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Company Information:

Company Name: CSA Engineering, Inc.
City: Mountain View
State: CA
Zip+4: 94043 1613
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (650) 210-9000

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $5,938,757.00 79
SBIR Phase II $22,865,142.00 32
STTR Phase I $509,126.00 8
STTR Phase II $1,979,101.00 3

Award List:

FINITE ELEMENT MODELS FOR THE SUPPORTABILITY OF UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Warren c gibson
Award Amount: $49,976.00
Abstract:
A program is proposed to acquire, validate, store, modify, and disseminate finite element models of air force aircraft systems, along with associated documentation. the proposal foresees a significant increase in productivity in finite element modeling activities brought about by this program.… More

SCALING OF LARGE SPACE STRUCTURE JOINTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David a kienholz
Award Amount: $49,949.00
Abstract:
A program is proposed to investigate methods for producing subscale truss joints with stiffness and damping properties such that they maintain dynamic similitude with their full-scale counterparts. that is, the loss factors of the model and prototype are equal and their linear stiffness are in the… More

DYNAMIC PRESSURE RESPONSE CALIBRATOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kevin E Smith
Award Amount: $49,806.00

PASSIVE DAMPING OF SPACE STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Eric m austin
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The scenarios for many large space systems will require that, for their success, the effects of structural dynamics be reduced. passive damping is an excellent means of suppressing undesired structural dynamics. discrete dampers are especially well suited for damping large structures which are… More

DYNAMIC PRESSURE RESPONSE CALIBRATOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kevin E Smith
Award Amount: $161,258.00
Abstract:
Measuring dynamic pressures in turbine and rocket engines are often made by separating the transducing element from the measurement point with tubing. the tubing is used for thermal isolation and/or when there are size constraints. the acoustic properties of the tubes require the tubing and sensor… More

ADVANCED FINITE ELEMENTS FOR STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr Warren C Gibson , ]vice President
Award Amount: $49,991.00
Abstract:
Many industrial firms in the united states rely heavily on finite element structural analysis. this is particularly true of the aerospace and automotive industries. this proposal offers an opportunity to improve the returns on this investment by providing more accurate results and reduced computing… More

DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED FINITE ELEMENTS FOR STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Warren C. Gibson , Vice President
Award Amount: $49,861.00
Abstract:
Many industrial firms in the united states rely heavily on finite element structural analysis. this is particularly true of the aerospace and automotive industries. this proposal offers an opportunity to improve the returns on this investment by providing more accurate results and reduced computing… More

DESIGN CRITERIA FOR MULTIDISCIPLINARY OPTIMIZATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Warren C Gibson
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Advanced air force aircraft will require extensions of present analysis and optimization software. multidisciplinary optimization, in particular, will be required so that some of the design process can be automated in a way that takes into account factors such as material properties, loads, fatigue… More

DESIGN OF VIBRATION DAMPING DEVICES FOR AIRCRAFT AERODYNAMIC SURFACES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joseph R Maly
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Vibrations are an inherent problem for aircraft structures, especially military aircraft that perform high-speed maneuvers causing extreme acceleration levels. a form of unwanted vibration referred to as buffet often occurs when a surface of an aircraft is directly exposed to an unsteady, vortex… More

ADVANCED SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR SIMULATING ON-ORBIT CONDITIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr David A Kienholz
Award Amount: $50,000.00

ADVANCED SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR SIMULATING ON-ORBIT CONDITIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr David A Kienholz
Award Amount: $343,651.00
Abstract:
Simulating the weightless condition of orbit in ground-based beam pointing and tracking experiments requires a means for offloading the weight of the beam director from the servo system that controls its position and orientation. a suspension system must support the beam director with only modest… More

MAGNETIC ENERGY ABSORBER FOR DOCKING IMPACT ATTENUATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Magnetic, eddy-current devices based on rare-earth magnets are very attractive as passive absorbers of impact energy for spacecraft. their advantages include highly predictablebehavior; all-metal construction; insensitivity to temperature; high force/velocity ratio in a light, compact package; and… More

ULTRA-QUIET PLATFORM FOR SDI SENSORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Eric M. Austin
Award Amount: $50,000.00

SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR DYNAMIC TESTING OF SPACE STUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David A. Kienholz, Phd
Award Amount: $49,137.00

HIGH-LOSS, GRAPHITE-EPOXY COMPONENTS MADE FROM CO-CURED VISCOELASTICS WITH THERMAL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,278.00

