permitting rapid loading and integration. As an added benefit, the AUCC will permit Team Sub to field and evaluate other payloads which could be deployed via the VPM.
Biofouling can increase fuel usage and the acoustic signatures of submarines and ships. Boston Engineering is developing a semi-autonomous system to kill biofouling life effectively, reduce skilled manpower requirements, and address environmental concerns. The Maritime UltraViolet Antifouling (MUVA) system uses an ultraviolet light (UV-C) module to eliminate fouling without physically touching – or damaging – coated underwater surfaces. Boston Engineering’s modular design supports manual, semi-automated, and automated operation. Additionally, the MUVA also enables remote management. For more than 20 years, Boston Engineering has been developing game-changing products for its customers, and also leverages that expertise to commercialize its own capabilities for maritime environments. The company will apply its experience to address antifouling requirements across the U.S. Navy, DoD, Coast Guard, and commercial maritime organizations.
Radio Frequency (RF) over fiber optic cable provides many performance advantages over copper interconnect technology, but RF performance issues in the electrical-to-optical (E/O) conversion process currently limits widespread DoD utilization. The linearized RF over fiber (RFoF) link under development dramatically improves the E/O conversion process enabling the radical performance improvements required for widespread RFoF technology deployment in applications such as Electronic Warfare (EW), Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR), Signal Intelligence (SIGINT), sensors, and communication systems. Initial testing confirms the modeled RFoF link performance improvements. Already the RFoF link performance leader, Photonic Systems Inc (PSI) provides innovative RF, microwave, and photonic products for defense, aerospace, and telecommunications markets. PSI is seeking DoD equipment manufacturers to support the transition of this technology into systems.
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. Bettergy is developing a very high energy density air-independent power source to meet Navy requirements for use in sensors and other undersea applications. The battery is much lower cost than existing technologies and, due to the use of non-flammable components, is safe for transport and the environment. The battery is long duration, has a long shelf life and is adaptable to different form factors. Having successfully demonstrated its technology, Bettergy's plan is to transition this energy storage technology to U.S. Naval operations. Other potential applications for this technology include unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) and other undersea applications.
The Unmanned Diesel Greenough Advanced Rescue Craft (UD-GARC) is low-cost, high endurance multi-mission platform for Intelligence, Search, Reconnaissance (ISR), communications, and coastal patrol applications. As the diesel, unmanned variant of MAPC’s robust air droppable manned GARC currently in service for high-sea state rescue, the UD-GARC is uniquely qualified for swift deployment /recovery. UD-GARC is a fleet enabler because it can travel an extended range (500 n.mi) at high speeds and loiter, communicating with other naval vessels/land-based control centers well beyond the line of sight. MAPC’s previous experience with Unmanned Surface Vessels, Littoral Combat Ships, and Launch and Recovery systems allowed us to design an entire integrated system for the Very Small Class 1 USV, ready for fleet use.
The US Navy is looking to rapidly manufacture parts while at sea, specifically develop qualified materials and an Additive Manufacturing (AM) methodology to produce defect free parts and maintain geometric tolerance in a shipboard environment. With over 25 years’ experience, Triton Systems Inc. (TSI) is a technology incubator that develops materials and systems applications. Currently, TSI is developing non-halogenated flame retardant thermoplastic feedstocks for use in additive manufacturing of polymeric components in a closed environment, where the risk of fire and smoke are especially critical. The goal of this Phase II effort, hopefully the feedstock and fabricated components will meet the stringent Navy Flame, Smoke, and Toxicity (FST) requirements. TSI is looking for a partner to help commercialize the feedstock to be used in a variety of 3D printers.
The oscillating heat pipe (OHP) heat spreader is a highly efficient passive thermal device capable of transferring extremely high heat fluxes from a small source to a larger, lower heat flux rejection surface. This technology will allow high power operation of electrical components without altering the system design. ThermAvant Technologies is a leading developer of the OHP with applications to Navy radar and electronic warfare systems. ThermAvant’s competitive advantage is the advanced manufacturing, predictive modeling capabilities, and design experience with this technology. These advantages also minimize the risk for producing the OHP. ThermAvant’s OHP technology can be used in a wide range of high heat flux, small form factor, and structurally integral applications thereby allowing increased performance and reduced weight of high power devices.
Innovative Defense Technologies’ (IDT) Automated Verifcation & Validation (V&V) for Distributed Testing (ADT) supports the definition and testing of complex system of system (SoS) interface requirements with a focus on leveraging existing infrastructure, resources, and subject matter expertise from distributed test environments. IDT has developed Automated Test and Re-Test (ATRT), which is an enabling technology for ADT, founded on the patented model based systems engineering approach that accelerates the deployment of software capability to the fleet. ADT is initially supporting testing of SQQ-89 to Aegis baseline 9, however the tool suite was built to be used by any complex system that requires V&V of system of system interfaces. IDT seeks collaboration with government programs with complex, software/data intensive SoS that require distributed test and analysis capability.
Interphase Materials is a specialized engineering company that improves operational efficiency of industrial and defense cooling systems through our proprietary surface treatment technologies. We develop and apply advanced materials to deliver capability enhancements that assist warfighters operate at optimal efficiency. Our nano-coating technology creates a protective film which prevents fouling and improves heat transfer efficiency. The technology, developed for submarine heat exchanger applications, can significantly benefit heat transfer efficiency across various platforms, such as engine and HVAC systems. Interphase Materials’ environmentally-friendly surface treatment improves heat transfer by 5-10% and is easily applied to existing operating systems. Interphase is seeking DoD transition partners to demonstrate the products’ benefits across platforms that experience fouling and efficiency issues to improve their efficiency and position the technology for procurement.
Lynntech Inc is developing new polymeric materials that can be extruded to make filaments compatible with fused filament fabrication (FFF) techniques. The newly developed polymer formulations, textile design, and printing process will reduce the number of steps required to manufacture clothing items and simplify production of personalized garments. It will also allow production of clothing articles with mechanical strength and water vapor transport capabilities essential for military fabrics, and allow low volume manufacturing of garments in remote locations. Moreover, this technology will allow for design of garments from a 3D body scanner. Lynntech, a 2016 Tibbetts award winning small business, is looking for textile partners to integrate our 3D printing techniques and formulations into their customizable clothing article development.
Infrared sensors have been used to evaluate thermal stress of clothing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), but current methods rely on a qualitative assessment of these images and are subjective, prone to errors, and restricted to stationary human subjects or manikins. Our solution, TSAPE, uses a 3D imaging sensor to estimate motion, determine body pose and locate body parts. A thermal camera aligned with the 3D sensor measures temperature. The targeted application is thermal stress analysis of military garment. The solution will enable objective comparison of thermal performance. During Phase I, IAI successfully demonstrated the capability by providing objective thermal measurements for clothing in indoor, shaded outdoor, and at a Navy climatic chamber. The proposed solution will assist researchers to measure heat stress of garments.
Propel, a textile technologies design and development company, has developed knit textiles with embedded electrically functional networks (E-textiles). Our innovations include electrically functional engineered yarns (E-yarns), textile electrodes and textile-electronics integration methods. Using these innovations, together with 3-D knitting, we engineer electrically-enabled textile structures which retain their textiles properties without compromising electrical functionality. The demonstration prototype is a sensor-enabled base layer shirt for Navy SEALs, permitting continuous real-time monitoring of the wearer’s physiology. Beyond this prototype, electrically functional textiles are applicable within any military platform for which the scalable distribution of sensors over a broad surface area is a game changer. Additional applications for the E-textile technology include, but are not limited to, structural health monitoring, RF monitoring, chemical-biological monitoring, antennas, heating, and lighting.
LightSpin Technologies is developing the Photomultiplier Chip, a device that can detect optical signals with high internal gain, low noise, and multi-GHz bandwidths. Photomultiplier Chips allow precise timing of signals as small as single photons. LightSpin’s approach enables unique optimizations including speed, sensitivity, and radiation hardness for applications including free space optical communications, remote sensing, medical imaging, high energy physics, and the detection of special nuclear materials. LightSpin is the first company to demonstrate functional GaAs and GaInP devices, with preliminary experimental results indicating the potential to achieve multi-GHz bandwidths. LightSpin’s Photomultiplier Chip technology is protected with several issued and pending patents on the design and fabrication techniques. LightSpin intends to provide commercial detector modules to prime contractors for Department of Defense applications.
Vacuum Process Engineering, Inc. has over 40 years of experience in precision brazing, diffusion bonding, heat treating, thin film coating and contract manufacturing services. We are currently developing a large scale Scandate Tungsten Nanocomposite production facility to provide high-quality advanced thermionic cathode material to the US vacuum electronics industry enabling the development of any high-performance radar and electronic warfare systems reliant on advanced vacuum electron devices. Our product is capable of significantly improved emission characteristics at lower temperatures and with longer lifetimes than commercially available cathodes and VPE has already produced high-quality material with a threefold increase in production. Our goal is to supply sintered STN pellets to cathode manufacturers in order to manifest the next generation of advanced vacuum electronic devices.
Creare has developed a compact waste-to-energy (WTE) system designed to process up to four tons per day of heterogeneous solid waste. Our key innovation is drop-through ionic gasification technology from partner Cogent Energy Systems. This technology fully converts waste in a single stage for maximum energy efficiency and system reliability by completely immersing waste feedstock in a plasma zone reaching 10,000oC, which entirely dissociates organic matter to its atomic state. The atoms/ions reform as ultra-pure, multi-purpose synthesis gas capable of producing surplus electricity and/or fuels. A full-scale WTE system is operational at Cogent’s facility in Idaho Falls where safety and performance testing is reducing program risk. Our 2019 goal is to deliver an on-site, full-scale system designed for in-situ operational testing, evaluation, and validation.
The sinking hose system for the Amphibious Bulk Liquid Transfer System (ABLTS) is a high-pressure collapsible hose which will remain stable on the seafloor when filled with fuel yet is “lay-flat” so that it can be stored in containers. Materials Sciences Corporation, a small business that performs design, analysis, testing, product development, and low rate production of fiber reinforced materials and products, applies a legacy of analytical mechanics to create and produce new products and services with high-tech materials. This product replaces the floating, low-pressure ABLTS hose with a 500 psi, sea-floor hose that is still deployed from lighterage vessels. MSC has demonstrated feasibility of integrating heavy layers while maintaining flexibility and the exposure of the materials to water and fuel.
Semiotic Digital Encoding (SDE) is a technique to transform information from the data domain to the knowledge domain. Knowledge can be transmitted using significantly less bandwidth. The original information can be recovered by transforming it back to the data domain. The resulting communication is lossless, secure, and platform independent, using as much as 80% less bandwidth than the original requirement. The concept enables the command and control of multiple UASs in a degraded or denied communications environment by utilizing the ultra-low bandwidth space allowing mission critical information to transition remaining available bandwidth without loss of mission capability. The SDE capability, as a platform-independent capability to reduce the bandwidth dependency for structured messages, will have a broad application across platforms, platform types and, missions. Initial applications may include data links for control systems such as the Common Control System (CCS) for unmanned air platforms and air vehicles such as the Fire Scout.
Safe’s Multi-Axis Vibration Reduction for Increased Comfort (MAVRIC) aircraft seat has an electronically controlled suspension to protect Navy aircrew from chronic injuries caused by whole body vibration. The seat’s ergonomic design also reduces discomfort and fatigue for extended mission endurance. Safe is an engineering firm with a core focus on safety and survivability; ongoing technology development in seats, armor, survival rafts, and restraints; and recent deliveries of spacecraft crew protection devices. The vibration damping technology can be used for any vehicle occupant subject to injury hazards from severe vibration exposure. The prototype MAVRIC Operator seat increased the duration of safe exposure 16-fold, and the Copilot seat is now entering testing. Safe seeks Navy support to fully qualify the seat and deploy it to the E-2C/D fleet.
The anticipated deployment of electric-powered weapons systems on Navy ships and increasing power demands of radar and electronic warfare systems will place a highly variable and unpredictable demand on shipboard power systems. Issues associated with this can be greatly mitigated by integrating energy storage into the power system. However, this energy storage system must be capable of very high charge and discharge rates without excessive internal heating that can reduce both performance and battery life. The technology being developed will enable such an energy storage device, by combining proven high power, long-life electrode and cell designs with internal and external thermal management technology that prevents excessive temperature rise without degrading battery performance.
Dynamic Minefield Optimization (DMO) evaluates and optimizes precision placement of maritime mines and sensors/effectors, and also evaluates and optimizes mine and sensor/effector delivery plans for multiple maritime minefields. DMO makes more effective use of scarce maritime mining resources, increases the military effectiveness of maritime minefields, reduces risk to friendly platforms and missions, and reduces operator time-on-task. Daniel H. Wagner Associates has over 55 years of experience in developing/transitioning complex software components to prime contractors and Department of Defense customers, and developed mission effectiveness evaluation and optimization, risk determination, and data fusion algorithms and software components for several U.S. Navy mine warfare systems, including the primary system for mine warfare planning and execution, MINEnet Tactical, and the MK18 Mod 2 Inc 2 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). Word Count: 124
Tactical Edge is a SDVOSB that uses software engineering to solve real-world problems for our DoD and commercial clients using emergent and proven technologies, best practices, and innovative thinking. Its Total Visibility Anywhere (TVA) Data Service leverages the Position Location Information (PLI) data made available through current Government owned Authoritative Data Systems (ADS), and in combination with their custom machine learning algorithms, provides DoD Logisticians with contextual information about where shipments of interest are NOW, displaying those locations on a map, and providing estimated arrival dates to stakeholders who need to know how the shipment will affect their mission. TVA has been verified to work in tactical environments and to be interoperable with government-hosted systems. For a Phase III transition partner, Tactical Edge is targeting government PMOs that specialize in Logistics-focused information, as well as data dissemination platforms.
DVTI is developing protective coatings for shipboard gas turbine engine components to address oxidation and hot corrosion across an enhanced operational envelope for surface ship propulsion and auxiliary power systems. Candidate systems have been identified through computational methods and are being validated through a production-scale coating process. These coatings, processed using directed vapor deposition (DVD), have been tested in salt-laden environments using a 100-hour combined cycle without signs of damage to the underlying substrate. DVTI is operating production scale DVD coating equipment that has been utilized for qualification testing of other turbine coating systems and is in the process upfitting a new manufacturing facility for a separate product line. DVTI seeks to perform coating services for interested parties or discuss licensing options for the technology.
Teqnovations’ ultra-wide-bandwidth, timed-array active, electronically steered array (AESA) antennas enable next-generation SIGINT, radar, and data communications systems operating between 8 GHz and 200 GHz. True-time-delay beam steering enables transmitting and/or receiving RF signals in a 5:1 frequency range without squint or RF pulse distortion. Low SWaP-C, timed-array antennas enhance performance of systems on ships, planes, drones, satellites, and the ground. Teqnovations continues to develop its patented, low-SWaP-C, timed-array antenna technology for multiple governmental and commercial applications. Teqnovations has prototyped novel, ultra-wide-bandwidth true-time-delay units (TDUs) and conceptually designed a complete, modular Ka-band SATCOM antenna system to include an integrated receiver. Teqnovations is looking for Defense customers with un-met needs to support development and prime contractors to integrate our technology into advanced systems.
Hypersonic vehicles require reliable, maintenance free, compact, high temperature capable power sources – requirements that are difficult to attain using battery-based systems. eM-TECH’s Thermoelectric Generator (TEG) system technology meets those requirements. In addition, it also increases the temperature limits of legacy TEG systems from approximately 600 C to 1250 C while achieving a figure of merit (ZT) above 1 through the innovative use of silicon carbide and stable aerogels. eM-TECH, Inc. specializes in providing advanced technology solutions to problems of critical importance within the fields of materials chemistry, thermal management, adhesives, composites, and ultra-high heat to electricity conversion. We seek partnerships with government test facilities to demonstrate/validate the prototype system capabilities and with prime contractors to license the manufacturing and incorporation of the technology.
TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) has developed a moisture stable igniter formulation for Navy countermeasure flares. TDA’s novel igniter has been shown to be up to 90% more stable to degradation in high humidity conditions than the current igniter formulations and is thus more reliably ignited when exposed to moisture. The moisture stable igniter formulation has energetic properties that are comparable to the current Navy igniter, with no loss in performance when substituted in Navy hardware. The formulation can be used as a drop-in replacement for the current Navy igniter and is relatively similar in cost. TDA is a small technology manufacturing, research and development company in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and intends to manufacture and supply the igniter formulation directly to the Navy and other customers.
GIRD Systems has developed the Alternative Precision Landing System (APLS) to provide precise positioning and navigation for shipboard landing systems in GPS-denied environments. APLS provides a complete navigation solution for the aircraft, integrating measurements computed from shipboard transmissions as well as the aircraft’s navigation system, including GPS fusion when available. The APLS architecture can be implemented as a stand-alone system or integrated with existing airborne/shipboard radios, such as the MIDS-J radios. GIRD Systems is an innovative and agile small business specializing in satisfying the DoD’s signal processing and communications needs. Our target is to integrate APLS into the government system by working with a prime contractor. GIRD is also looking to team with prime contractors in applications beyond the SBIR focus.
VIP Sensors' Fiber Optic Vector Sensors (FOVS) system satisfies Navy requirements for a highly sensitive, compact directional acoustic sensing system. An innovative system of fiber optic sensors and compasses coupled with a readout system and a fiber optic interconnecting cable, FOVS is designed to address measurement applications in the challenging undersea environment when deployed in expendable Class A sonobuoys. FOVS sensors have been built and tested, and electronics have been adapted from existing sonobuoy and undersea applications. Specializing in the design and development of systems to address challenging measurement applications, VIP Sensors seeks opportunities to customize and deploy the FOVS technology in various applications to demonstrate their effectiveness and would entertain teaming arrangements with government agencies/prime contractors to incorporate FOVS technology such applications.
Scientific Solutions, Inc (SSI) specializes in novel ocean acoustic technology servicing the U.S. Navy and other DoD components. Main product areas are acoustic monitoring for the protection of marine mammals, unwanted diver and unmanned vehicle detection (SDSN and MODSS) and senior level project management for various aspects at test and evaluation ranges. Marine mammal detection systems are currently deployed and the diver/UUV system is targeted to become a component of the Navy’s Electronic Harbor Security System(EHSS). SSI’s state-of-the-art, unique design and distributed system for detection is patent protected. Additionally, proprietary multistatic algorithms and unique modeling processes will reduce risk and provide greater confidence that the potential threat is not just another false alert. It is our vision that the NAVFAC Fleet Force Protection Ashore will integrate our system into their harbor protection systems.
Intelligent Automation Inc. (IAI) specializes in developing cyber-security technologies for cyber-physical systems. To help thwart cyber-attack, IAI developed binary code transformation techniques when applied to legacy software enhance critical systems with a “fast-crash” capability preventing those systems from working in degraded state. BRASS (Binary code Randomization for Attack Sensitive Software) consolidates analytics and transformation modules into centralized work flows for automation and user control for transformation tuning and managing performance tradeoffs. The framework can be used to protect shipboard mechanical and electrical control systems of Hull & Mechanic Engine, from operating in compromised state when cyber-attacks occur. BRASS has been prototyped and verified to support multiple software architectures. Our goal is to integrate and transition BRASS into government and prime contractor multi-layer cyber defense systems.
SDC’s Nanomaterial Enhanced Filament Wound Composite Flywheel (NEFWCF) rotors are ultra-high speed/acceleration rotors for high density energy storage and pulse power delivery. NEFWCF rotors use a novel manufacturing method and nanomaterial enhanced properties to provide significant improvement over state-of-the-art. SDC’s design is modular and reconfigurable to meet a variety of needs for future Navy ship pulse loads. SDC is an aerospace and defense company that specializes in highly engineered composite structures and subsystems as well hybridized material development. Phase II testing has indicated that the desired performance is feasible, and full-scale prototype design is in progress. The goal is to integrate the NEFWCF rotors for future Navy ship pulse loads and become a supplier of this technology to prime contractors.
Since 1995, Applied Optimization, Inc. (AO) has collaboratively developed innovative solutions in material science to address technical challenges for industry, NASA, and the DoD. AO is developing a hardware-software system for layer-by-layer nondestructive inspection and near-real-time determination of spatial distribution material defects in metallic parts, fabricated via selective laser melting (SLM) processes. AO’s hardware is comprised of off-the-shelf laser scanners (profilometer) and precision linear motion, implemented into the deposition chamber of commercial SLM equipment. AO’s software implements signal processing algorithms for data reduction and processing of collected 3-D top-surface build geometry/roughness data to predict material defects. AO’s capability employs physics-based models to correlate the phenomenology of interaction between surface roughness and material defects and to provide voxel-by-voxel anomaly flagging. AO seeks to identify DoD Prime contractor and Programs focused on AM to include selective laser melting (SLM) process optimization.
Charles River Analytics, a 30-year old applied research firm focused on intelligent systems applications, has worked with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) to develop Grammars for Graph-based Assessment of Mission Readiness (GGRAMR); providing a framework for the graph database equivalent of relational database “views.” Creating views of graph data that directly support the calculation of unit readiness scores, and support predicting measures of performance (MOPs) for mission essential tasks, it transforms raw graph data into graph data that is organized in specific ways to support critical applications. GGRAMR significantly reduces the cost and complexity of working with graph databases and would greatly benefit programs, such as the Defense Readiness Reporting System-Navy (DRRS-N) that must draw on diverse data from large graph databases.
Sentient Science is developing physics-based life predictions and inspection simulation software to provide a modeling framework to simultaneously optimize inspectability and reliability of Additive Manufacturing (AM) designs before they are finalized. Sentient Science is a technology leader in the field of life prediction simulation and prognostics and health management. Sentient Science’s technology is leveraged to optimize the design of additive manufacturing parts in drive trains and structural components in military vehicles (ships, aircraft and land vehicles). Using this technology, AM parts achieve higher mechanical performance and better inspectability throughout the entire life-cycle. Sentient has more than 15 years of experience in microstructure modeling of different metallic alloys. Aerospace original equipment manufacturer (OEM) design teams leverage Sentient Science’s modeling technology in redesign of existing parts or in new component design.
Temporal loads resulting from wind eddies on aerial vehicles during flight-deck launch and recovery cannot be accurately estimated from current flight test data. To better predict these loads and enhance operations, our simulation tools provide software components for computationally efficient but accurate prediction of disparate scale turbulence interactions. The resulting digital-simulator allows the coarser mesh use without the undesired excessive dissipation and grid-dependency, resulting in an enhanced cost-effective predictive simulation. Kord specializes in aerospace and defense technology software/hardware prototyping, including the DoD simulation tools: Kestrel and Helios. The system has been successfully integrated in naval relevant applications. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology to DoD acquisition tools and pilot training simulators as well as adoption to the commercial sector.
Charles River Analytics, a leading provider of innovative R&D solutions for increasingly complex human-systems challenges is addressing the need for planning resources and schedules for deployed unmanned logistics platforms that provide energy replenishment, data access and management, and communications capabilities to a heterogeneous suite of UUVs. Their system enables situational awareness of submerged unmanned platform health and status and then develops highly autonomous, multi-vehicle coordination and management algorithms to execute unmanned operations with limited remote supervisory control access. To date the software has been successfully exercised in a series of government-managed Limited Objective Experiments, including in-water operations, simulation-based laboratory tests, and benchside hardware testing. They seek transition into a deployable fleet of platforms to support longer-range and longer-duration UUV missions.
IFOS develops fiber optic sensor systems including Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor Systems supporting up to 256 precision sensors per interrogation node, which are immune to electromagnetic interference, electrically passive and less labor intensive to install. By monitoring dynamic strain (load), temperature and other structural health indicators this technology could enhance emerging LCS Condition Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+) architectures. Installation of such systems allows for real-time condition assessments, which enables more accurate maintenance planning and scheduling thus minimizing unscheduled/unnecessary maintenance events, translating to reduced operational cost, increased lifetime, and enhanced safety. A demonstration was given with 60 sensors attached to cantilever beam and aluminum plate sampled at 6 kHz. Now, IFOS is now proceeding to system testing on a LCAC in Florida and destroyer grillages at NSWC Carderock.
A new generation of miniaturized atomic magnetometers is being developed and integrated into naval systems such as small unmanned fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms. This project is intended to develop a magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) system that integrates these small and low-power sensor elements, control electronics, auxiliary or reference sensors, and digital signal processing methods into a compact form factor. The objective is to develop a capable and flexible system that has utility for multiple naval air assets and can be readily integrated into larger systems or used in a stand-alone fashion. The combination of miniaturized atomic magnetometers with optimal hardware and processing algorithms will accelerate integrated sensor packages that meet the Navy’s requirements for sensitivity and operational performance.
An isogeometric analysis toolkit for Abaqus (IGAFA) is developed for a high-fidelity finite element analysis (FEA) model creation as well as response and failure prediction of metallic and composite structures. IGAFA will create an analysis model with preserved geometry from a Computer Aided Design (CAD) model followed by performing an accurate 3D stress prediction for a complex geometry with structural discontinuities. IGAFA features include: selection of a geometry model, surface and volumetric T-spline construction, FEA and failure prediction, post-processing, and design alternation. In addition, IGAFA can be integrated with simulation tools used for additive manufacturing, 3D printing, or auto placement of fibers for a curved composite structure. Global Engineering and Materials provides software solutions for fracture, fatigue, and multi-scale damage characterization of metallic, composite and hybrid structures. Our goal is to provide the toolkit to DoD Labs and OEMs.
This program targets the development of an integrated cross-cube optical WDM node for avionic applications. The device incorporates four quad WDM receivers (16 receive channels total) cross-coupled to four quad WDM transmitters (16 transmit channels total), with each data path operating at 56Gbps employing PAM4 modulation. The device enables an optical network backbone that does not rely on a lossy passive optical star coupler and incorporates Built-In Test capability, thus significantly improving signal routing and distribution throughput and reliability. Previous efforts have realized the quad transmitter assembly operating at 10Gbps and tunable filter technology suitable for integration into the receiver front-end. Current activity is aligned with development of the laser transmitter capable of achieving 56Gbps PAM4 transmission
Keystone developed a repeatable additive manufacturing (AM) process with the capability for rapid process and part qualifications and certifications. The process is ideally suited to solve obsolescence and difficult-to-source large format products that will enhance Navy sustainment requirements. Keystone is a technology development company with extensive manufacturing and production experience including new product and process aerospace qualifications. Keystone possesses two directed energy AM cells with capacity to produce over 64,000 lbs/year and is seeking Navy/DoD production source approvals for AM or repair. The equipment is a low-cost, robust and industrialized AM solution. To date, two major Navy usage alloys have been characterized with B-basis allowable tensile properties produced in conjunction with Materials Properties Development Standardization (MMPDS), and they are extending their data base to include Ferrium M54.
RF environments are increasingly more complex causing distress for system designers across the warfighter to create a robust RF interference mitigation solution. Metamagnetics’ Auto-tune Filter has created a small chip that can mitigate any number of interferers quickly and effectively without the need of complex processing systems. This enables a variety of platforms to easily install a robust, low SWAP solution for cosite and jamming problems. Potential systems include radios, GPS, EW and radars. Metamagnetics, an advance magnetic material design firm, has enhanced the device’s baseline material and performed higher level testing in systems along with transitioning another version of the technology to a Navy EW system. Metamagnetics is looking to partner with primes for system transition along with government entities to help fund development.
In this program, Freedom Photonics will develop a monolithically-integrated, externally-modulated, 1000 nm laser for analog transmission applications. Applications include EW, antenna remoting, and ISR, for avionic platforms and systems. The transmitter is based on an innovative low-linewidth, low-RIN, high-power semiconductor laser, monolithically integrated with a high-performance semiconductor modulator: no such device commercially exists today. Implementation is in the GaAs material system, enabling high-efficiency performance and un-cooled operation in elevated military temperature environments, significantly reducing SWaP. Prior demonstrations of high-efficiency GaAs based semiconductor lasers have been made, with additional effort required to monolithically integrate the modulator. Further technology maturation efforts are needed, in addition to collaboration with defense partners/end users to tailor the transmitter towards specific system-level target applications.
Lynntech Inc. has developed On-Demand Hypoxia Trainer (ODHT) – a portable, pressure-on-demand, mask-on, train-like-you-fly, hypoxia training device for aircrew. The ODHT is based on an energy-efficient electrochemical oxygen pump and has successfully undergone human effects testing at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Production of the ODHT starts in 2019. The initial customer is the Navy Medicine Operational Training Center, Naval Survival Training Institute; units are scheduled for delivery to NAVAIR starting in late FY 2019. Lynntech, a 30-year old small business successful at developing and transitioning electrochemical-based technologies to the warfighter and 2016 Tibbets Award winner, will manufacture the ODHT in-house and supply it to the customer.
JEM’s innovative frequency-independent Magnetic Flux Channel (MFC) antenna exploits efficient broadband coupling to the bound charge inherent in all magneto-dielectric materials. This enables efficient transmission and reception of RF communication signals in conformal installation environments that severely degrade the performance of conventional antennas using just electric charge control. Successful demonstrations of hardware in SBIR N112-113 laid the groundwork for our conformal frequency-independent designs, such as Archimedean and logarithmic spirals, in SBIR N152-081. Beneficiaries of this technology are networks or swarms of small, self-organizing UAVs to achieve specific intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance or communications mission objectives. JEM Engineering, a woman-owned Maryland small business specializing in communication antenna research, design, manufacture and test, seeks teaming arrangements with government organizations and primes to validate system capabilities and incorporate the technology.
FlexDuo distributed mission processing computer architecture provides reconfigurable FPGA capability to advanced avionics architectures. This capability allows for the ability to perform high speed video processing in support of advanced architectures while also dynamically securing unsecure networks via integrated security. Simultaneously, FlexDuo supports current and future high-speed, high-power hardware and more video-intensive processing. Initially targeting V22 Osprey, AH- 1Z, and UH-1Y helicopters as a rapid acquisition path to securely insert true commercial off-the-shelf hardware into military applications. FlexDuo’s innovative approach helps future-proof systems while reducing cost by minimizing the use of preloaded FPGA-based architectures or specific chips, providing software portability, integration and upgrades via standards-based interfaces, and miniaturization. QuickFlex provides products and services in development of and support of high-performance, state-of-the-art, reconfigurable systems and circuit solutions, novel security protections, fault tolerant solutions, and sophisticated decision engines for embedded, desktop, and networking technologies. FlexDuo technology is anticipated to be a spiral integration into rotorcraft and airframe avionics.
Tactical Troubleshooting Tool (T3) integrates Tactical Data Link configuration settings from multiple legacy systems onboard US Navy ships into a centralized browser-based interface and distributes them via a pub-sub framework to remote, authorized users. Developed by a team of experienced engineers with warfighter input, this project streamlines the process for troubleshooting multi-TDL network connectivity issues by providing a collaborative, real-time environment to view network status and configurations, and recommend corrective actions. T3 interfaces directly with the Common Data Link Management System (CDLMS) but can be configured to interface with other TDL systems. The initial transition target is Command and Control Program Office (PMW 150). Fuse is pursuing opportunities to apply this dynamic, flexible system to DoD and civilian applications that require a remote, global view of aggregated data.
For the last 15+ years, BlueRISC, Inc. has provided next generation system assurance and cyber security products and solutions for government and private industry. ThreatSCOPE Code Injection (CI) is a binary-level, vulnerability analysis toolkit (i.e. no source code required) enabling automated insertion of code into embedded executables/firmware. It provides vulnerability and performance guidance for the insertion of generic and cyber-hardening codes via an interactive GUI. ThreatSCOPE CI is directly applicable to a number of military and commercial embedded systems including unmanned systems (e.g. drones), avionics, industrial control systems as well as legacy embedded systems. ThreatSCOPE CI has been validated on real-world embedded firmware (e.g. Apache web server, avionics OFP) and shown to enable the patching of identified vulnerabilities (e.g. Heartbleed). We seek to license to large system integrators and integrate into Navy software assurance flows.
The MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) Modulating Retroreflector (MRR) employs the Boston Micromachines Corporation (BMC) optical modulator mounted in a hollow corner cube retro-reflector as the enabling component of a secure asymmetric free-space laser communication link. BMC is a provider of MEMS deformable mirrors and modulator products as well as advanced imaging systems. The MRR can be used for remote sensing in applications such as gas detection, surveillance, tagging and tracking in various platforms as the technology is small, light-weight, covert, and anti-jam. BMC has received three SBIRs for the development of this technology. To transition for use in the field, BMC will work with a sponsor to determine the optimal configuration, which may vary from single-component mounting to full 360-degree turrets for use in flexible, mobile applications.
Both military and commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can benefit from onboard detect-and-avoid (DAA) sensors to keep well-clear of other aircraft. SARA’s PANAMA military DAA sensor and Passive Acoustic Non-Cooperative Collision-Alert System (PANCAS) commercial sensors are the first systems for UAS that detect aircraft as far away as 10km and meet size, weight, and power (SWaP) limitations. PANAMA has been demonstrated in a relevant FAA environment and evaluated independently by the Air Force Test Pilot School when integrated onto a Group 1 UAS. SARA Inc. aims to provide a small SWAP DAA for use with Navy UAS platforms. SARA Inc. develops novel systems for remote sensing, electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and pulse power applications. Our goal with PANAMA is to increase the capability and autonomy of U.S. military UAS.
Marine gas turbines operate at less than full power. However, future Navy ops will require engines to be operated at higher temperatures for sustained periods necessitating the insertion of new materials and coatings that exist at these higher temperature conditions. This technology will mitigate that problem. It consists of utilizing an ICME model to promote TBC life >20K hours and assisting in maximizing corrosion and oxidation resistance. Sustained competitive advantage is provided as this technology allows users to understand actual coating life. Moreover, the ICME model can be utilized in other applications where difficult relationships between process variables and resultant properties exist. The isothermal TBC life model has been accomplished and its function verified. ReliaCoat Technologies specializes in in-situ process monitoring and control for advanced coating processes. Our goal is to integrate this technology into government and industry for coating engineering and life prediction.