MODULAR PIEZOELECTRIC DAMPING ELEMENT FOR FLEXIBLE STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David A. Kienholz, P.h.d.
Award Amount: $49,530.00

MODULAR PIEZOELECTRIC DAMPING ELEMENT FOR FLEXIBLE STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David A. Kienholz, P.h.d.
Award Amount: $642,155.00
Abstract:
This proposed program will integrate recently developed passive and active vibration suppression piezoelectric design concepts into an innovative vibration and motion control module or patch which can be attached to the surface of various type structural elements. each patch unit will be designed to… More

SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR DYNAMIC TESTING OF SPACE STUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David A. Kienholz, Phd
Award Amount: $730,842.00
Abstract:
Realistic ground vibration testing of flexible spacecraft requires a means for supporting the test article in 1-g without imposing constraint forces due to stiffness, mass, damping, or friction. spacecraft having large, flexible appendages with high area/mass ratios are particularly difficult… More

ULTRA-QUIET PLATFORM FOR SDI SENSORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Eric M. Austin
Award Amount: $701,000.00
Abstract:
Dynamic isolation of components and machinery is critical for many SDI and commercial applications. Vibration isolation using soft mounts leads to static misalignment, increased travel requirements, and decreased mount strength, often precluding this approach. The ideal isolator has high static… More

Passively Adaptive Viscous Damping Mechanism

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Warren Gibson
Award Amount: $62,402.00
Abstract:
To prolong life and enhance the performance of sdi and other spacecraft structures, the effects of structural dynamics must be reduced. passive damping has been demonstrated as an excellent means for vibration suppression, either alone or in concert with active control. the ideal passive damping… More

RESONANT VISCOUS DAMPING DEVICE FOR EARTHQUAKE-RESISTANT STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Warren C Gibson
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Designers can reduce earthquake damage to buildings in one of three ways: increased strength, base isolation, or damping. damping elements are an attractive option for flexible frame buildings. researchers are designing a new type of passive damping mechanism that is potentially superior to… More

Structural Integrity of Intelligent Materials and Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Warren Gibson
Award Amount: $63,778.00

Payload Isolation System for Launch Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph R. Maly
Award Amount: $67,679.00

Adaptive Vibration Suppression Mount for Cryogenic Coolers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric M. Austin
Award Amount: $50,000.00

Payload Isolation System for Launch Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph R. Maly
Award Amount: $743,061.00
Abstract:
Reducing the dynamic response of spacecraft during launch will have a number of benefits in their design, test, and operations phases and will allow mission performance, rather than launch survivability, to be the primary goal of structural design. This SBIR proposes to integrate an isolation system… More

Composite Rotor Blade Sectional Analysis Software

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Warren C. Gibson
Award Amount: $69,929.00
Abstract:
Structural analysis of helicopter rotor blades is an important and difficult problem. The difficulties stem from the use of composite materials with layer drop-offs, complex cross-sections, and possible twist or curvature of undeformed blades. A three-stage analysis approach has been developed by… More

Piezoelectric Transponder System for Naval Aircraft Damage Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Eric H. Anderson, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
A structural health monitoring system is proposed for Naval aircraft such as the V22. Changes in measured dynamic properties will be the basis for detection of problems. The key innovation is the use of piezoelectric transponder patches to perform both actuation and sensing. Advantages include (1)… More

Satellite Ultraquiet Isolation Technology Experiment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Eric Anderson
Award Amount: $78,655.00

SPACE SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT: A FAMILY OF SMART MAGNETIC TUNED-MASS DAMPERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph R. Maly
Award Amount: $80,000.00

SPACE SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT: A FAMILY OF SMART MAGNETIC TUNED-MASS DAMPERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph R. Maly
Award Amount: $487,828.00
Abstract:
The goal of this effort is a family of adaptive passive damping elements that will improve performance, endurance and survivability of future advanced space and missile systems. The innovation is twofold: the damping elements will be advanced tuned-mass dampers (TMDs) that (1) use magnetically… More

Technique for Placement of Structural Actuators/Sensors for Active Control of Sound

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Eric H. Anderson
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed research will investigate the optimal placement of sensors and actuators for active control of sound. The technique will be based on a tested approach for the robust placement of active and passive dampers in lightly-damped, complex structures. Innovative performance metrics will be… More

Passive Deployment Dampers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Scott C. Pendleton , Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Structural Integrity of Intelligent Materials and Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Warren Gibson
Award Amount: $717,158.00
Abstract:
Intelligent materials open new avenues to improve performance, reliability and longevity of future aerospace vehicle structures by allowing the structural materials themselves to become active elements for multiple system functions. However, the application of intelligent materials and structures… More

Solid State Tuned Mass Dampers for Hit to Kill Interceptors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Donald J. Leo
Award Amount: $60,000.00
Abstract:
Excessive seeker jitter caused by high frequency bending vibration severely reduces the interception capabilities of kinetic kill vehicles (KKVs). Previous studies of vibration suppression techniques have indicated that tuned-mass dampers (TMDs) are the most effective method of reducing seeker… More

Efficient and Reconfigurable Processors for Distributed Actuator-Sensor Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Donald J. Leo
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed research will assess the feasibility of designing efficient and reconfigurable processors for actuator-sensor arrays. The arays considered in this proposal are highly distributed networks of sensors and actuators and a processing interface that controls and monitors the array. The… More

Active Acoustic Attenuation for Payload Fairings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Donald J. Leo
Award Amount: $98,000.00

SBIR PHASE I: Experimental Validation of Admittance Modeling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Donald Leo
Award Amount: $75,000.00

ADAPTIVE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR ACTIVE VIBRATION ISOLATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric H. Anderson , Associate Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Satellite Ultraquiet Isolation Technology Experiment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Eric Anderson
Award Amount: $344,713.00
Abstract:
Vibration-induced failures occur frequently in critical avionics modules and sensors in high performance aircraft, often resulting in loss of mission, a downed aircraft, and costly repairs. We propose to augment passive isolation mounts for these devices by adding active piezoelectric elements. This… More

Active Acoustic Attenuation for Payload Fairings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Donald J. Leo
Award Amount: $636,667.00
Abstract:
CSA Engineering, Inc. and its team members McDonnell Douglas Aerospace and Professor Harley Cudney of Virginia Tech, propose the development of an active structural-acoustic control system for acoustic disturbance attenuation in composite payload fairings. The innovation is the use of piezoceramic… More

Multi-Particle Impact Damping Design Methodology for Extreme Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: H. Randy Logue
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
CSA Engineering, Inc., and its team partner, Pratt and Whitney, propose to develop and validate a design methodology for using Multi-Particle Impact Damping (MPID) in high temperature applications. Research work has indicated that multi-particle impact dampimg (also referred to as "particle… More

A Thermally Conductive Isolation System for Launch Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bradley Allen
Award Amount: $99,330.00
Abstract:
Avionics are hardmounted in today's launch vehicles (LVs) to conduct internally generated heat away from the electronics, but this causes a high vibration environment for the avionics. One LV manufacturer attributed a mission failure in 1996 to avionics damage introduced by excessive vibration. … More

Active Acoustic Blankets for RLVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric H. Anderson
Award Amount: $99,162.00
Abstract:
CSA Engineering proposes the development of active blankets for the attenuation of acoustic disturbances in reusable launch vehicles. The active blanket is composed of a conventional, passive, sound absorbing blanket conbined with an active layer that is used to increase the effectiveness of the… More

Launch Isolation System for Reusable Launch Vehicle Containerized Payload Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Christian A. Smith
Award Amount: $98,000.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes the development of an all-passive vibration isolation system designed to reduce the dynamic loads on the payloads of reusable launch vehicles (RLVs). The effort proposed is organized from the outset around an RLV's bottom line design drivers: low weight, low cost… More

Multi-Particle Impact Damping Design Methodology for Extreme Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: H. Randy Logue
Award Amount: $749,686.00
Abstract:
CSA Engineering, Inc., and its team partner, Pratt and Whitney, propose to develop and validate a design methodology for using Multi-Particle Impact Damping (MPID) in high temperature applications. Research work has indicated that multi-particle impact dampimg (also referred to as "particle… More

Advanced Isolation Systems for Launch Vehicle Avionics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bradley Allen
Award Amount: $747,187.00
Abstract:
Avionics are hardmounted in today's launch vehicles (LVs) to conduct internally generated heat away from the electronics, but this causes a high vibration environment for the avionics. One LV manufacturer attributed a mission failure in 1996 to avionics damage introduced by excessive vibration. … More