ObjectSecurity, a small company in downtown San Diego traditionally focused on cybersecurity, has branched out into data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). ObjectSecurity’s award-winning, patented security product is OpenPMF, employs cool models and algorithms to make it easy to author and maintain fine-grained, dynamic access control policies. ObjectSecurity is engaged in exciting product development to include a supply chain risk analysis product which integrates legacy SAP data dumps and into a graph database, suitable to run risk data analytics. Another, ObjectSecurity project is "AI hacker", which leverages AI to simulate a hacker. ObjectSecurity is a spin-off of the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. ObjectSecurity’s focus is to transfer the results of academic research to consulting and industrial research and development, and bundle the abilities of several experienced scientists, consultants, programmers and security technology specialists. ObjectSecurity is fully employee-owned.
To date, traditional search techniques such as Information Retrieval (IR) and Information Extraction (IE) have been executed independently providing information that is not analysis ready and is limited in scope. The Building Open-domain Semantic Search (BOSS) technology will combine the strengths of IR and IE into a single capability and address the mutual limitations of both. It will allow users to explore data from any domain through a search that returns structured results. This search capability is semantically-based, allowing users to search text data based on what it means instead of the numerous ways that meaning might be expressed. Decisive Analytics is an Employee-owned company providing data processing capabilities that move beyond simple extraction by automatically organizing, identifying, and extracting activities and relationships from large corpora of text, imagery, video, and audio. We are seeking opportunities to transition this capability to programs where identifying threats from a large corpus of multi-source data set in real time is a difficult challenge.
Future all-electric warships demand improved electrical power density, conversion efficiency and system reliability. GeneSiC’s innovative, highly reliable silicon carbide (SiC) metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) switching module with its low on-resistance, high voltage (6.5kV) high current (100 A), high switching speeds (up to 20 kHz) and high temperature (200 0C) meets those demands. With a cost structure of less than $45.00/ampere, these 6500V/100A modules are ideally suited for applications such as electromagnetic rail gun, Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), propulsion motor drives and shipboard power distribution on future medium voltage electric ship platforms. GeneSiC Semiconductor, a privately held Corporation specializing in developing and manufacturing in high quality, high value-added Silicon Carbide based semiconductor devices, seeks teaming arrangements with government agencies/primes to validate capabilities and integrate the technology.
Applied Optimization, Inc. (AO) is developing Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) models and software to support additive manufacturing (AM) development of conformal heat exchangers (HeX) for power electronics hardware. The conformal geometry of cooling channels is optimized to attain higher thermal efficiency. ICME optimization ensures the manufacturability of quality metallic parts from a variety of AM machines at different geographic locations. AO's team of scientists, engineers, and software developers’ modeling and simulation capabilities has advanced the understanding of the state-of-the-art in additive manufacturing (AM) processing. Employment of AM leads to innovative HeX designs capable of more efficiently removing heat because these designs eliminate or severely reduce joints. AO seeks to identify DoD Prime contractor and Programs focused on AM and thermal management optimization.
Kennon’s aircraft armor system is built on patented technology that greatly increases damage tolerance and multi-hit capability, as verified through prototype testing. The armor’s damage isolation allows it to retain the majority of its structural integrity after impact - permitting its use as a load-bearing structure that can both line cabin walls and be integrated into flooring panels. Low weight and intrusion profile allow the armor to be used for nearly all missions. While the initial target platform is the V-22, core armor structures can easily be adapted to other air, land, and sea vehicles. Kennon is a research, design, and manufacturing company dedicated to protecting high-value assets. Our goal is to provide armor systems for all aircraft and vehicles operating in contested areas/hostile environments.
Filtered Rayleigh Scattering (FRS) provides a completely nonintrusive method of full annulus airflow characterization. It uniquely characterizes pressure, density and temperature as well as provides flow speed and angle. During engine operations, complex distortion profiles that cannot be mimicked in a ground test environment are experienced. There is currently no method of characterizing these profiles. FRS, once fully mature, will fill this technology gap as well as enhance ground test measurements. Unlike other current techniques, FRS proposes no obstruction to the flow nor introduce particles into the flow. The target initial platform for this technology is an advanced fighter aircraft. During the Phase I, mean velocity, temperature and pressure measurements were resolved to within acceptable limits for both uniform and distorted flows of a free jet in a laboratory environment. Prime Photonics is a technology company focused on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. Our focus areas include sensor and materials technologies for test & measurement, inspection, control and health monitoring of commercial and military equipment, structures and turbomachinery.
Area-I is a pioneer of advanced solutions for autonomous systems through the design, integration, and testing of unmanned platforms and their control systems. A key facet of these systems is the Maestro autopilot and avionics architecture which enables custom control schemes for advanced guidance, navigation and control and Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) mission capabilities. The Maestro hardware and software has been developed by Area-I from the ground up, allowing complete control and customization of the system functionality to the customer’s needs. This effort leverages Maestro’s proven performance record onboard aerial systems to enable advanced mission capabilities of unmanned surface vehicles (USV) in autonomous port patrol, mine countermeasures, and anti-submarine warfare. The ultimate goal is to transition the technology onto a program of record.
This technology will streamline composite repair processes on aircraft and other vehicles. The approach could potentially transform additional composite fabrication areas. The majority of high performance thermoset resins have two-components and require thermal curing to achieve acceptable properties. The resin system developed by TRI/Austin can be supplied as a one component system that can be cured at ambient temperatures. Without post-cure the resin will provide a glass transition temperature in excess of 350 °F (177 °C). The implications of this development are significant in terms of the ease of use and elimination of procedural steps. While the resin system was developed specifically for vacuum bagging, it is expected to be viable for other composite fabrication methods including resin transfer molding (RTM) and vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM). The resin system can be cured at ambient temperatures in approximately one hour. However, if higher cure speeds are desired it can also be cured thermally.
For the repair of composite aircraft components, a Double Vacuum Debulk (DVD) process is commonly performed on a repair patch to reduce void volume, prior to application of the patch to the damaged structure. Luna Innovations Incorporated has developed an advanced single vacuum bag process utilizing a novel Breathable, Resin Barrier (BRB) which can be utilized to fabricate high quality aerospace laminates. The technology eliminates the dedicated equipment, complexity, and size limitations of the DVD tooling, while reducing process time by more than 50%. The developed out of autoclave process is applicable to legacy material systems and a wide variety of fabrication and repair applications, but the initial implementation target will be at Navy depots to simplify and more efficiently repair aircraft, such as the V-22.
Charles River Analytics, a leading customer-focused provider of innovative R&D solutions for increasingly complex human-systems challenges, is developing Intuitive User Interfaces for Task-Tailored planning (INTUIT) to provide a set of efficient and effective mission planning user interfaces for the Navy’s Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS). These role- and task-tailored user interfaces increase the usability of planning systems and efficiency of operators with varying skill levels across a range of vehicles, mission contexts, and unique tasks. Formal analysis efforts have identified task and information requirements for the mission planning process within the targeted environment, driving the design of a set of display concepts and the prototyping and demonstration environment used to validate INTUIT. Ultimately, INTUIT’s user interface will be integrated into JMPS and other DoD systems.
Aircraft landing gear supports the entire weight of an aircraft during landing and ground operations; consequently, Engineering & Software System Solution, Inc. (ES3) a high-end engineering firm specializing in engineering and design of aircraft components and advanced material coatings for aerospace applications has developed Diagnostic Of Landing gear Fatigue In-service Nexus (DOLFIN) multifunction Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) system that can be utilized for fatigue damage tracking of landing gear systems, in this case on the P-8 Poseidon (PMA-290). ES3 is working separate contracts relating to the same topic for the F/A-18 (PMA-265) and is completing a commercial qualification and certification effort on a rotorcraft program that will be fully complete in the next few months. The P-8 DOLFIN program utilizes form, fit and virtually identical functional hardware to this commercial program.
Vigilant Cyber Systems, Inc. (VCS) has developed the Cyber Battle Damage Assessment Tool (CyBDAT). A modeling tool that enables a comparative analysis between information related capabilities and traditional kinetic fires during mission planning, within Computer Network Attack (CNA), Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) and Electronic Attack (EA) events. Using game theoretic modeling we have developed a methodology to quantify the value of cyber exploits and electronic attack within the context of relevant mission threads to rapidly inform decision made on the battlefield. VCS is currently working closely with the Joint Technical Coordinating Group for Munitions Effectiveness (JTCG-ME) from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC). They have developed several data standards to quantify specific data required to create comparison numbers between kinetic and cyber, and CyBDAT is incorporating these data standards into current testing, with the end goal being that CyBDAT will roll directly into the JTCG-ME’s efforts of building a tool to provide this comparison.
Polaris’ Pyxis is a next-generation sensor that images previously undetectable objects in cluttered and traditionally challenging environments. Pyxis is a short-wave infrared polarimeter containing thermal, polarization and hybrid modes that has an extremely high dynamic range. Polaris specializes in customized electro-optical systems for target detection, identification and tracking. Pyxis will perform route clearance for the Navy’s ground vehicles but also has great potential for water and shoreline target detection. Pyxis outperforms current thermal cameras by added polarization sensing, which clearly distinguishes man-made objects from natural ones that are not detectable in standard visible or thermal imagery. Polaris will license Pyxis’ technology to a well- established, respected camera manufacturer, who will integrate Pyxis into their established manufacturing processes. Polaris will develop upgrades and offer technical support.
BH Technology is a sensing technology products and systems based solutions company. Using our patented sensing technology we have created a novel Digital End Speed Indicator (DESI) system for Steam Catapult aircraft launch systems. Our system consists of updated form, fit, and function enhancements that eliminate current system obsolescence; end of life, and performance issues while reducing total cost of ownership of the system over its expected lifetime and ensures safety of both aircraft and personnel handling the equipment. Our technology, components, and designs used in our DESI system are leveraged from our current NAVY qualified sensor systems used on aircraft carrier elevators so that first pass qualification testing of the DESI system has a very high probability of success. The DESI system represents the 2nd insertion platform of our qualified sensing technology. Implementing our sensor technology enables system enhanced functionality, robustness, and reliability in harsh environments. These enhancements include built in system diagnostics, health monitoring, autonomous calibration, data retention, and intuitive user interface via touchscreen versatility.
Touchstone Research Laboratory, an award-winning developer of advanced materials for commercial and government customers, has developed an innovative prepreg tape made from continuous fiber aluminum metal matrix composite (MMC) material that is four times stronger and stiffer than standard aluminum alloys. When applied to aluminum hulled ships, the MMC prepreg tape can both prevent cracks and retard crack growth and, thus, significantly reduce maintenance and repair costs. The higher strength and stiffness compared to traditional composite patches makes the MMC prepreg suitable for repairs on mechanically loaded structures as well. These benefits translate into increased time on mission across a wide range of ship classes. The plan is to add MMC prepreg to the current patch repair kit.
Global Engineering Research and Technologies (GERT) has developed a state-of-the-art simulation tool that is capable of predicting initiation of matrix cracking, fiber breakage and delamination as well as their propagation paths in laminated composites under various loading conditions. GERT specializes in analytic method development towards prediction of deformation and failure of aerospace structural parts. Initial targeted platforms include PMA 275 and V-22 Osprey. There is no known existing analysis capability that can predict all possible failure modes in composites. GERT has so far developed an analysis capability to determine accurate stress and deformation fields in the presence of a cracks. The ultimate goal is to implement this technology into government and prime contractor production cycles as a failure analysis step that is necessary for certification.
Nevada Composites specializes in development of improved tooling approaches for manufacture and repair of high-performance composite parts. Our technology integrates advanced materials with low cost, rapid manufacturing procedures to repair, replicate, or manufacture composite parts for aerospace platforms. Initial targeted applications include repair of composite parts at Fleet Readiness Centers as well as manufacture of rocket motor cases. Our tooling is applicable to composite parts from legacy platforms to advanced systems and can enable higher temperature systems in the future. Phase II development has guaranteed the long-term availability of essential components while improving manufacturing technology to reduce time-to-manufacture and cost. The ultimate goal is to qualify our technology as the tool-of-record in multiple government and commercial repair installations as well as for composite manufacturing.
This program targets a photonic analog to feature converter based on optical speckle. This targets electronic warfare applications including compressive sensing, electro-magnetic (EM) spectral awareness, RADAR/Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), and other applications that need to identify features in a large information bandwidth. The developed innovation builds on existing compressive sensing algorithms but which incorporates a unique enabling component in the utilization of optical speckle processing, which has the potential for low-power photonic integration. A redesign of the previously developed system based on discrete components to allow photonic integration has been performed. The redesigned system has been validated. The next step will be to push the technology towards further integration and maturity, and to tailor the system towards specific target applications to be defined in collaboration with defense partners/end users.
Toyon’s MTP-Predict solution delivers predictive analytics to enhance the Navy’s ability to detect, track, and identify surface vessels in littoral waterways. The data-driven technology automatically learns motion patterns from available surveillance data – such as archived radar tracks or automatic identification system (AIS) reports – and delivers high-fidelity surface vessel motion predictions at long time horizons. The targeted applications include automatic target tracking, sensor resource management, and mission planning for platforms that surveil littoral waterways with dense and diverse surface traffic; including the P-8A (Poseidon) and unmanned helicopters. Feasibility was demonstrated through extensive analysis using simulated surveillance data, while prototype development and validation are currently underway. Toyon Research Corporation is a nationally recognized small business performing both technology development and defense systems analysis.
Technology Service Corporation (TSC) is a high technology company providing engineering consulting and products, electronic components for microwave, digital processing computer software, and automated test & control systems to the U.S. Government and industry. TSC is developing a High-Speed Bus Tester that will utilize IEEE Automatic Test Markup Language (ATML) Std. to incorporate Open Architecture (OA) test capability into DOD standard Automated Test Equipment. Our OA design allows users to modify and expand capabilities as necessary without proprietary restraints. To reduce risk and accelerate development, TSC is leveraging our proven automated test tool, TestForge Test Execute (TE). Initial market is U.S. Navy Depot Sustainment efforts using electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS); looking for the opportunity to fully develop and mature our TE and interfaces to provide DOD with the OA solution for High Speed Bus testing
Instead of training each Sailor in every mission-relevant skill—a costly proposition—it makes sense to optimize a team’s collective expertise. Group Learning and Optimization of Collaborative Workflows (GLOW), is a task distribution, collaboration, and peer review platform that optimizes team output, giving Naval Officers accurate data on Sailors’ strengths so they can make better training and tasking decisions to craft diverse, knowledgeable teams. Charles River Analytics, maker of intelligent systems solutions, has successfully demonstrated the feasibility with the development of a prototype Collaborative Workspace. GLOW will support rapid learning and development of group expertise for platforms such as the Distributed Common Ground System-Navy (DCGS-N) Program; teams will be constructed based upon collective expertise and individuals will acquire new knowledge and skills through peer collaboration.
The increasing capabilities of adversary submarines, combined with the challenging acoustic characteristics of littoral waters create a significant challenge, particularly for current tactical Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) systems, which are primarily platform centric and designed for mono-static operations. SeaLandAire Technologies (SLA) specializes in rapid development of advanced engineering solutions in a broad range of applications. SLA is developing an A-size Mid Frequency Active Sonobuoy (MFAS) capable of significantly improving the ASW effectiveness resulting in better defense for the carrier fleet in all ASW mission areas. The end objective of this Phase II is to have a field-proven buoy design that can then be moved to production and qualification, with the assistance of our transition partner.
TiER1 Performance Solutions focuses on people, performance, and organizations. We help transform organizations by developing training, strategic change, and organizational effectiveness programs for commercial and government clients. The Attentional Trainer to Improve Control of Unmanned Systems (ATTICUS) provides a gamified, scenario-based training tool to develop attentional skills in unmanned aerial system (UAS) operators. ATTICUS provides UAS operators an engaging, self-paced learning experience. The tool is specifically targeted to sensor operators but can be modified for a variety of UAS operators. The ATTICUS design process includes user testing and a human-in-the-loop, experimental study to evaluate training effectiveness. We are seeking a customer to assist in conducting pre- and post-training assessments of operator performance to demonstrate system effectiveness for improved operational outcomes.
Adaptive Immersion Technologies specializes in creating innovative training and human-performance management technologies. Their Sustained Attention Training in Unmanned and Remote Navigation (SATURN) system is an adaptive, game-based training system for unmanned aerial system (UAS) operators, targeting the attention control skills required during long-haul UAS missions. With a constant performance measurement capability, SATURN can automatically adapt training content to provide the right level of challenge based on an individual operator’s skill strengths and deficiencies. SATURN is intended to be operated as a standalone training device, as well as integrated into existing training simulators for UAS operators. Currently platform-agnostic, SATURN can be rapidly customized for any UAS platform, integrated with the required models, mission requirements, and associated attention control challenges.