Vibration Isolation of Launch Vehicle Payloads

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Conor D. Johnson
Award Amount: $99,695.00
Abstract:
Launch dynamics are a major design driver in structural design of spacecraft and their components. Launch survival is often a more difficult design problem than is insuring operational performance in orbit. The development of a multi-functional spacecraft adapter for an EELV (Evolved Expendable… More

Adapter for Isolation of Multiple Spacecraft (AIMS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul S. Wilke
Award Amount: $99,469.00
Abstract:
An innovative adapter design for mounting multiple spacecraft to a single launch vehicle is proposed. This adapter is designed such that it cleanly integrates the three primary functions of 1) mounting multiple spacecraft, 2) providing vibration isolation for each spacecraft, and 3) releasing each… More

Lightweight Composite Launch Vehicle Fairings with Integrated Damping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph R. Maly
Award Amount: $99,264.00
Abstract:
Payloads are subjected to an extreme acoustic environment during launch. Much of this environment is due to sound radiated from the fairing structure, which encloses and protects the payload while providing a smooth aerodynamic surface for interaction with the atmosphere during launch. The severe… More

Active Acoustic Jitter Suppression for the Airborne Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Roger Glaese
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The Airborne Laser (ABL) system has extremely tight jitter requirements. Acoustic disturbances, such as those caused by the pressure recovery system of the high power laser, are a significant jitter source. At present, plans for acoustic mitigation rely on passive approaches. There is, however,… More

Active-Passive Precision Electromagnetic Vibration Attenuation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Electromechanical Systems for Spacecraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Magnetostrictive-Piezoelectric Resonant (MPR) Stand Alone Pump

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Eric Anderson
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Interior Noise Reduction for Armored Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Roger Glaese
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available Wavefunction engineering refers to the optimized design of quantum semiconductor devices through appropriate localization of carriers in specific regions of the quantum heterostructure. It extends the concept of band-gap engineering of heterostructures by tailoring of optical or… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $590,380.00

High Efficiency Miniature Piezoelectric Motors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Eric Anderson
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available We propose to develop a unique system for the identification and management of strategic vulnerabilities that utilizes an innovative combination of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques. By drawing on our experience developing intrusion detection systems, statistical analysis… More

Active Acoustic Suppression for High Performance Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Roger Glaese
Award Amount: $100,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul S Wilke
Award Amount: $1,382,476.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Roger Glaese
Award Amount: $746,599.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric M. Flint, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $69,997.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Joseph R. Maly, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $64,971.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Scott C. Pendleton, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,998.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Shawn Kelso, Engineer
Award Amount: $64,971.00

Affordable Composite Heat Exchanger

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Roger Glaese
Award Amount: $446,260.00
Abstract:
The next generation of amphibious assault vehicles, the AdvancedAmphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV), will be capable of carrying 18marines at a water speed of 25 knots and a ground speed of 45mph, a significant improvement over current vehicles. However,preliminary measurements indicate the presence… More

Advanced Isolation and Motion Control for RLV Payloads

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Christian Smith, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $847,477.00
Abstract:
Payload planners of earth imaging systems have always struggled with the fundamental problem of designing a delicate, pointing system that survives the severe vibro-acoustic environments of launch. The standard solution is to mass load the spacecraft busand lock down the pointing stage during… More

Advanced Actuation and Control for a High Frequency Motion Simulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric Anderson, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Research to extend current operation of high frequency flight motion simulators (FMS) is proposed. Advanced control algorithms for simultaneous collaborative control of conventional FMS will be developed, and new solid state drives for servo hydraulicvalves will be created. A high bandwidth FMS… More

Miniaturized Active Vibration Mitigation Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Eric Flint, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $65,000.00
Abstract:
CSA Engineering proposes the design, development, and qualification of a family of modular miniaturized active vibration mitigation subsystems that would then be combined for use in jitter and vibration mitigation for BMDO supported technologies such asGBI, KKV, AIT, SBL, etc. The subsystems are… More

Affordable On-Orbit Demonstration of Very Flexible Large Space Structures Control and Pointing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric Flint, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
CSA Engineering proposes the design, development, qualification, and on-orbit use of a demonstrator of control and pointing for a scaled very flexible large space structure system architecture intended to simulate the PowerSail. On-orbit testing is theonly way to properly capture the dynamic and… More