Collaborative Airborne Anti-Submarine (ASW) Warfare Mission Evaluation and Optimization (CAMEO) provides web-based collaborative mission planning tools, applications, and services to synchronize mission execution, help communicate commander’s intent, substantially shorten the mission planning process, and improve the effectiveness of multi-platform, multi-sortie, multi-sensor airborne ASW and Surface Warfare (SUW). CAMEO is intended for use in the Navy's Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS), to coordinate and plan tactical and operational details of airborne ASW and SUW combat missions. CAMEO Phase II prototyping has extended and enhanced Phase I operational concepts. For 50+ years, Wagner Associates has developed/transitioned complex software components to prime contractors and Navy warfare systems, such as USW-DSS and MH-60R avionics. Our products include mission effectiveness evaluation and optimization, risk determination, and data fusion algorithms.
Hi-SPINOUT, adjunct to Automatic Test Equipment (ATE), enables slow, legacy ATEs to test high speed units under test (UUT). A.T.E. Solutions stands for “Advanced Test Engineering,” our aim is to find advanced solutions to test and test engineering problems. The initial platform on which Hi-SPINOUT will be demonstrated is the US Navy’s eCASS ATE at Lakehurst, NJ. Hi-SPINOUT is implemented on a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), which employs reconfigurable synthetic instruments (SIs) at high speed to interface with the UUT. An important instrument in high-speed testing is the bit error rate tester (BERT) that characterizes high-speed faults such as jitter. The innovation involves a breakthrough where tests can be performed through higher speed, TPS reuse, lower TPS development cost and delivering TPS capabilities earlier.
Smart Weather InstruMentS (SWIMS) system has a blimp that moves up/down in the air-sea boundary, collecting in-situ data up to 1km from the sea surface, tethered to an autonomous surface vehicle (ASV), enabling autonomous deployment to any location on the surface; improving data quality/quantity. It has a satellite communication link to remote command and control (C2) stations to stream real-time field data as well as receive any mission instructions, can operate unattended for 3-4 months with its onboard adaptive behavior based autonomy architecture enabling it to track and follow weather patterns, and can be fitted with sensor suites to fit with customer requirements, and Charles River Analytics, maker of intelligent systems solutions is targeting the Navy’s Meteorology & Oceanography (METOC) office, Coast Guard, and NOAA.
Increased power demands with limited cooling availability have stressed traditional generation systems resulting in reliability and maintenance challenges. PCKA’s AC-field Electrical Synchronous Generator (ACESG) is specifically designed for such stressing applications enabling sustained power in harsh extended temperature environments. As a design, analysis, and development company of advanced power and thermal systems, PCKA developed a rapid machine design technique that was used to design, construct, test, and successfully meet requirements for a full-scale ACESG hardware unit. PCKA is seeking funding to mature the technology. Furthermore, PCKA is looking for a manufacturing partner that would either license or produce the technology for the end customer.
Acellent designs, manufactures and supports our SMART Layer Technology based Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) systems to monitor the health and condition of diverse structures ranging from aircraft, spacecraft and rotor-craft to pipelines, bridges, wind turbines, autonomous cars, etc. Our state-of-the-art SHM systems offer active damage detection and impact damage detection that can be used to increase safety, decrease inspection costs and enhance maintenance performance for all composite and metal structures. Our Hybrid SHM system will enable the customer to detect damage, and to monitor in real-time the strains, temperatures, loads, and damage growth to know the health and integrity of their structure. The ultimate goal is to transition this technology to mass volume for government and commercial use.
The H-60 requires flexible engine wiring harnesses to operate in continuous, high-temperature conditions exceeding 425 deg C; however, no suitable insulation currently exist that can withstand these conditions. Consequently, UES partnered with the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) developed high-temperature wire insulation concepts enabling performance up to 450 deg C. Tests conducted after 50 hours of exposure at 425 deg C met all performance standards. One insulation concept lasted 50 times more cycles than the baseline in the needle abrasion test (SAE AS4373 Method 301) showing a dramatic durability improvement, the concepts may be applicable to legacy and current wiring, as a near drop-in replacement. UES, an employee-owned innovative science and technology company provides government and industry customers with superior research and development expertise, and world class support through on-site and in-house research.
Metis Design Corporation (MDC) is a recognized worldwide leader in the field of structural health monitoring. MDC has developed a unique approach for monitoring of fastened joints by developing an ultrasonic transducer that is integrated into rivets after they have been installed on a structure. The method effectively turns a row of fasteners into its own phased array, with the ability to scan for fatigue cracks or corrosion in any layer of the fastened stack-up. The main advantage of this approach is that it does not impact typical rivet installation, which would add risk and further certification requirements. This technology is initially targeted towards the CH-53K rotorcraft, but MDC seeks interest from other platforms with riveted joints who would benefit from condition-based maintenance enabling technologies.
The urgent call for improved nondestructive inspection (NDI) of aircraft is answered by the JENTEK jET® eddy current array tester, with inherent “intelligence” which enables rapid adaptation to address families of corrosion and crack detection needs for relatively thin structures.” Unique advantages and savings result from improved reliability and damage sizing and rapid inspection at competitive prices. This jET’s improved detection capability enables increases in safety and production efficiency, lowers costs and decreases aircraft turnaround times – increasing aircraft availability. JENTEK software offers unique “intelligence” through model based multivariate inverse methods using rapid searching of databases called HyperLattices® and spatial filtering. Several successful transitions for DoD continue to provide substantial return on investments, making new transitions and broader use likely. JENTEK seeks strategic investors and teaming relationships with DoD prime contractors to accelerate market penetration. Target platforms include Navy and Air Force fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.
ES3 a high-end engineering firm specializing in engineering and design of aircraft components and advanced material coatings for aerospace applications has been developing cold spray repair coatings and application techniques, robotic and handheld, MIL-Spec approved, that provide dimensional restoration using environmentally-friendly, corrosion resistant coating applications. ES3 successfully completed a similar effort with the US Air Force Phase I/II; development, demonstration and validation required for future implementation of the low-/mid- pressure (up to 250 psi) cold spray repair applications where lessons learned will be leveraged. Initially, the target market for this technology will be the USAF and USN depots that are responsible for refurbishing and restoring worn or damaged surfaces of on any aircraft platforms and/or ground support equipment manufactured from aluminum and magnesium substrates.
SCALABLE provides network design and analysis tools that enable customers to develop, plan, test and deploy wired, wireless, acoustic and optical networks in a high fidelity, physics-based simulation environment from undersea-to-space. SCALABLE is working with the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Program office to deliver a live/virtual/constructive Link-16 network environment that combines a Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol Version C (JREAP-C) application layer model, standards-compliant external interfaces to live radio hardware, J-series message generation and consumption capability, and functional interfaces to external simulation systems such as the Network Enabled Weapons Control Interface Module (NEWCIM). This will provide a robust, scalable Link-16 network system-in-the-loop capability as part of the Joint Network Emulator (JNE) library of military waveforms to enable predictable communications in all physical and cyber warfighting domains.
Redondo Optics is developing a lightweight, miniature size, and power efficient, distributed hybrid “piezo-electric/fiber-optic” acousto-ultrasound sensor (FAULSense™) network SHM system. The hybrid FAULSense™ system offers a unique capability for real-time load and damage detection, tracking, and prognosis of rotorcraft structural components; improving flight mission reliability and providing enhanced condition-based maintenance while reducing operational costs. FAULSense™ testing will demonstrate operation in extreme Navy rotorcraft environments and enable measurement in critical inaccessible locations such as the fuselage structure and the rotating parts of the rotorcraft. We seek to integrate with V-22 Vibration/Structural Life and Engine Diagnostics (VSLED) system to expand its functionality to perform inspections and structurally monitor large scale V-22 metallic and composite structure.
RTI System Designer is a computer software development tool that allows software engineers to graphically construct a Data Distribution Service (DDS) based computer network. DDS is used extensively throughout the DoD in general, and the Surface Navy in particular. RTI, a 20-year old 185-employee Silicon Valley company, is the world’s largest embedded middleware provider and was named “The Most Influential Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Company.” RTI successfully delivered multiple prototype versions of the RTI System Designer to the US Navy AN/SPY-6 (AMDR) Program. This tool is helping RTI maintain its industry-leading DDS market position by providing great value for our existing RTI Connext DDS customers. RTI is now seeking other DDS users to evaluate and provide feedback on the RTI System Designer tool.
CAMX Power Optical Torque Sensor is a non-contact sensor that measures the torque, speed and position of a variety of unmodified rotating shafts. The torque sensor is in development through a Navy SBIR contract in support of the Navy F/A-18 Hornet/Super Hornet program but has broad applications across the DoD and commercial systems with rotating shafts. These sensors enable predictive maintenance and optimization to reduced operating cost, increased performance and improved safety and reliability. CAMX Power, with our sister company TIAX, seek to partner with a major Defense, Aerospace, Transportation, Energy or Manufacturing Equipment company to demonstrate this capability in an operational environment.
New and rapidly changing threat environments necessitate increased capabilities in missile and munition path following. Systems Technology, Inc. (STI) is developing missile modeling and pseudospectral optimization technologies to perform real-time path optimization to meet this challenging threat environment. This capability allows the missile to attack fixed and moving targets, change targets, and perform multi-phase missions including adapting to threats, countermeasures, etc. With a more than 60 year history, STI is an industry leader in the design, analysis and implementation of dynamic vehicle models and control methodologies that are directly applicable to this problem. Development risk is diminished through the extensive use of desktop simulations and close coordination with the relevant Program/Project Manager, Air (PMA) to establish realistic scenarios and constraints on missile performance and capabilities.
Optimax, the largest privately-owned precision optics company in the U.S., specializing in short lead times on prototype optical components of all geometries and sizes between 3 – 500 mm has developed a large working-volume polishing and finishing platform for precision optical components. It’s geared towards large extreme freeform optics that match the curvature of an airframe, such as those protecting sensor arrays on all aircraft including the MQ-25 Stingray and can serve as upgrades to traditional windows like the Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) found on next generation aircraft. Optimax has produced a 550 x 500 mm square extreme freeform component with 170 mm of sag to <1 µm rms surface figure error from fused quartz; several other freeform optical components have also been polished on this platform.
The sensors on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), such as the MQ-25 Stingray require conformal windows for protection from the elements. With 35+ years of experience developing and manufacturing precision optical fabrication machines and metrology systems, OptiPro has developed OptiSonic ultrasonic machining that adds ultrasonic vibration while grinding. Coupled with UltraForm Finishing (UFF), a sub-aperture polishing process involving a moving belt of polishing material wrapped around a precision compressive wheel and UltraSmooth Finishing (USF), which smooths mid-spatial frequency content and corrects the figure error of a surface by polishing with a mid to large size aperture tool, companies can cost-effectively manufacture 24”x24” conformal windows and other large precision optical components to sub-micron accuracy. Prime Contractors have already integrated OptiSonic, UFF, and USF onto their manufacturing floors.
Optimax, the largest privately-owned precision optics company in the U.S., specializing in short lead times on prototype optical components of all geometries and sizes between 3 – 500 mm has developed a non-interferometric, reflection-based, metrology system for characterizing mid-spatial frequency errors on arbitrarily shaped precision optical components. It’s used in-situ, mounted on a robotic-arm based polishing platform, enabling the manufacture of aspheric and freeform optics (e.g. conformal windows) that will be efficient, cost effective, and precise; representing the next generation in electro-optic sensor windows. Integrating metrology onto the manufacturing platform solves the issues of physically moving large conformal windows and the associated time, cost and safety issues of repeatable moving large, heavy optics; offering the manufacturing and metrology capabilities to produce larger optics than currently available.
Future weapon systems require sensor windows that can survive severe mechanical and thermal stresses while providing the optical performance necessary for target recognition. CeraNova’s proprietary process produces spinel with high in-line transmission (>80% from 200nm to 5000nm) and strength 2-3 times higher than other spinels. CeraNova spinel can provide the improved optical/mechanical/thermal performance required for demanding applications, i.e., sensor windows, missile domes and transparent armor. CeraNova specializes in high technology ceramics process and product development, especially transparent optical ceramics for defense and commercial applications. Large spinel conformal windows (16”x16”) and plates (20”x20”) are being developed; transparent 4”x4” tiles have been produced for ballistic testing (Q3/Q4 2018). We seek application and transition partners for relevant environment testing and evaluation leading to prototype and pilot scale manufacturing.
The Global Positioning System (GPS) provides extremely precise Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) information; however, GPS may not be available or reliable in Anti Access, Area Denial (A2/AD) environments. Charles River Analytics, a leading provider of innovative R&D solutions for increasingly complex and important human-systems challenges has developed a system for Stealthy radiofrequency (RF)-based Alternative PNT (STRAP). STRAP intelligently fuses data from multiple sources to generate accurate estimates and ensure adaptable, robust performance under varied environmental and tactical conditions; uses an innovative, RF-based localization technology that is covert, jam-resistant, GPS-independent, and as accurate as GPS; uses inputs from miniaturized IMUs and aiding sensors to enable accurate navigation even if all other localization inputs fail; and uses hardware that will be small, lightweight, low-power, low-cost, and compatible with military aircraft and UAVs.
Touchstone Research Laboratory, an award-winning developer of advanced materials for commercial and government customers, has developed an innovative prepreg tape made from continuous fiber aluminum metal matrix composite (MMC) material that is four times stronger and stiffer than standard aluminum alloys. When applied to aluminum hulled ships, the MMC prepreg tape can both prevent cracks and retard crack growth and, thus, significantly reduce maintenance and repair costs. The higher strength and stiffness compared to traditional composite patches makes the MMC prepreg suitable for repairs on mechanically loaded structures as well. These benefits translate into increased time on mission across a wide range of ship classes. The plan is to add MMC prepreg to the current patch repair kit.
The goal of the Forward Resuscitative Surgical Station (FRSS) is to save both “life and limb”. During operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, USMC FRSS units identified a need for an oxygen generating system that is rugged, portable and uses less power than current capabilities. TDA Research, a technology developer that provides innovative solutions, has developed the Expeditionary Portable Oxygen Generator System (EPOGS) that meets all the requirements identified in MIL-STD-810G. Our system is lighter, uses less energy, produces more oxygen than current models which will increase the survival rate of Marines’ due to life threatening wounds. A world leader in providing superior technological solutions to the DoD and other government agencies, TDA is looking to partner with similar like-minded organizations.
ATA Engineering has developed a lightweight and compact insulating barrier for expeditionary shelters. Based on a tensioned cellular fabric design concept, the barrier is intended to reduce electrical power consumption and packed size/weight of operational equipment by improving insulation qualities of softwall shelters. ATA is an engineering services company that provides innovative simulation and testing solutions to our customers in the defense, aerospace, and other mechanical design industries. The company leveraged this expertise in developing a barrier design for the Marine Corps’ Expeditionary Shelter System (ESS) (Medium), sold by HDT Global as the Base-X Model 305. ATA’s insulating barrier replaces both the existing interior liner and radiant barrier used in the ESS (Medium), greatly reducing the logistical footprint for the warfighter while improving insulative performance.
In combating terrorism, Warfighters must monitor threatening individuals and groups. The data sources needed to monitor such entities can consist of military sensors as well as open source data sources. Key data types include unstructured text, audio, imagery, and biometric data. Currently, there does not exist a way to run specific searches in response to a tactical information need against large distributed heterogeneous data stores. To address this, we have developed a system called Discovering Valued Information in a Cloud Environment (DVICE). DVICE provides a framework to correlate, fuse, and exploit key observations which have been extracted from distributed data sources to provide a consolidated and correlated knowledge product to the Warfighter. DVICE is based on a cloud computing platform. Decisive Analytics is an Employee-owned company providing data processing capabilities that move beyond simple extraction by automatically organizing, identifying, and extracting activities and relationships from large corpora of text, imagery, video, and audio. We are seeking opportunities to transition this capability to programs where identifying threats from a large corpus of multi-source data set in real time is a difficult challenge.
Entities and relationships are mentioned in many ways within documents, web pages, news sites, and other unstructured data sources. Resolving these mentions automatically can be a difficult challenge, however this capability solves that problem. It provides an entity and relationship co-reference resolution capability that accurately collapses entity mentions and identifies/characterizes relationships. This capability is targeted to military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance programs and is particularly suited for the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS). The capability is currently being tested and transitioned in a cloud environment with the DCGS-A and DCGS-N programs. Decisive Analytics is an Employee-owned company providing data processing capabilities that move beyond simple extraction by automatically organizing, identifying, and extracting activities and relationships from large corpora of text, imagery, video, and audio. We are seeking opportunities to transition this capability to programs where making sense of entity mentions in a large corpus of text is a difficult challenge.
Rapid response missions to remote, unknown areas require time-sensitive development of intelligence from multi-source data including open source, historic imagery, and live collections. Capabilities currently exist to extract low-level information (i.e. entities, relationships, and actions) from these large-scale data sources but it must be aggregated with surrounding context to provide analytical value. Therefore, DAC has developed a system called Automated Concept Map Elicitation (ACME). The ACME system is focused on providing users with a rapid, visual mechanism for developing situational awareness around a specific intelligence requirement from multi source data. ACME extracts information stored across numerous ontologies, utilizes automated clustering of entity nodes and relationships to simplify the developed concept maps, and include an intuitive visualization of concept maps based on knowledge pertinent to the specific intelligence requirement. Decisive Analytics is an Employee-owned company providing data processing capabilities that move beyond simple extraction by automatically organizing, identifying, and extracting activities and relationships from large corpora of text, imagery, video, and audio. We are seeking opportunities to transition this capability to programs where making identifying the high-level concepts in such data is a difficult challenge.
HYPRES, Inc. (HYPRES) – a superconducting electronics company – offers design, development, fabrication, testing and packaging services for their digital Radio Frequency (RF) product-lines. This Phase II effort develops technology to manufacture high quality RF transmission lines using superconductor materials with a higher transition temperature than the Nb used in the circuits. This allows a lowering of thermal parasitics on the 4K stage. HYPRES’ Advanced Digital Receiver (ADR) enables full spectrum monitoring and maximizes signal reception for military satellite communication, signal intelligence, radar, electronic warfare systems and tactical data links, providing improved surveillance capabilities, detection of smaller targets, and superior range. Direct RF digitizing eliminates front-end analog components reducing size, weight, and power by 50%. A world leader in advanced digital RF superconductor technology development and production, HYPRES seeks program office and prime contractor support, and equity investors to transition ADR systems for DoD applications and commercial markets.
Quantum Semiconductor (QS) is developing a Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor technology with two key disruptive innovations: (A) Photo-diode with large noiseless internal gain achieved at 3.5V, for extreme light sensitivity, including single-photon counting; (B) Atomistically-engineered epitaxial Group-IV materials, for efficient light-absorption from the Visible to Long-Wavelength Infra-Red (LWIR). These materials also enable light-emission in infrared (IR), thereby enabling monolithically-integrated light sensors and emitters. The innovations are protected by 20 US patents, 18 foreign patent filings, with additional patents pending. The technology can be applicable to many sensor programs. QS is interested in strategic partnerships with prime contractors and in equity investments, which will be needed for productization. QS is a fabless semiconductor company founded in 2001.
Sensing Strategies, Inc. has developed a remote sensing system to detect, locate (at standoff distances), threat lasers used to harass, target or damage a U.S. asset. As the laser technology on a modern battlefield increases, so does the warfighter need for situational awareness to identify the source, analyze it and apply the correct response based on the signature associated with the threat. SSI has designed, fabricated and tested a high energy laser locator sensor (HELLOCS) using established algorithms for rapid threat identification. HELLOCS can be integrated onboard ships or aircraft depending on engagement scenario. Modeling, simulation and testing have led to deployment strategies for effective implementation. As the system matures through transition, SSI will team with hardware developers and collaborators to deliver field deployable systems.
Reactive Metals International, Inc. (RMII), an American owned and operated small business, combined with its co-located sister company MACHI Specialty Chemicals, provide over 30 years of product development and manufacture experience. RMII produces reactive metal and thermitic composite powders capable of providing enhanced, tunable mechanical and thermodynamic performance. RMII has a full suite of in-house analytical capabilities that include projectile impact calorimetry, enabling complete reactive material system development and characterization services through scalable in-house reactive materials production. Component density, impulse, time-on-target, reaction rate, heat of combustion and fragmentation behavior may all be optimized. Defense applications include structural reactive components and additives that enhance lethality / performance in ordnance, propellants and explosives.
Metamagnetics has developed a technology to defend against damaging high power microwave (HPM) attacks by using Frequency Selective Limiters. The device protects a system by suppressing dangerous signals strong enough to harm the system, but allows weaker friendly signals to pass through the antenna unaffected. Alternative solutions fall short by only blocking a single damaging signal or fail to allow desired signals to pass through during the attack. FSLs can mitigate multiple signals simultaneously and allow continuous system operation. Initial target platforms include military radar, EW, and communication systems. Lower power devices are already targeted for transition within the Navy for EW pod protection. Metamagnetics, specializing in advanced magnetic materials, is looking to integrate this technology into new platforms with primes and government agencies.
Vigilant Cyber Systems, Inc. (VCS) has developed the Cyber Battle Damage Assessment Tool (CyBDAT). A modeling tool that enables a comparative analysis between information related capabilities and traditional kinetic fires during mission planning, within Computer Network Attack (CNA), Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) and Electronic Attack (EA) events. Using game theoretic modeling we have developed a methodology to quantify the value of cyber exploits and electronic attack within the context of relevant mission threads to rapidly inform decision made on the battlefield. The future Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) operation will be characterized by smaller, agile units operating in a distributed environment encountering an array of friendly and enemy networks communication and computer-based systems. To be effective in this battlespace all echelons will be required to leverage technology, create collaborative environments to coordinate ground and airborne non-kinetic capabilities, synchronized with transitional fires.
Advanced tools and technologies are required to support high-performance deformable mirror (DM) development for Laser Beam Control Adaptive-Optic (AO) systems. The need to characterize DM dynamic response is key to performance improvement in future high-bandwidth AO systems able to compensate in real-time for atmospheric turbulence. MIEDAS directly responds to this DoD need as a unique comprehensive testing station employing an architecture supporting optical metrology multiple modalities tailored for varied DM device designs. The system’s functionality has been verified on varied DM device designs. AS&T specializes in providing advanced solutions to critical problems in laser beam control and support technologies. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government/prime contractor systems for facilitating enhanced laser beam control performance.
Formed in 2012, Advanced Ceramic Fibers (ACF) developed and produces Fi-Bar™, a high performance and temperature affordable ceramic carbide fiber made directly from carbon fiber. This fiber is structural “re-bar” to metal and ceramic matrices increasing their strength-to-weight ratios and heat tolerance for composite applications. Fi-Bar™ ceramic composites support the NAVY's goals for turbine engines to operate at 27000F and also for affordable steel and aluminum composites for armor and structural applications. Broad patents and trade secrets protect Fi-Bar™ to be used in any material matrix. ACF demonstrated the capability to fabricate unique Fi-Bar™ ceramic composites during the Phase I project. ACF looks forward to licensing agreements, equity investment and/or direct material acquisition by prime contractors and/or the DoD.
Out of the Fog Research LLC has developed technology that improves signal intelligence (SIGINT) systems by mitigating interference blocking the detection of signals-of-interest (SOI). Shipboard testing by SPAWAR has demonstrated improved detection of ranked SOI. The value to the warfighter is increased probability-of-intercept (POI) of very weak SOI. Improved performance is accomplished using advanced cryogenic tunable notch filters and low noise amplifiers (LNAs). Out of the Fog Research has a Phase III contract for production RF distribution units to transition technology into the Navy Cryptological Carry-On Program (CCOP) and Shipboard Signals Exploitation Equipment (SSEE). Out of the Fog Research seeks relationships with other Navy SYSCOMs and DoD hardware contractors to extend this technology to improve performance of airborne, armored vehicle and man-portable SIGINT and communication systems.
Submarines are vulnerable to detection by passive sonar systems. To assist submarines in minimizing their vulnerability, DASS incorporates several uncertain and fluctuating parameters, including own-ship radiated noise and environmental conditions, into an acoustic vulnerability assessment. Daniel H. Wagner Associates has more than fifty years of experience in Navy algorithm development, and is assisted by the University of Michigan, who has developed a statistical approach, validated in environments of interest, to accurately account for uncertainty in acoustic underwater environments. DASS utilizes this environmental characterization to assess both real-time vulnerability and mission plans, account for both known and unknown threats, and provide tactical recommendations that reduce friendly submarine vulnerability. DASS will be transitioned to U.S. submarines via the Advanced Processor Build (APB) process and integrated into the Mission Planning Application (MPA).
The technology consists of a compact, self-propelled, autonomous buoy/vessel, featuring an “inertia-based” wave energy harvesting system to provide long-duration operation of an ASW sonar system. The vessel utilizes a combination of inertial wave energy capture devices, diesel generator, and high-density batteries to power electric thrusters to effect vessel transit or station-keeping. Ocean Power Technologies systems use ocean waves to provide clean, reliable and persistent electric power and comms for many offshore applications, including ASW sonar, radar, surveillance, surveying, communications, and met-ocean sensing. Technology provides reliable, persistent power in a compact easy-to-deploy design. Testing has verified the performance (efficiency) and reliability of critical components. Goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and contractor autonomous, long-duration systems.
RTI System Designer, a computer software development tool, provides software engineers capability to graphically construct Data Distribution Service (DDS) based computer networks. DDS is used extensively throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) in general, and the Surface Navy in particular. RTI, a 20-year old 150-employee Silicon Valley company and the world’s largest embedded middleware provider, was named “The Most Influential Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Company.” RTI successfully delivered multiple prototype versions of RTI System Designer to the US Navy AN/SPY-6 Air and Missile Defense (AMDR) Prime Contractor. This tool helps RTI maintain its industry-leading DDS market position by providing great value to existing RTI Connext DDS customers. RTI is seeking other DDS users to evaluate and provide feedback on the RTI System Designer tool.
RTI System Designer, a computer software development tool, provides software engineers capability to graphically construct Data Distribution Service (DDS) based computer networks. DDS is used extensively throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) in general, and the Surface Navy in particular. RTI, a 20-year old 150-employee Silicon Valley company and the world’s largest embedded middleware provider, was named “The Most Influential Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Company.” RTI successfully delivered multiple prototype versions of RTI System Designer to the US Navy AN/SPY-6 Air and Missile Defense (AMDR) Prime Contractor. This tool helps RTI maintain its industry-leading DDS market position by providing great value to existing RTI Connext DDS customers. RTI is seeking other DDS users to evaluate and provide feedback on the RTI System Designer tool.
Materials Sciences Corporation (MSC), of Horsham, Pennsylvania, in partnership with Seemann Composites Inc. (SCI), of Gulfport, Mississippi have designed, fabricated and proof-tested a lightweight, durable, corrosion-resistant composite stern ramp for the Navy’s Landing Craft Air Cushion Vehicle (LCAC-43). Successful proof-testing of the first-article stern ramp prototype has demonstrated the superior durability and structural performance of the composite solution while realizing weight savings projections of approximately 40% over in-service aluminum ramps. The MSC/SCI team is currently in the process of leveraging this successful demonstration in the development of a composite bow ramp structural solution. Pending the successful demonstration of a bow ramp prototype, Navy PMS-377 projections indicate the potential for significant operational life-cycle cost savings for the LCAC100 fleet through the implementation of composite vehicle ramps.
Oxide/oxide ceramic matrix composites (Ox-Ox CMCs) are targeted for high-temperature aerospace, defense, and energy applications including hypersonic vehicles, missiles, projectiles, and gas turbine engines. Applied Thin Films, Inc. (ATFI) specializes in the development of ceramic materials and coatings for high-temperature environments. ATFI’s Cerablak™ CMCs, fabricated using commercially-available ceramic fibers and proprietary matrix materials, are considered best-performers for electrical and thermomechanical performance and are targeted for curved, thermal protection system radiofrequency (RF) windows, including potential use with the Hypervelocity Projectile (HVP) being developed under the ONR FNC program. Recent developments include 3D-woven fiber CMCs for enhanced interlaminar properties and surface-engineered coatings for improved durability and thermal performance. Our goal is to commercialize this technology into government/prime contractor systems for use in hypersonics and aircraft engines.
Conventional RF measurement technologies do not support high frequency remote sensing and system health monitoring of radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems. EOSPACE’s unique analog optical/RF sensor technology enables embedded system health monitoring of critical RF systems and leverages the low loss and immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI) of optical fiber to transport system analog data from remote sensors to a secure processing center. The technology is modular, broadband, and extensible, supporting future Navy frequency bands well beyond 40 GHz. A prototype optical/RF measurement system was delivered to the Navy. EOSPACE specializes in high performance electro-optic modulators, switches and integrated optical circuits (IOCs) for Aerospace and Defense fiber optic links. Our goal is to transition this technology to future shipborne radar/EW health monitoring systems.
iCut™ – A novel Hybrid: induction plus arc plasma plus oxygen, cuts steel at 5X the speed for shipbreaking and production cutting. Eliminates fumes due to coatings for shipbreaking, including submarine hulls. Corporate experience delivering metalworking systems: robots, portable/mobile robots and mechanized gantries to shipyards, and Heavy Fabrication. Systems can operate outdoors in shipyards and heavy fabrication including field locations. Tested on ¼” – 4” plate, capable of cutting thicknesses up to many inches. Cuts steel faster than any other process, it can be used with induction and plasma only on aluminum, stainless, titanium. Laboratory and shipyard environments testing has proven the process; it is protected by patent and trade secrets. Interested in system fabrication/delivery financing and/or equity investment for market expansion.
Imagery from submarine sensor masts often suffers from a variety of artifacts, which negatively impacts image quality and performance of downstream processing algorithms. Charles River Analytics, a leading provider of innovative R&D solutions for increasingly complex and important human-systems challenges developed Submarine Imaging Real-time Enhancement (SIREN) to detect and correct these artifacts in real-time, which is currently done manually. Beyond a set of “gold standard” video enhancement algorithms and novel artifact removal techniques, SIREN features an image analysis module that detects which artifacts are present and automatically applies the correct enhancement algorithms. Besides submarines, other Navy platforms using EO/IR sensors would benefit from an automated video enhancement system. Legacy security and surveillance systems could use SIREN to immediately improve video quality without expensive hardware upgrades.
Radars are a fundamental component of a surface combatant ship’s mission and are a key contributor of individual ship and battlegroup Operational Availability (AO). IAI, a research organization with extensive experience developing cutting edge software solutions, is developing a predictive condition-based maintenance (CBM) tool designed for high-powered phased array radar systems to provide continuous online health monitoring and system maintenance recommendations. This tool, Reliability Analysis enhanced Prediction System (RAPS), provides a ranked list of components and associated maintenance requirements that need attention, as a result this may lengthen the system’s operational life, ability to forecast failure, and determine component/system Remaining Useful Life (RUL), based on historical fault data and real time system monitoring. RAPS has the potential to increase AO, improve maintenance efficiency, and reduce costly unscheduled maintenance.
The Surface Composite Tracker Component, a multi-sensor tracking and fusion system, built upon Numerica’s patented Multiple Frame Assignment (MFA) tracking algorithms, developed over 20+ years and deployed in a variety of environments, performs integrated surface threat tracking for Navy surface platforms. Intended to be a Navy Product Line Architecture compliant software component that can be integrated (“plugged-in”) into numerous Navy platforms, it has been analyzed and tested on a significant amount of sensor data from various Navy test events on multiple ships. Numerica seeks to transition its algorithm into current and future Navy surface platforms such as AEGIS, the Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS), Littoral Combat Ship, and others to provide the situational awareness and target information necessary for effective defense.
White River Technologies (WRT), a small business focused on magnetics detection applications, in collaboration with Naval Sea Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC-PC) is developing "MAGNUM," a magnetic sensing confirmation module for the MK18 family of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs). MAGNUM significantly improves Navy capabilities to locate, classify, and neutralize undersea explosive threats. This technology addresses the challenges of high clutter, target burial, and heavy marine growth environments where detection and classification is difficult. Extending integrated acoustics for mine countermeasures (MCM), MAGNUM fuses low-noise magnetic sensors for improved performance. This innovative magnetometer approach provides acoustic target clutter rejection via a single-axis gradiometer configuration (M1XG). MAGNUM consists of a nose-cone module housing miniaturized magnetometer, data interface module, integrated DSP, and data archival/exfiltration modules.
GIRD Systems has developed a novel anti-jam waveform for maritime environments with high J/S ratios with throughput of several Mbps. The highly flexible waveform is parameterizable for different channel conditions and throughput. GIRD Systems is an innovative and agile small business satisfying DoD’s signal processing and communications needs. The target application is line-of-sight (LOS) communications between Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and mission packages for the Multiple Vehicle Communication System (MVCS). The anti-jam LOS waveform has been demonstrated in the laboratory with worst case conditions. The new waveform needs to be ported into an existing military radio platform. We are seeking input from the end customer and DoD prime contractors.
Performance of active sonar systems may be degraded by strong backscattering from resonant biological acoustic scatterers such as air-filled swim bladders in fish. Applied Research in Acoustics’ (ARiA) adaptive signal processing algorithms unmask targets near regions of strong biological clutter to prevent target suppression in the detector. Better-preserved signals and new secondary classification features enable better target discrimination from clutter. Integration of ARiA’s advanced signal processing, enables automated and semi-automated sonar signal detection and classification, thus reducing operator workload. ARiA’s signal processing enhancements are targeted for the AN/SQQ89A(V)15 Integrated Undersea Warfare (USW) Combat System Suite’s pulsed active sonar (PAS) function segment (PASFS) echo tracker classifier (ETC). However, the developed algorithms are suitable for integration into most active sonar or radar platforms.
Trident Systems develops software solutions for many critical military applications. After 3 decades experience, Trident has developed an innovative tool, SCIAT, which reduces time, effort, cost of testing, and overall life cycle cost while improving system reliability. Currently Trident is assisting two Primes with metric determinations within their software build and qualification testing framework. SCIAT’s innovative code-2-code automated comparison methodology determines the indirect impact of changes on the unchanged code, recommends improvements to the tests to maintain code coverage, and identifies the tests to execute to verify the changes within the new build. This automation provides an objective code assessment with reduced oversight. Trident seeks companies that desire to improve their software quality while reducing their development and testing costs.