Affordable Demonstration of Very Flexible, Large Spacecraft Structures Control and Pointing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric Flint, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $1,485,418.00
Abstract:
The PowerSail is a new paradigm in space systems that offers significant performance and cost improvements for on-orbit power generation. The PowerSail will co-orbit in formation with a satellite, with flexible interconnects and a robotic arm managing thelink between the two structures. The… More

Tailored Dynamic Characteristics for Membrane and Inflatable Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric M. Flint, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The goal of the proposed work is the development of an unified framework ofanalytical and testing tools, proven energy dissipation mechanisms, andsystem level approaches that will enable membrane and inflatable (M/I)structures designers to confidently predict and achieve the desiredstructural… More

Tailored Dynamic Characteristics for Membrane and Inflatable Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric M. Flint, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $599,969.00
Abstract:
The goal of the proposed work is the development of an unified framework ofanalytical and testing tools, proven energy dissipation mechanisms, andsystem level approaches that will enable membrane and inflatable (M/I)structures designers to confidently predict and achieve the desiredstructural… More

SoftRide Separation System for Spacecraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Scott Pendleton, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $742,042.00
Abstract:
Shock is a major problem for spacecraft, and is the largest dynamic load on spacecraft during launch on large launch vehicles. Shock to spacecraft during launch comes from two sources, the launch vehicle (fairing separation being one of the largest shocksources) and the spacecraft separation event.… More

SoftRide Separation System for Spacecraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Scott Pendleton, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Shock is a major problem for spacecraft, and is the largest dynamic load on spacecraft during launch on large launch vehicles. Shock to spacecraft during launch comes from two sources, the launch vehicle (fairing separation being one of the largest shocksources) and the spacecraft separation event.… More

High Stiffness Passive Damping Concepts Using Materials or Innovative Mechanisms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UCLA
Principal Investigator: Keith Denoyer, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Greg Carman
Abstract:
This effort will investigate a recent breakthrough in damping materials developed under AFOSR sponsorship at UCLA for potential application to launch vehicle and spacecraft component vibration mitigation. CSA believes that the proposed effort is unique inthat it offers, for the first time, a… More

Adaptive Filtering and Disturbance Feedforward Approach for Flexible Beam Train Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jerry Alcone, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
"In this effort, a novel Adaptive Filtering and Disturbance Feed-forward (AFDF) technique is investigated in the context of direct practical application to the ABL beam control system. High performance ATP systems such as those required for ABL oftenoperate in intense aero-acoustic and structural… More

Payload Adapter for Satellite Missions Launched using ICBM-derived Launch Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph R. Maly, Assoc. Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"Deactivated ICBMs are a logical means of putting payloads into space, but missile systems are not designed for satellite launches, and payload accommodations on deactivated missiles are inadequate for standard payloads. Furthermore, the vibration andacoustic environments during launch of an ICBM… More

Zero-gravity Simulation for Ground Dynamic Testing of Deployable Space Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David A. Kienholz, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $69,500.00
Abstract:
"Deployable (unfolding) structures will be essential to meet weight and performance goals for a number of large spacecraft types, in spite of the risks associated with on-orbit deployment. Knowledge of dynamic properties is essential for predictingon-orbit behavior, including during deployment. … More

Shock Isolation System for Launch Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul S. Wilke, Assoc Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $69,973.00
Abstract:
"High frequency dynamic and shock loads during the launch event can cause permanent damage to satellites, electronics, optics, and other sensitive equipment. The innovation proposed herein is a whole-spacecraft shock isolation system that attenuates theharsh shock environment for EELV-class launch… More

Improved Adaptive Reconstructor Algorithm Performance using Field Programmable Gate Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jerry Alcone, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,086.00
Abstract:
"A key element required for the successful implementation of higher performance Adaptive Optics (AO) systems is to increase processor performance while minimize mass, volume, and power consumption. A processor based on Field Programmable Gated Arrays,FPGA, offers significant advantages in… More

Advanced Boundary and Alignment Actuation for Improvement of Large Membrane Optical Figure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric Flint, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
The goal of the efforts described in this proposal is to establish the feasibility of boundary control and alignment actuators for improving the optical figure of thin film membrane optics. A representative example of this type of system, and the primary focus of the proposed Phase 2, is the DART… More

Advanced Boundary and Alignment Actuation for Improvement of Large Membrane Optical Figure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric Flint, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $595,441.00
Abstract:
The goal of the efforts described in this proposal is to establish the feasibility of boundary control and alignment actuators for improving the optical figure of thin film membrane optics. A representative example of this type of system, and the primary focus of the proposed Phase 2, is the DART… More

Integrated Simulation of Orbital and Structural Dynamics, Formation Flying, and Attitude Control for Flexible Space Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: Texas A&M University
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Potter, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $69,220.00
RI Contact: Carol J. Cantrell
Abstract:
"This effort will develop a novel flexible space system simulation architecture for predicting the on-orbit performance of large aperture space systems such as those envisioned for Space-Based Laser and other MDA/DoD applications. The principal objective ofthis proposal is to develop an architecture… More

Optimal Sensing/Actuation Strategies for Vibration and Acoustic Control of Airborne Optical Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: Duke University
Principal Investigator: Jerry Alcone, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,968.00
RI Contact: Robert L. Clark, Jr
Abstract:
"This effort will investigate a blending of Optimally Distributed Sensing and Actuation (ODAS) with Adaptive Filtering and Disturbance Feed-forward (AFDF) techniques with promise for simultaneously mitigating the impacts of Directed Energy (DE) systempayloads on aircraft while improving the… More

System for Reconfigurable Shock and Vibration Mitigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason E. Lindler, Engineer
Award Amount: $69,993.00
Abstract:
"Current attempts to enhance the ability of SSBNs to deploy guided missiles has created the opportunity to replace the existing pad-based missile shock isolation systems with those based on smart material technologies. The utilization of these advancedmaterials promises to deploy more modular,… More

Payload Adapter for Satellite Missions Launched Using ICBM-Derived Launch Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph R. Maly, Associate Principal Engin
Award Amount: $862,491.00
Abstract:
Deactivated ICBMs are a logical means of putting payloads into space, but missile systems are not designed for satellite launches, and payload accommodations on deactivated missiles are inadequate for standard payloads. Furthermore, the vibration andacoustic environments during launch of an ICBM… More

High Stiffness Passive Damping using Magnetostrictive Particulate Composite Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UCLA
Principal Investigator: Keith Denoyer, Associate Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $499,347.00
RI Contact: Jeanne De Pass
Abstract:
This effort will investigate a recent breakthrough in damping materials developed under AFOSR funding at UCLA for potential application to precision spacecraft component vibration mitigation. The effort will develop improved modeling and componentfabrication techniques for magnetostrictive composite… More

Adaptive Filtering Disturbance Feedforward Approach for Flexible Beam Train Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jerry Alcone, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $999,796.00
Abstract:
In this effort, a novel Adaptive Filtering and Disturbance Feedforward (AFDF) technique is investigated in the context of direct application to the ABL beam control system to mitigate jitter arising from disturbances in or to the High Energy Laser (HEL)Subsystem. Both the HEL and the Mid Optics… More

Improved Adaptive Reconstructor Algorithm Performance using Field Programmable Gate Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Potter, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $737,774.00
Abstract:
This effort will develop a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) architecture/processor for implementation of Adaptive Reconstructor Algorithms (ARA's) for adaptive optics applications. The processor is central to the successful implementation of advancedadaptive optics systems. A processor based on… More

Advanced Manufacturing of Optical Bench Isolation Systems for Airborne Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David A. Kienholz, Vice President
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
Vibration control is critical for directed energy weapons such as Airborne Laser. Vibration aboard the weapon platform is a limiting factor both for generating the energy beam initially (dynamic alignment control of the laser resonator optics) and forfinal beam-directing accuracy. A unique… More

Multi-Axis Hybrid SoftRide System For Large Spacecraft Launch Vibration Isolation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mark Mimovich, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,987.00
Abstract:
Despite the tremendous successes in developing and transitioning vibration isolation technologies within the launch vehicle arena, it is recognized that further advances in isolation technology are needed to meet the increasingly stringent requirements ofmissile defense systems, particularly space… More

Passive Non-Rocking Vibration Isolation System for Earth Science Payloads

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul Wilke, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
Dynamic loads can cause big problems for satellites both during launch and during on-orbit operation. The best solution for attenuating these dynamic loads is to incorporate vibration isolation either at the launch vehicle-to-satellite interface or at the satellite-to-component interface.… More

A Plug and Play Smart Instrumentation Approach for On-Orbit System Identification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jim Goodding, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,966.00
Abstract:
This research will develop a