Adaptive Methods’ multi-static sonar processing increases sonar systems probability of detection and overall detection, classification, and localization (DCL) effectiveness. This multi-static capability is unique in that it does not require communications between the active source and receiver. The capability can operate without source-receiver communications or prior knowledge of the transmission scheme. Laboratory prototypes demonstrate effectiveness of multi-static algorithms using recorded data. The initial capability is targeted for integration into the AN/SQQ-89 Combat System on Cruisers and Destroyers. This capability can allow Navy forces to minimize active emissions to protect marine species or avoid active interference.
For the crew of a Navy ship, especially the lightly crewed Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), maintenance and upkeep of its considerable computer networks is a challenge. TEAMS® Network brings together QSI’s proven technology of complex equipment diagnostics and prognostics into the realm of computer networks. It allows the crew to easily identify, predict and localize network failures and determine corrective actions. QSI’s TEAMS® Network, unlike other network monitoring solutions, guides and elevates the crew’s troubleshooting ability and facilitates proactive and predictive network maintenance. The initial platform for this technology is Navy’s LCS platform. Our goal is to be a technology provider for Navy’s comprehensive condition based maintenance (CBM) initiative and leverage and extend this technology for other Navy ship platforms.
Ship tank maintenance and damage control surveys are expensive and labor-intensive endeavors that regularly expose maintenance crews to significant environmental and safety hazards. Intelligent Automation Inc. (IAI) is developing GECKO, an agile and dexterous robot designed to meet all requirements for remote Level 1 inspection of ship’s tanks and voids that will reduce task execution time and manpower. For mobility, GECKO combines vacuum crawler technology with IAI's legged robot locomotion technology to traverse unstructured ship tank environments. For manipulation, GECKO leverages IAI's state-of-the-art Multi-Arm Robot Control System (MARCS) technology to enable an operator to perform dexterous inspection and maintenance tasks. GECKO has been prototyped, and is currently being matured, with the goal of transitioning to the Navy fleet. We are also looking for commercial partners.
Our Compact Repair System (CRS) uses miniaturized, additive friction stir welding to reinforce thinning fuel system pipes in challenging areas. Creare LLC is an applied engineering research and development firm, with a long history of developing and transitioning advanced technologies for defense applications. The USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is the near-term target customer for this technology. Our CRS will reduce costs, improve quality, and increase flexibility. We have demonstrated the key elements of the CRS and how these elements far exceed the Navy’s requirements. The ultimate goal is to transition our technology to our product-focused sister-company who will build, sell, and support our system in response to a Navy procurement.
Passive sonar is an essential tool for covertly detecting threats to friendly submarines. However, it is difficult to accurately determine threat range directly from passive sonar contacts. SETUS is designed to enhance threat range estimation by accounting for uncertain environmental conditions, threat acoustic signature, and threat tactics. SETUS is developed by Daniel H. Wagner Associates, who has more than fifty years of experience in Navy algorithm development, including pioneering work in anti-submarine warfare (ASW). SETUS combines a new statistical approach to account for uncertainties in the acoustic environment, and a sophisticated Agent-Based Simulation with Bayesian Weights (ABSBW) algorithm to infer threat range, acoustic signature, and tactics. SETUS will be transitioned to U.S. submarines via the Advanced Processor Build (APB) software development Step process.
Beacon’s Innovation Lifecycle Management software utilizes shipboard operational data to create a more complete picture of lifecycle needs. Shipboard and shore-based decision-making and action-taking become more informed and precise, improving Mission Readiness & Assurance. Beacon, a WOSB, is a software company that utilizes data analytics and digitization of human activity to streamline the performance of industrial and knowledge-based workers. By integrating digital environments and humans, Beacon is making the Industrial Internet of Things work for the US Navy. The Company is targeting defense applications such as shipboard data management, maintenance, energy management, and safety and compliance. The first versions of the technology are in test, having been built using aggregate shipboard operational data. Beacon is seeking strategic and equity partners for growth.
ASSETT's Acoustic Array Assessment Tool (A4T) enables array design optimization/trade-off analysis prior to prototype implementation and sea trial experimentation. ASSETT, Inc. is an engineering, research and development firm headquartered in Manassas, Virginia. A4T is targeted to support acoustic sensor array evaluation for the Navy's Columbia Class (Ohio Replacement) Ballistic Missile Submarine. A4T employs reverse far-field processing (RFFP) to accurately simulate the impacts of real ocean environments, on candidate array designs. A4T has yielded significant improvement in the simulation of correlated ocean noise, new visualization techniques for 3D beam-patterns and volumetric data, and vast improvements in computing efficiency using graphical processing unit (GPU) innovative synthetic scenario generation capabilities. Acoustic sensor system engineering, and acoustic sensor array prime contractors are targeted for phase II technology transfer.
When submarines deploy the TB-16/TB-34 towed array sonar system using the Lightweight Tow Cable (LWTC), it has a propensity to buckle rendering the towed array out of commission. METSS is developing a new outer jacket for the LWTC by designing a high density polyethylene (HDPE) resin system that will improve the LWTC axial compression strength, improve cut resistance to longline fishing lines, and improve the cut resistance of the submarine’s torpedo guide wire. METSS is leveraging commercially available HDPE base resins and carbon black masterbatch materials to streamline technology transition process making them compatible with current manufacturing process.
The overall scope of this SBIR effort is the design, development, test and evaluation of a bistatic sensor processing system, to include Tactical Decision Aids (TDA’s) and Mission Planning Tools (MPT’s), implemented as an adaptation to existing monostatic processing capability and for ultimate transition to established Navy SONAR system builds. The ability to localize threat submarine forces in a battlefield scenario by judicious application of bistatic capability in surface ship, submarine, and fixed SONAR systems provides important collaborative benefits to the Full Spectrum Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) kill chain. The approach taken then, as well as the Concept of Operations (CONOPS) documented as part of this approach, would minimize localization error as well as maximize target confidence by mitigation of understood limiting factors inherent in bistatics.
Closures protect payloads from surrounding environments during underwater launch. San Diego Composites, Inc. (SDC) has developed a replacement technology and modified design that utilizes readily available, low cost, off-the-shelf materials, and an optimized design to improve manufacturability and reduce cost of the existing design. SDC is an aerospace and defense company with in-house capabilities to develop and produce products and systems and stands ready to complete development and work with the prime contractor and the U.S. Navy to qualify, integrate, and transition the replacement technology into the current design.
The Electrostatically Supported Gyro Navigator (ESGN) is a complex inertial navigation system that deploys on a submarine. IAI, a research organization with extensive experience in developing cutting edge software solutions, is developing a fault isolation capability called Advanced Prognostics Tool (APT) which provides troubleshooting recommendations to assigned Navigation Electronic Technicians. APT is a self-learning tool that accumulates knowledge based on past maintenance cases and incorporates information from the Field Engineer Information System and Level II Repair Manuals. APT will increase Operational Availability (AO), improve cost efficiency, and increase management efficiency by maintaining a central, accessible database of ESGN maintenance history across the submarine fleet.
ATA Engineering, Inc. (ATA) has developed a computational toolset for simulating complex thermo-mechanical responses of woven carbon-carbon (C/C) composite materials. The toolset, COMPAS(TM), is fully integrated within the ABAQUS finite element analysis environment to provide a novel capability for assessing the design of C/C thermal protection system (TPS) components used on spacecraft, reentry systems, and hypersonic vehicles. From partial information about constituent materials and limited mechanical test data, COMPAS extracts material model parameters (e.g., stiffness, strength) along with associated statistical distributions. As ATA completes comprehensive validation of the toolset’s predictive accuracy through comparison with a variety of experimental test data, we seek opportunities to utilize the technology in providing modeling and simulation services to DoD, NASA, and contractors developing flight systems for extreme environments.
When escorting ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), Type Auxiliary Combat General Escorts (T-AGSEs) maintain their relative position using their dynamic positioning (DP) systems, which rely on scanning lasers to measure positions of targets mounted on SSBNs. Laser sensors performance degrades with rain, snow, fog, smoke, bright lights/sun, and/or excessive vessel motion. Charles River Analytics, a leading provider of innovative R&D solutions for increasingly complex/important human-systems challenges developed Sensor system for Precise Automatic Relative-position Keeping (SPARK) using short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) and covert radiofrequency (RF) sensors to track surfaced SSBNs under all plausible environmental conditions, doesn’t require Sailors to go on deck when underway, and meets regulatory standards for system redundancy by incorporating independent systems based on two different physical principles. Opportunities also exist for SPARK in the commercial maritime industry.
Tactical Troubleshooting Tool (T3) integrates Tactical Data Link configuration settings from multiple legacy systems onboard US Navy ships into a centralized browser-based interface and distributes them via a pub-sub framework to remote, authorized users. Developed by a team of experienced engineers with warfighter input, this project streamlines the process for troubleshooting multi-TDL network connectivity issues by providing a collaborative, real-time environment to view network status and configurations, and recommend corrective actions. T3 interfaces directly with the Common Data Link Management System (CDLMS) but can be configured to interface with other TDL systems. The initial transition target is Command and Control Program Office (PMW 150). Fuse is pursuing opportunities to apply this dynamic, flexible system to DoD and civilian applications that require a remote, global view of aggregated data.
Propel LLC, a human-centered textile technologies design company, has applied stitchless seaming technology in order to enhance the performance of DOD clothing, personal protective equipment, and other textile items. Successful testing of stitchless seam garments in relevant field environments validated laboratory test data. Manufacturing assessments indicate that the transition from low rate to full rate production in sufficient quantities to meet Navy requirements is highly feasible. The completion of a Phase III contract to design and prototype a new Navy Damage Control (Steam) Suit confirms the technology’s value and transition capability. Integration of Propel’s stitchless seam technology into suitable new and existing clothing items and textile systems will enhance their form, fit, and function and reduce item weight.
Creare’s Carbureted Fuel Injection System (CFIS) is a fueling system that enhances the stability and robustness of augmentor combustion. The target application is the F135 engine that is currently used in the F-35. Augmentors must operate reliably over a large flight envelope, and issues such as augmentor screech can limit the flight envelope and thrust of the augmentor. CFIS fuel injectors more-optimally fuel the augmentor, leading to enhanced combustion stability and more robust overall combustion. This benefits all aspects of augmentor performance including stability, thrust, pattern factor, and emissions. The CFIS technology designed allows retrofit on existing engines and was recently demonstrated in a high-fidelity rig test at AFRL-WPAFB. Currently developing a CFIS hardware set and anticipate a demonstration during CY 2018. Creare is an engineering R&D services firm that has developed innovative thermal/fluid technology and helped solve our clients’ most challenging problems since 1961. Creare seeks to obtain exposure for this technology within the F-35 program, and also establish relationships with additional programs involving gas turbine augmentors for future systems.
MaxPower has developed an 8kW primary lithium battery for high power sonobuoy applications. The Vanadium Pentoxide system is well suited for replacing thionyl chloride and sulfur dioxide batteries traditionally used in high power primary systems such as those found in the SSQ125 sonobuoy. Though presently produced in a 5/4 C sized cell format, this technology is easily adapted to flat plate active cells as well as reserve systems. Full battery testing has demonstrated a power density of 4084 W/l and specific power of 2711 W/kg at discharge rates up to 45°C. MaxPower Incorporated is a battery research and development company with focus in rapid prototyping and low volume production. We are seeking applications in need of mature, scalable, high power density power solutions.
Numerica Corporation is a small business whose primary focus is the development and implementation of advanced algorithms and the licensing of operational software. We focus on the areas of Air and Missile Defense, Space Situational Awareness, and Law Enforcement. Numerica is at the forefront of the multi-target tracking community: Numerica develops MDA's Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) track processing thread; and Numerica develops all algorithms and software for the Army's IAMD Battle Command System (IBCS) Track Manager. Numerica develops solutions for Space Situational Awareness, with tracking systems being transitioned to DSC2-D (Dahlgren) for UCT processing and to JMS Inc-2 for breakup processing. Numerica supports several programs to develop, field, and integrate Counter Small UAS systems; in particular, Numerica is partnered with Liteye, Inc., to field the Anti-UAV Defense System (AUDS). Numerica’s Law Enforcement team develops software solutions that integrate disparate law enforcement and intelligence data to enable search and analysis. In addition, Numerica specializes in the development of other advanced algorithms and software solutions for radar, SIGINT, and sensor management.
Infrared sensor developers and testers need accurate, autonomous techniques for atmospheric correction to support flight testing and calibration. SciTec’s Atmospheric Infra-Red Transmittance Calculator (AIRTraC) application will provide Navy Test & Evaluation personnel with a robust, highly automated and user-friendly means of determining atmospheric transmission from available weather information and models. This high-fidelity application provides increased test flexibility and significantly reduces costs by eliminating the need for multiple weather balloon collections or other sophisticated measurement equipment. SciTec has successfully field tested the AIRTraC application against airborne IR sensors and calibrated targets. Performance specifications are available on request. SciTec seeks opportunities with Government IR sensor programs and prime contractor developers to demonstrate capability and provide test and evaluation services. SciTec also seeks partners to license the application.
The Composite Propellant (CP) technology will improve the reliability, safety, performance and costs of cartridge-actuated devices (CAD) / propellant actuated devices (PAD) used in Navy ejection seats by replacing the currently used Double Base (DB) propellants, which experience degradation and depletion of the stabilizers used in the formulation over time, resulting in limited service lives. The CP formulation provides a “drop-in” replacement for the DB compositions. Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has demonstrated that the CP removes high-pressure “slope breaks” from concern and maintains plateau burning rate profiles from 2000 to 5000 psi. This technology demonstration would also be directly applicable to high performance solid rocket motors for all sized missile systems. PSI has successfully developed and provided innovative technology solutions by maturing emerging science to application for commercial and government use.
Prime Photonics was founded in 1999 and specializes in advanced sensor systems for military and industrial turbomachinery. The Foreign Object Damage (FOD) Detection System identifies and characterizes compressor rotor blade impacts during engine operation. Military gas turbines on fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and ground vehicles, are susceptible to performance-reducing FOD damage. This patented technology provides real-time on-wing diagnostics, improving operational readiness and reducing costs associated with current schedule-based visual inspection maintenance activities. A prototype was demonstrated in F402 engine testing performed May-July 2017. The company seeks engine companies and Defense program office(s) with engine diagnostic or condition-based maintenance applications for the technology.
Helicon specializes in the research and development of nanostructured composites with superior nanoparticle dispersion properties in a variety of host matrices. Helicon is combining patented nanostructured materials and combustion control additives in a composite solid rocket propellant to match the performance of the fielded double base propellants in ejection seat Cartridge/Propellant Actuated Devices (CAD)/(PAD). The currently fielded propellants have thermal stability problems that limit their service life. Helicon will mitigate safety risks in fielded and future ejection seat energetic components, improve reliability, and reduce lifecycle cost. Initial transition target is the NACES ejection seat, with applicability to a range of aircraft seat systems. Propellants have been tested at relevant temperatures, pressures, and aging conditions with a TRL4 anticipated by Phase II completion.
VIP Sensors Inc. has developed a Multimode Optical Sensor that can be integrated into a single node of the Autonomous Undersea Weapon System for target detection, classification, localization and tracking. The sensor can be packaged as an optical vector sensor, which measures the amplitude and direction of acoustic waves, or as an optical pressure sensor that reads the hydrostatic pressure as well as the dynamic pressure produced by gravity waves. The optical sensor is enclosed in a cylindrical canister with a polyurethane dome containing miniature MOMS (micro-optical-mechanical-systems) Silicon chips, and a printed circuit board with the electronics needed to process the sensor signals and to communicate with the upstream system. We are looking for a DoD sponsor to transfer this novel sensors to the fleet.
Coaxial cables are heavy, bulky, and require regular replacement on airborne platforms due to mechanical fatigue from the harsh environment. High dynamic range fiber optic links utilizing dual output Lithium Niobate modulators can provide a >10x reduction in size and weight as well as immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI). EOSPACE’s dual output modulator operates from DC to >40GHz with extremely high reliability and is capable of operating at temperatures from -55C to +200C to support Radar, Electronic Warfare and Communication systems in harsh airborne environments. For more than 20 years, EOSPACE has developed a wide variety of Lithium Niobate modulators designed for high performance DoD and aerospace applications. Our goal is to transition this technology into DoD airborne platforms to reduce SWaP and increase reliability.
Current CH-53K aluminum floor panels provide required durability, they are heavy and limit mission range and impact operational support cost. The objective of this project is to develop a light-weight Thermoplastic composite floor panel where the materials and design are tailored for durability-damage tolerance to meet the specified static and dynamic load requirements for the CH-53K and integration of the Cargo handling system. The floor panel materials and design are validated by analysis, and tests via building-block approach. SciMax Technologies has extensive knowledge and experience in the design, analysis and Fabrication of advanced composite structures for Navy aircraft with high durable, impact damage tolerant resistant structure. SciMax Technologies Goal is to integrate the Thermoplastic floor panel design into the CH-53K and other Navy/DOD cargo aircraft.