Control Systems for High Frequency and Hybrid Flight Motion Simulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Roger M. Glaese, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,535.00
Abstract:
Control system methods, architectures and algorithms will be developed to extend the meaningful bandwidth for flight motion simulators (FMS). This will prove valuable for testing missile seekers including image motion compensation algorithms. After anassessment of requirements, two main efforts… More

Mechanical Flexure System with Actuation for Inertial Reference Unit Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Eric H. Anderson, Vice President
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
A six-degree-of-freedom platform combining mechanical flexures and actuation will be developed. Analysis, design and simulation will establish the feasibility of a hexapod architecture for platforms used to support inertial reference unit (IRU) sensorpackages. A potential benefit of the hexapod… More

Advanced Manufacturing of Optical Bench Isolation Systems for Airborne Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David A. Kienholz, Principal Engineer/Vice P
Award Amount: $736,991.00
Abstract:
Vibration control is critical for directed energy weapons such as Airborne Laser. Vibration aboard the weapon platform is a limiting factor both for generating the energy beam (dynamic alignment control of the laser resonator optics) and for beam-directing accuracy. A unique active-passive system… More

Universal Munitions Handling Robotic Arm

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Hall, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes the development of a new, highly capable and flexible, robotic arm based on a combination of serial and parallel kinematic elements and modern computer control processing. By combining the features of a large range-of-motion articulated arm with a precise 6 degree of freedom… More

Integrated Simulation of Orbital and Structural Dynamics, Formation Flying, and Attitude Control for Flexible Space Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: TEES
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Potter, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: Carol J. Cantrell
Abstract:
This effort pursues the further development of an architecture for a single unified simulation capability that encompasses all of the effects needed to accurately predict and subsequently control the complex dynamics of future lightweight flexible space systems. The Phase I effort prototyped this… More

Piezoelectric Single Crystal Hybrid Actuators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Sean O. Fahey, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
The feasibility of a device that exploits the key properties of piezoelectric single crystals will be demonstrated. The device is a power-by-wire hybrid actuator incorporating a piezoelectric pump. The actuator will be effective in shipboard applications and in UUVs or UAVs that use conventional… More

Polymeric Energy Harvester for Underwater Propulsor Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Principal Investigator: Sean Fahey, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,995.00
RI Contact: David W. Richardson
Abstract:
One particular class of electroactive polymers, ionomeric polymers, offers electromechanical properties highly conducive to energy harvesting. The proposed research will show the feasibility of a self-powered remote sensing device that exploits key ionomeric polymer properties. The materials… More

A Modular Platform for Active Noise and Vibration Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul Janzen, Sr. Engineer
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
The Airborne Laser program has an ongoing need to minimize the risks associated with jitter due to acoustically-induced and structure-borne vibrations of sensitive optical equipment. This proposal describes a series of interoperable hardware and software modules designed to quickly implement active… More

Optimal Sensing/Actuation Strategies for Vibration and Acoustic Control of Airborne Optical Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: Duke University
Principal Investigator: Jerry Alcone, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $497,053.00
RI Contact: Maria Scripa
Abstract:
This STTR Phase II effort will demonstrate that a blending of Optimally Distributed Sensing and Actuation (ODAS) with Adaptive Filtering and Disturbance Feed-forward (AFDF) techniques can simultaneously mitigate the impacts of Directed Energy (DE) system payloads on aircraft while improving the… More

Dynamic Pressure Calibrator for Wind Tunnel Models

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Janzen, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Current approaches to the calibration of dynamic pressure sensors used in wind tunnel testing either excite the sensor with a very low pressure level, or are not suitable for use once the sensor is installed on the test article. In this proposal, CSA describes the research and development of a… More

High-Bandwidth Servovalve for Motion Simulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Eric Anderson, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
Hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) motion simulation is a valuable tool in testing and development of missile seekers. Increased bandwidth in the simulation is desired to enhance the fidelity of the testing. Existing systems that use servohydraulic actuation are fundamentally constrained because of… More

Lightweight Kinematic Optical Mount for Vibration and Shock Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Joseph R. Maly, Associate Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
DoD optical systems often must provide precision static and dynamic alignment performance in the presence of harsh operating conditions that include mechanical shock and vibration as well extreme thermal environments. Optical elements such as mirrors or lenses are integrated into these systems with… More

Global Jitter Control Design for Integrated Opto-mechanical Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Leslie P. Fowler, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $99,965.00
Abstract:
On an airborne weapon system such as Airborne Laser (ABL), on-board vibrations distributed throughout the beamtrain result in line-of-sight jitter and significant degradation of weapon lethality. Conventional beam control implements several independent cascaded control loops, with local loops… More