Toyon’s Adaptive eLORAN-aided Positioning and Timing (ADEPT) system provides all-weather GPS-denied navigation capabilities with centimeter-level accuracy for local carrier-landing applications and meter-level accuracy for global missions. Local, high-precision performance is enabled by novel transmitters with LPI/LPD waveforms, while a software-defined radio receiver provides global GPS-like navigation capabilities. The ADEPT technology leverages Toyon’s advanced positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions for cost, size, weight and power (C-SWAP) constrained platforms, which include manned and unmanned vehicles. The technology provides both local precision and global accuracy for virtually every platform that requires precise PNT performance under GPS-denied and anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) conditions. Technology feasibility was demonstrated through extensive analysis and simulation, while a real-time demonstration of the transmitter and receiver hardware in a relevant environment is currently underway.
Icing events create a hazardous working environment and could potentially reduce the ship stability, in addition to adversely impacting the operating range of Navy surface vessels in winter and Artic operations, however this technology solves that problem. The durable icephobic coating is applied in a single sprayable step featuring easy to coat, transparency, and extended operational life-time. The coating can be field applied and is extensible into ice repellency for freezer evaporators to ice makers, and into marine anti-biofouling applications. The prototyped coatings have independently verified the lowest ice adhesion values ever reported (< 1 kPa). HygraTek specializes in advance coatings that repel solids and liquids. Our goal is coatings deployment into DoD systems to avoid environmental icing impact, and to ensure a safe working environment. The coatings being ultra-smooth, not textured superhydrophobic coatings or SLIPS, achieve long-term performance even when subjected to abrasion or repeated icing-deicing events.
Galvanic corrosion at dissimilar alloy interfaces is a significant problem on aircraft, with most problems occurring around fasteners and mechanical attachments. Our advanced development of a sol-gel based surface treatment mitigates galvanic corrosion by providing excellent physical and electrical barrier protection to corrosive environments. Our application is designed for drop-in fastener batch processing for easy integration with common aircraft construction or repairs. Luna develops new-generation products for wide-ranging applications with the intent of delivering unique solutions through innovative science and practical implementation. Luna has demonstrated application, corrosion, and frictional characteristics of the sol-gel surface treatment at TRL 5, and are currently seeking demonstration partners for future transition opportunities.
SeaPort-e approved company has developed an innovative approach and a coupled sensing tool to perform analysis and prediction of environmentally assisted damage accumulation in structural components. Ensuring the safety and future condition of aircraft requires the analysis of damage accumulation at critical locations due to both applied stresses and local environmental conditions; prognostics models that can take into account variation of loading and environmental conditions for calculation of components’ remaining life are needed. The analysis tools developed implement unique analytical formulations linking environmental damage and mechanical damage to perform life calculation at a component level for different environmental conditions. This engineering and software design company seeks Primes interested in identifying platforms that need innovative solutions for corrosion assisted damage accumulation and cracking. (Technical Data Analysis, Inc)
Knite Inc.’s Kinetic Spark Ignition (KSI) provides transformational ignition technology for turbine and augmentor applications. Knite’s KSI technology, based upon the electromagnetic plasma railgun, maintains the simplicity of conventional thermal plasma ignition systems while removing limitations. KSI has demonstrated the ability to enhance ignition capability by dynamically increasing plasma discharge energy content and location, making it an excellent candidate for drop-in ignition upgrades. Within this program KSI has been successfully applied as a plasma injector for active combustion control. KSI's demonstrated ability to actively manipulate and control combustion dynamics allows for a simple and light weight active combustion control system. Knite is actively pursuing collaborative partnerships with leading ignition component suppliers to test, evaluate, and manufacture KSI igniters for next generation augmentor, and combustor components.
Technology Service Corporation’s (TSC) Location, Identification and Flight Tracking System (LIFTS) is a radio frequency (RF) sensor and pseudo-lite system for position, navigation and guidance (PNT) in Global Positioning System (GPS) denied, anti-access area denial (A2AD) and adverse environmental conditions. LIFTS provides a RF sensor solution for the Sea-Based Automated Landing and Recovery System (SALRS), unmanned aerial refueling, and vertical replenishment (VERTREP). TSC’s RF solution provides all-weather, extended range operation with minimal size, weight, power, and cost (SWAP-C). TSC specializes in RF sensor and datalink research, detection solutions, navigation and guidance, communications, command guidance, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), radar, fire control, and electronic warfare. Under internal research and development (IRAD), TSC developed the prototype hardware, matured and demonstrated in this NAVAIR Phase II SBIR.
M4 Engineering, an aerospace and mechanical engineering analysis and consulting company, is creating an advanced modeling tool for adhesive bonds that allows faster introduction of new material systems through better analysis and reduced testing. The Abaqus-based tool will reveal the real-world response of bonded joints for a broad range of mechanical and environmental loading conditions to give higher operational reliability and design robustness. The software tool builds upon the unique world-class polymer model developed by Sandia National Labs1 over a decade and interfaces directly with Abaqus, the premiere nonlinear finite element analysis program from SIMULIA. The goal is to have the tool adopted by the designers and analysts throughout the DoD labs as well their prime contractors in the aerospace and mechanical engineering fields.
The Display Measurement Toolkit (DMT) is a portable multi-sensor measurement tool that can reduce time required for display acceptance testing from days to hours. Stable and objective metrics enable performance comparisons across training devices and programs, and reduce disagreements and delays in acquisition of training devices. The use of vetted standards increases the probability a training device supports warfighter needs. In addition to factory and final acceptance testing, the tool makes practical recurrent testing of fielded systems over their operational life. Visual Performance, LLC is engaged in engineering, research, development, specification, and test of advanced display and imaging systems. The president, Dr. Charles Lloyd is a systems engineer and applied vision scientist with 30-years-experience that includes prototype and proof-of-concept evaluations for managing development risk.
Charles River Analytics, a leading customer-focused provider of innovative R&D solutions for increasingly complex and important human-systems challenges, is developing Advanced Mission Display and Planning Tools (AMPT) providing operators of a multi-vehicle (manned and unmanned), multi-domain (air, ground and sea) common control station with decision support for real-time re-tasking and re-planning of multiple assets. Formal analysis efforts have identified task and information requirements for manned-unmanned teaming, which has driven the design of a set of display concepts and a prototyping and demonstration environment used to validate AMPT technology. We seek to fully integrate software into the PMA-281 Common Control System (CCS) for testing and performance validation and verification.
The product developed is a software utility for the simulation and analysis of the flight dynamic characteristics of rotorcraft-towed objects hosting magnetic anomaly detectors (MAD). The simulation utility includes a physics-based representation of the towing aircraft, tow cable, and towed body and includes all pertinent aircraft subsystems such as rotor systems, propulsion system, and flight controls. Advanced Rotorcraft Technology Inc. (ART) is known worldwide for its state-of-the-art proven flight simulations software FLIGHTLAB. The towing simulation benefits from FLIGHTLAB’s selective fidelity of its models. The towing simulation developed here will help to assess the flight characteristics and performance of MAD sensors towed by Navy FireScout and Sea Hawk aircraft. ART is looking for opportunities on advanced future vertical lift designs, upgrades of existing aircraft, and real time full flight simulators.
Mainstream Engineering’s GaN power switch module is a 1.3 kV, 240 A peak, gate drive integrated single phase, three level power module that can switch in excess of 200 kHz. This module is specifically designed for 6 MW/m3 450 VAC, and 1 kV DC power conversion systems. The switch module can handle 70% more output power than a similarly rated IGBT module and reduces generated EMI, resulting in system SWaP reductions. Currently, component testing and modeling are being used to transition the GaN switch from a TRL 4 to 6. Mainstream Engineering develops energy conversion systems and components including those in the area of power electronics. Mainstream seeks transition/commercialization partnerships with DRS, L3, GE, LMCO, and Northrop Grumman for the GaN power switch module.
The rapid proliferation of wireless communications protocols is accelerating the obsolescence of radio equipment. The RF environment is becoming more complex and increasingly crowded to meet the growing demand for wireless services. Azure Summit is defining and developing new innovative algorithms to monitor, sense, and detect signals in a dense RF environment; allowing friendly forces to reconfigure their Software Defined Radios (SDR) to adapt to the new operating conditions on the fly. These algorithms in tandem with Azure Summit’s tactical SDR, will enable electronic warfare and electronic attack capabilities for dismounts and SWAP-constrained, unmanned platforms. This capability will minimize obsolescence and logistics costs while maximizing interoperability and adaptive functionality.
UtopiaCompression Corporation (UC) is a high-tech company providing innovative and mission relevant solutions to US Government Agencies and commercial markets. Skill mastery acquisition is essential to ensure better retention and improved on-the-job performance. In this Phase II Base, skill assessment software will be developed based on concept of “knowledge tracing” to estimate mastery achieved by trainees and to predict performance. Currently, this software is being used to identify training gaps in a valve-maintenance trainer called the Virtual Task Trainer (VTT) at the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS). In the Option phase, skill-tracking capability will be integrated with the VTT for real-time monitoring of an individual trainee’s skill mastery progression. Different features (batch learning, inference and online-learning algorithms) of the software are being developed and tested via ongoing ONR SBIR projects to drain out risk for ultimate transition and commercialization of this technology. By end of this Phase II Base and subsequent Option we expect to deliver the software at TRL = 5 and 7, respectively.
The CH-53K Integrated Hybrid Structural Management System (IHSMS) increases reliability and safety, reduces maintenance and operational costs, and maximizes operational readiness of the Navy’s helicopter fleet. Current IHSMS requires direct electrical wire connection of the SHM sensors within the rotor and blades exceeding weight and power requirements. Consequently, Redondo Optics is developing a high-speed, self-powered, wireless fiber optic sensor (MOFIS™) SHM system to provide real-time load and fatigue damage detection, tracking, and prognosis for the helicopter rotor structural components. The MOFIS™ system operates in extreme Navy helicopter environments, eliminating costly, potentially trouble prone wire harness installations, allowing measurements in critical inaccessible locations within the rotating parts of the helicopter without complex slip-ring connections. Potential to integrate into all structural health usage management/monitoring systems (HUMS).
Effective use of manned/unmanned teams in complex contested environments requires a revolutionary change in mission planning technology to achieve desired mission management and execution capabilities. Our tools, built on formal methods and contextual messaging, will enable such complex mission planning and execution tasks. Planning details will be intuitively obtained from the user, and then formal methods will be utilized to produce provably correct plans that can be initially transmitted and dynamically changed using very limited bandwidth. We expect that this revolutionary technology will transition to one or more manned/unmanned cooperative planning and execution systems. Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc. has long been and continues to be at the forefront of DoD C2 efforts, with emphasis on optimal mission planning and information flow optimization.
CORE addresses a significant need of airborne, surface, and subsurface platforms that require a minimized size, weight, and power (SWaP) hardware footprint for dual security enclave networking. Fuse reviewed operational needs and defined key SWaP limitations across multiple manned and unmanned platforms to rapidly design and develop a solution compatible with existing Navy cipher text WAN networks in a single integrated form factor. Fuse has built upon this development to show CORE networking solution provides a leap forward in ruggedized minimized SWaP networking technology as well as expands C2 and ISR functionality over IP networks. Fuse is pursuing opportunities to provide CORE to DoD and industry organizations that require minimized SWaP or advanced networking solutions.
Creare’s microchannel recuperator technology increases the time on station for unmanned aircraft by reducing fuel consumption. The target application is the Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned rotorcraft used for reconnaissance, situational awareness, and precision targeting support and is powered by a Rolls-Royce M250 turboshaft engine. Innovative fabrication techniques and design features enable an inexpensive, lightweight, high performance, modular heat exchanger, while innovative sealing technology contributes to excellent durability making Creare’s recuperator extremely well-suited for use with turboshaft engines. We project a 25-30% increase in loiter time for an MQ-8C powered by a recuperated engine compared to a non-recuperated engine. A single module has met its thermal and flow performance requirements and survived 30 thermal cycles with no degradation in performance. We are building a full size (28-module) recuperator and will demonstrate performance and durability by testing with a Rolls-Royce M250 engine. Creare is an engineering R&D services firm that has developed innovative thermal/fluid technology and helped solve our clients’ most challenging problems since 1961. Creare seeks to establish relationships with additional Navy programs that need to increase the endurance of UAVs powered by gas turbine engines.
White River Technologies’ (WRT) advanced electric field (e-field) technology reduces geomagnetic noise and optimizes magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) to improve Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. WRT, focused on magnetitic (MAG) and electromagnetic (EM) detection, developed a sensor to perform accurate and robust measurement under varying conditions, that can be deployed via multiple airframes. E-field sensors optimize UAV-based MAD by addressing multiple spatial and temporal noise sources. WRT’s compact rotating electrostatic field-mill design, suitable for small UAVs, fully meets size, weight, and power (SWAP) requirements. Combined with innovative digital signal processing (DSP), multi-spectral noise mitigation and target detections are optimized. High-sensitivity (< 1 mV/m) enables generator, and power source detection, making WRT’s technology a candidate for integration into a wide range of detection and surveillance applications.
ASSETT's Architecture Assessment Tool (AAAT) provides a means to reduce project life-cycle costs and risk associated with systems architecture planning, development, and evaluation efforts. ASSETT is an engineering, research and development firm headquartered in Manassas, Virginia. This SBIR develops an evaluation framework to analyze complex, dynamically reconfigurable, net-centric system architectures such as DD(X) to ensure effective system operation and maintenance. ASSETT's phase II approach establishes a framework that compares the viability of candidate architectures and provides test cases to demonstrate effectiveness of the AAAT evaluation framework. Phase II incorporates guidance from the Navy and focuses on demonstrating the prototype assessment framework via the test cases. ASSETT's intent is to work with IBM to incorporate the AAAT architecture evaluation capability into the Rational integrated toolset.
The advanced technology RDT is developing is a Si-based photo-conductive solid-state switch (Si-PCSS) 10kV-module for coupling to different microwave radiation technologies. RDT develops and commercializes state-of-the-art semiconductor devices that have been laboratory proven by RDT and collaborating Universities. Applications that benefit from Si-PCSS technology include: microwave-emission devices driven by non-linear transmission lines, and firing sets and superposed antenna, whose phase alignment require picosecond coordination. The uniqueness of RDT’s Si-PCSS technology is its fast rise-time, low jitter, low laser-energy trigger, high average power, solid-state robustness, operation at hundreds of kHz, and maturity (VLSI silicon: availability, manufacturability, reproducibility). The combination of the silicon switch and the laser allows for meeting all the pulse and timing requirements set forth by the Navy without the need for vacuum electronics.
AID‐MEDIC (Assisted Informatics and Decisions for Medics) is an innovative suite of AI‐driven software tools for situation awareness and decision support in mass casualty incidents, including optimal allocation of patients to hospitals. Perceptronics Solutions develops intelligent computing technologies that help people make better decisions when facing uncertainty or operating in high stress environments. AID‐MEDIC is targeted at Navy and Marine Corps pre‐hospital casualty care operations and at civilian emergency medical services. Competitive advantages come from faster and more effective field decision making leading to better immediate care and increased survival rates as well as better information handoff and patient tracking. AID‐MEDIC features have been demonstrated in simulation, and the tools have been endorsed by the prestigious Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency.
The wireless spectrum is a dynamic and harsh environment, and has become another Cyber battle space for the military. To maintain our spectral dominance, we need a cognitive radio that is self-aware of the dynamic spectral domain and seamlessly avoids interference and intentional jamming through intelligent application of multiple “radio personalities” in a single portable device. Syncopated Engineering’s Cognitive Radio, built on our highly successful CIELO family of multi-channel Software Defined Radio (SDR) products, includes a cognitive engine capable of autonomous learning and reconfiguration to adapt to dynamic spectral environments. Our Cognitive Radio includes spectral sensing, waveform recognition, and adaptive radio communications providing complete spectrum situational awareness, cognitive EW and robust, anti-jam wireless communications for cyberspace operations.
The product being developed is a unidirectional carbon fiber broadgood fabric with high permeability that holds the tows together without nonstructural stitch fibers. Components manufactured using this broadgood fabric are expected to have improved fatigue performance because stitches have been shown to be damage initiation sites under fatigue loading, reducing runout strain. Composites Automation specializes in composite technology including development of new materials and processes, analytical modeling of fabrication procedures, and design and development of damage tolerant composite structures. Initial targeted applications are large high performance Navy components. High permeability unidirectional broadgoods are being increasingly used in both military and civilian high performance composite applications. The material is lower cost than incumbent unidirectional fabrics. Phase II has produced prototype quantities of 18 ounce unidirectional T700 broadgoods with improved performance compared to incumbent material. The ultimate goal is to license the technology to existing fabric producers or produce the fabrics ourselves.
Aircraft and other aviation components have contours for aerodynamic performance using composite sandwich structures for high strength-to-weight ratio. MR&D is exploring these complex sandwich structures through the development of a multi-scale material model tailored for the design of pin-reinforced foam cores capable of near net shape fabrication to meet critical performance needs. MR&D’s role as an industry leader in providing design/analysis services for the advanced materials community provides the necessary experience to develop such a complex material model. Future vertical lift aircraft are expected to be the immediate beneficiaries of such a development. Such a solution will greatly improve the development of pin-reinforced foam cores capable of achieving strength-to-weight ratios not capable with heritage solutions. To reduce risks, MR&D is validating the model with a variety of fabrication and experimental tasks.
This mature small business specializing in environmental sensors for meteorological applications such as severe weather forecasting or radar ducting at sea has developed an Automated Dropsonde Dispenser (ADD) for its Expendable Digital Dropsonde (XDD). The XDD measures a high resolution vertical profile of pressure, temperature, relative humidity and sea surface temperature, and real-time data initializes operational electro-optical propagation or weather models. The ADD replaces a human-in-the-loop dropsonde operations and allows deployment based on geographic positioning, making this a perfect solution for MQ-4C Triton and other UAV systems. The system has been demonstrated on NASA WB-57 and DC-8 aircraft in support of ONR, NOAA, NASA and Naval Postgraduate School experiments, making it a suitable system for U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon and USAF WC-130J aircraft.
SIL is a product developer of Li-Ion batteries and avionics, and A9100C certified to design, test and manufacture these products, i.e., High Energy and Safe Li-Ion Battery with Advanced Battery Management System (BMS) for Missile, Aircraft and UAS platforms. Aerospace platforms for the Li-Ion battery technology include Aircraft (F18 and JSF), Missiles (NAVAIR, MDA and ICBM) and UASs (RQ-21, Aerosonde, MQ-8, and Small UAS). The Li-Ion Battery has an advanced internal BMS to ensure battery operational safety. Battery prognostic algorithms are used to detect a failing cell and predict when the battery is going to fail to minimize aerospace platform downtimes and reduce life cycle costs. The Li-Ion battery is designed to reduce risk by passing MIL-STD environmental tests and using highly reliable parts and materials.
Composites Automation specializes in composite technology including development of new materials and processes, and analytical modeling of composite fabrication. A software tool currently under development, couples multi-scale process and void physics models with macro-scale manufacturing simulations to predict defects during manufacturing of thermoset prepregs, leading to defect free structures. This tool supports modeling thermoset prepreg processing across the composites industry and predicts manufacturing induced defects which occur based on the material, part geometry, tooling and processing parameters. Implementation as custom subroutines that fully couple the void models with ABAQUS CAE multiphysics solvers provide a natural transition into current Navy composite design/analysis processes (i.e. Triton UAS program) for validation, and enables OEM’s rapid assimilation for production of defect free composite structures.
Coaxial cables are heavy, bulky, and require regular replacement on airborne platforms due to mechanical fatigue from the harsh environment. High dynamic range fiber optic links utilizing dual output Lithium Niobate modulators can provide a >10x reduction in size and weight as well as immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI). EOSPACE’s dual output modulator operates from DC to >40GHz with extremely high reliability and is capable of operating at temperatures from -55C to +200C. For more than 20 years, EOSPACE has developed a wide variety of Lithium Niobate modulators designed for high performance DoD and aerospace applications. We are now integrating this rugged modulator with a high performance laser to create an ultra-compact fiber optic transmitter to reduce SWaP and increase reliability on DoD airborne platforms.
Advanced outer-loop algorithms are currently under development that allow rapid replanning based on changing mission requirements and environmental factors, enabling tighter integration between manned and unmanned vehicles. The greatest obstacle to the operational use of such algorithms is the lack of methodologies to assess algorithm performance during the certification process. INSPECT is a software tool that enables analysts to answer the question: does an algorithm meet Navy requirements? By automating simulation-based testing, INSPECT requires minimal human intervention -- saving time and money. The INSPECT tool will efficiently determine both worst-case and expected performance over the set of expected operating conditions, even in presence of nondeterministic and discontinuous behavior. The ultimate goal is to work with the Navy to certify new autonomous capabilities on unmanned platforms.
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 optical transmitters. 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, optical laser transmitter with high linearity.
The Navy has a need for a low cost, air deployable A-size persistent, passive cuing sensor that when fully deployed can reach an operational depth of 14000 feet. During this program Systems & Technology Research (STR) will design and prototype a next generation passive sonobuoy sensor that has: Full ocean depth operation Low noise vector sensor Compact form factor Long endurance operations Low cost manufacture for future procurements. During Phase II, STR will refine the existing sonobuoy design, demonstrate a sensor that meets the low noise requirements, and validate the low power characteristics of the design. STR specializes in the design and development of deep ocean sensors and other maritime applications. Our goal is to transition this technology to a sonobuoy manufacturer for large scale production and fleet use.
Intelligent Optical Systems (IOS) has developed a laser ultrasonic (LUT) inspection system for additively manufactured (AM) parts. It will detect defects inside of metal AM parts during fabrication. IOS is small business that conducts research on topics ranging from laser ultrasonic testing to chemical sensing. There is a growing pull from multiple Defense agencies for AM parts and an in-line inspection solution is needed to qualify the parts. Multiple technologies exist for in-line AM part inspection, but all are indirect, as they rely on predictive algorithms. There is no other technology currently available that can provide real-time direct inspection of AM parts on a layer-by-layer basis. In its work to date, IOS has demonstrated an LUT defect detection sensitivity of 500 μm in AM parts. IOS is seeking a business partner that can provide funding to help grow/further develop our technology.
For 30+ years, Charles River Analytics Inc. has provided intelligent systems technology, software tools, and design/analysis services for government and private industry. We are developing an Embedded Architecture for Cyber-resilience (EAC) to protect cyber-physical systems from cyber threats, ensuring fault isolation for both system- and application-level software components and using novel machine learning algorithms to detect, locate, and automatically recover from compromises due to cyber-attacks. EAC is directly applicable to a number of military and commercial systems including satellites (e.g. CubeSat), avionics, unmanned systems, and industrial control systems. Early versions of EAC have successfully detected component faults and predictably and efficiently recovered from these faults to achieve mission success. We seek to license to large system integrators and integrate into Navy embedded control systems.
Atmospheric Plasma Coating Removal (APCR) is a new, environmentally responsible, method for coating removal. APCR is found be a safe and effective alternative to media blasting. Requiring only compressed air and electricity to operate, a low temperature air plasma beam is created which enables rapid coating removal without the use of any media, virtually eliminating the need for containment. The APCR process converts the coating into a dry residue which can be vacuumed away. Single or multiple plasma beams may be configured for handheld or robotic use to prepare a variety of substrates. The APCR technology is suitable for use on a wide range of coatings found in the US Navy and other DoD service branches in addition to a wide variety of commercial applications.
SCALABLE provides network design and analysis tools that enable customers to develop, test and deploy, large enterprise wired/wireless networks in a simulated environment. Working with the Forward-Deployed Energy and Communications Outpost (FDECO) Innovative Naval Prototype (INP) team to develop technologies for extended unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) operations, SCALABLE’s innovative Joint Network Emulator (JNE)/EXata modeling tools provide accurate energy and communication representations with Live, Virtual and Constructive simulation capabilities for development, experimentation, testing, and validation of algorithms, protocols, hardware, and operational scenarios. Specific advantages of JNE/EXata include the scalability its high fidelity model library allowing large, distributed communication networks to be modeled using standard computing hardware, and its comprehensive commercial and military asset libraries that include ground, air, space, and underwater communication protocols.
SeaLandAire Technologies, specializing in rapid development of advanced engineering solutions in a broad range of applications, is developing the Digital DIFAR Vertical Line Array (DDVLA) sonobuoy to complement the U.S. Navy’s emerging technologies in low frequency sonar detection. The buoy utilizes a vertical line high-gain array of miniaturized directional detectors for a high signal-to-noise ratio in noisy environments. DDVLA will be used in aircraft-based Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operations as part of a growing family of low-frequency sonobuoy systems. Initial prototypes of the acoustic system show promising results, and leverage SeaLandAire’s experience in sonobuoy development. The end objective of this Phase II is to have a field-proven buoy system design that can then be moved to production and qualification, with the assistance of a transition partner.
Lynntech Inc is developing rechargeable lithium-air batteries composed of a lithium metal anode, a lithium-ion conducting electrolyte, and a porous air cathode to meet the increased energy demands of military aircraft and systems. Lynntech has significant experience in developing advanced electrodes and electrolytes for lithium-based batteries. The Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) Systems and EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234) is the acquisition program sponsor under Program Executive Officer for Tactical Aircraft Programs [PEO(T)]. Rechargeable lithium-air batteries provide greater specific energy, wider operating temperature ranges, longer lifetimes, enhanced safety, and lower cost than current lithium-ion batteries. Phase I results have demonstrated the feasibility of rechargeable lithium-air batteries with high specific energy, enhanced safety, and wide operating temperature performance that meet the Navy’s requirements for naval aircraft power systems.
Metis Design Corporation (MDC) has developed Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) technology that utilizes a network of digital sensors to monitor physical changes in critical structural components within the application environment. The patented technique utilizes passive and active ultrasonic monitoring techniques to detect fatigue crack initiation and growth, corrosion, and/or impact events. Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) initiatives have been evolving for over twenty years, and have resulted in significant cost avoidance, safety improvements, and increased fleet readiness. State-of-the-art CBM-enabling technology has been focused on dynamic and high-cost systems. With current aircraft structural maintenance and inspection procedures being severely labor & material intensive across industry and defense platforms, and with new metallic and composite components being introduced, advancements in SHM technology has become an increasing priority for many military and commercial air-framers.
Naval aircraft currently rely on lithium-ion batteries, but as energy demands continue to increase, there is a need for even higher energy density batteries. TDA Research develops aerospace and military hardware as well as manufactures advanced materials and currently is developing novel cathode materials for Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Our cutting edge research shows Li-S batteries offer the promise of twice the specific energy of lithium-ion batteries, but because of limitations with the cathode material, the cycle life is too low. Prototype cells using TDA cathodes show high specific energy densities and long cycle life. Our goal is to develop Li-S batteries based on our cathode materials and when successful, the Navy could replace lithium-ion batteries with Li-S batteries, significantly improving SWaP constraints.
Delivering an automated test diagram generation solution and eliminating the time consuming, error-prone manual process. Test diagrams show the routing of signals in a Test Program Set (TPS) and are a key troubleshooting resource. Summit’s software tool generates test diagrams using open source IEEE Automatic Test Markup Language (ATML) standard data. The transition target is the Navy CASS, eCASS and RTCASS test stations, however is applicable to other DoD test stations. Benefits include savings in manpower, time and costs by automating the process. Founded in 2004, this company, with extensive experience in ATS and ATML solutions, is uniquely qualified to deliver a robust solution. We are seeking DoD programs that are interested in applying these technologies to enhance the automatic test process.
Innoveering is developing a sensor system that is capable of operating uncooled in the ultra-high temperature environments (>2500 oF) of gas turbine engines to provide real-time turbine blade health monitoring information. A micro-distributed transduction approach in combination with novel processing enables real-time tracking of blade tip dynamics with high spatial and temporal resolution. Fabricated miniature probes leverage high temperature materials and exceed current size requirements. A frequency response in excess of 1MHz has been demonstrated in subscale gas turbine tests. The targeted application is the Joint Strike Fighter Program and improved understanding of integration requirements will assure a successful transition, and support Innoveering’s mission of developing revolutionary technologies that address sensing and control challenges in the aerospace, defense and energy markets.
To manufacture conformal optical windows to protect aircraft electro-optical sensors, OptiPro, the only US-based manufacturer designing and building 5-axis computer controlled equipment for fabricating precision optics and advanced ceramics, developed the eSX 5-axis grinding machine, UltraForm Finishing (UFF) sub-aperture polishing process, and UltraSmooth Finishing (USF) mid-to-large aperture polishing process. UFF is capable of polishing the surface of conformal windows to precision levels with high removal rates while USF tools proved to be effective in rapidly polishing conformal windows with minimal grain decoration; the UFF and USF processes have been integrated into our newly developed freeform optics manufacturing software, PROSurf. Defense customers and prime contractors will be able to integrate our equipment onto their factory floors to manufacture spheres, aspheres and freeform optics.
Future infrared and electro-optical sensor domes and windows with aerodynamic and conformal shapes require corrective optics to counter the optical distortion produced by said shapes. To increase the optical precision and reduce the cost and time for manufacturing OptiPro developed Radial In-Feed Grinding that reduced cycle time by 60%, PROSurf freeform CAM software that uses 3D figure data to optimize a dwell map, reducing form error, and Bridger Photonics new optical probe used on UltraSurf showed potential to achieve interferometric-level accuracies. Defense customers and prime contractors will be able to integrate OptiPro’s eSX grinding, UltraForm Finishing (UFF), and UltraSurf non-contact metrology, along with our other platforms onto their manufacturing floors to fabricate precision optics and advanced ceramics.
OptiSonic ultrasonic grinding technology, driven by advanced IntelliSonic software showed a 50% reduction in grinding force leading to improved material removal. UltraForm Finishing (UFF) is a patented deterministic sub-aperture polishing process. UltraSurf is the only commercially available technology that can measure surface irregularity, transmitted wavefront, thickness, wedge, tilt, and decenter for ogive shaped domes. All of these technologies enable the production of complex shaped ogive components to optical tolerances from a hard ceramic material such as polycrystalline alumina (PCA). Defense customers and prime contractors will be able to integrate the solutions we have developed onto their manufacturing floors. OptiPro is the only US-based manufacturer designing and building 5-axis computer controlled grinding, polishing, and measuring machines for the fabrication of precision optics and advanced ceramics.
SCALABLE provides network design and analysis tools that enable customers to develop, test and deploy, large enterprise wired/wireless networks in a simulated environment. Scalable is working with the MIDS Program office to deliver a capability that allows waveforms with non-IP and IP Operational modes over a Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) and Link 16 to exchange messages at the application layer. This will be used for parametric, bi-directional traffic generation that works across a variety of waveform protocols that can be used by the Joint Network Emulator (JNE). Specific advantages include the scalability of our high fidelity model library which allows large, distributed communication networks to be modeled using standard computing hardware and our experience working with a wide variety of military waveforms.
Bridger has developed a new metrology solution to improve manufacturing of high performance IR optics, such as aerodynamic domes and conformal windows. Currently available systems are unable to effectively penetrate these IR materials and have limited working distances. The SLM IM IR enables simultaneous surface and thickness profiling of IR transparent optics at higher update rates and precisions than current solutions. When coupled with a precision metrology stage, the SLM-IM-IR has the potential to decrease metrology time, a significant portion of the overall manufacturing process, by a factor of 10 or more and allow for complete profiling of complex components.
UltraSurf is a 5-axis non-contact metrology system capable of measuring the surface irregularity of aspheric and freeform optics, conformal windows and ogive shaped domes to sub-micron accuracies in addition to measuring transmitted wavefront, optical thickness, tilt, wedge and decenter. This enables Defense customers and prime contractors to measure the optical figure and transmitted wavefront error of visibly opaque, infrared-transparent aerodynamic domes, conformal windows, and optical corrector elements, providing feedback for optical figure correction on their manufacturing floors. OptiPro is the only US-based manufacturer designing and building 5-axis computer controlled grinding, polishing, and measuring machines for precision optics and advanced ceramics and our collaboration with Prime Contractors has set a solid foundation that we can build upon to further improve the performance and precision of UltraSurf.
A system for autonomous monitoring of AC and DC background magnetic fields associated with power lines, electronic devices, electronic vehicles and the Earth. The system enables the measurement of the natural variability of magnetic fields over specified periods of time within a specified proximity. Components include a series of three axis analog magnetic sensors, a fluxgate compass and a programmable micro-controller. The micro-controller receives data from the sensor and compass and is programmed to detect anomalous magnetic signals having particular characteristics of interest. Protected under U.S. Pat. No. 8,321,161.
Robust, fault tolerant design offers substantial potential to easily retrofit and greatly improve performance and capabilities of existing patch antennas without altering the device footprint. The bandwidth of a prototyped GPS antenna was increased from a typical 2-5% to 20-25%. A highly anisotropic superstrate layer is placed over an existing patch antenna as a retrofit or incorporated into new systems to enable broader bandwidth capabilities for a given antenna while not compromising other performance characteristics. Substantial bandwidth improvement enables diverse, multiple capabilities from a single antenna (e.g. satellite telephone and GPS) and higher data transfer rates. Protected under US Pat. No. 9,281,568.
An image analysis system comprised of software and hardware has been developed and prototyped for the evaluation of periscope head windows or any curved surface such as helicopter, or other aircraft, or surface ship window, including laser window analysis and evaluation. The invention has potential as a hand held tool for port-side platform head window quality analysis, greatly reducing labor, material and certification costs. Protected under US Pat. No. 9,219,890.
Developed as part of the Towed Array Handling System Measurement System (HSMS) for a towed array, the point load sensor measures how much squeeze type forces an array sees in the handler, irrespective of the arrays circumferential orientation as it goes through the handler. A critical part of the HSMS, the invention allows non-acoustic measurement and characterization of forces on the array to test the impact of engineering changes to the handler as well as new handling system concepts. The HSMS is reeled into and out of the handler with the submarine in dry dock or pierside and utilizes the existing ship signal path eliminating the need for ship alterations or diver support. Protected under US Pat. No. 9,176,015.
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.
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.
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.