Cryogenic Vibration Damping Mechanisms for Space Telescopes and Interferometers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kirsten Bender
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
In its mission to understand how galaxies, stars, and planetary systems form, NASA's Origins Technology Program calls for advances in "enabling component and subsystem technology" for large space telescopes and other optical instruments that operate at cryogenic temperatures. In particular, the… More

High-Bandwidth Servovalve for Motion Simulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Eric H. Anderson, Vice President / Principa
Award Amount: $749,463.00
Abstract:
Hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) motion simulation is a valuable tool in testing and development of missile seekers and other sensor assemblies. It allows development to happen on the ground and lowers risks in flight testing. Increased bandwidth in the simulation is desired to enhance the fidelity of… More

Lightweight Kinematic Optical Mount for Vibration and Shock Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mark E. Mimovich, Associate Principal Engin
Award Amount: $749,953.00
Abstract:
The objective of this program is to develop a lightweight kinematic optical mount with integrated passive vibration-and-shock mitigation technologies and robust "Set and Forget" alignment adjustment design features. The intended use of this advanced optical mount is within existing DoD optical… More

Global Jitter Control Design for Integrated Opto-mechanical Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Leslie P. Fowler, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $749,830.00
Abstract:
This research will develop a control system methodology, including analysis, design, synthesis and implementation, that will improve the performance of laser weapons and other systems degraded by line-of-sight jitter. It will demonstrate that a global control approach improves jitter performance… More

Unified Pressurization and Valving for Smart-Material Based Electrohydrostatic Actuators (EHAs)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ryan Sneed, Engineer
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Smart material-based actuators have shown promise as compact units for generating fluid power. These actuators have been successfully built to operate at high frequencies, but valve limitations have consistently reduced overall performance. Both passive and active valve concepts have been designed… More

Structural Attachments for Rapid Assembly of Satellites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gregory V. Mehle, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,977.00
Abstract:
The objective of this study is to develop low cost, modular, multi-functional, primary spacecraft structures using a "plywood and two-by-four" approach for rapid assembly. These structures are comprised of aluminum facesheet/honeycomb-core sandwich panels (plywood) bonded to aluminum extrusions… More

Optical Ground Vibration Test System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brad Allen, Associate Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
An acquisition system that will greatly reduce the time to perform ground vibration tests (GVT) on military aircraft is proposed. The system will automate GVTs, enabling rapid acquisition without requiring setup of nearly all sensors and cabling. Segments of the wireframe geometry and acquisition… More

Unified Pressurization and Valving for Smart-Material Based Electrohydrostatic Actuators (EHAs)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ryan C. Sneed, Engineer
Award Amount: $749,918.00
Abstract:
Smart materials have shown promise for fluid power generation within electrohydrostatic actuators (EHAs). The smart material pumps have been successfully built to operate at high frequencies, but valve limitations have consistently reduced overall performance. Both passive and active valve… More

Portable Fully-Automated Soil Property Measurement Probe

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS
Principal Investigator: Bernard R. Jahn, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $99,985.00
RI Contact: Shrini Upadhyaya
Abstract:
The CSA-UCDavis team proposes to develop a soil measurement device to allow for rapid and accurate measurement of soil parameters in order to rapidly and accurately characterize the terrain. The device will be man-portable but also allow for mounting to a small robotic vehicle. Parameters that… More

Laser Communication Systems for Geolocation and Attitude Determination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: CALSPAN-UB RESEARCH CENTER, INC.
Principal Investigator: Ross M. Blankinship, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,958.00
RI Contact: Kevin W. Leous
Abstract:
The optical communication links between various orbiting satellites can serve as the cornerstone of an accurate attitude and geo-referencing scheme when 2 or more vehicles are engaged in laser communication. To date, most research studies into determining relative attitudes and positions between… More

ESPA for Lunar and Science Missions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joseph R. Maly, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,985.00
Abstract:
NASA mission planning in the next decade includes small spacecraft and secondary flight opportunities on Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELVs), specifically Atlas V and Delta IV. NASA's use of EELVs is accelerated because of the impending termination of the Delta II launcher. Nearly all EELVs… More

Adaptive Filtering for Aeroservoelastic Response Suppression

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul J. Keas, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
CSA Engineering proposes the design of an adaptive aeroelastic mode suppression for advanced fly-by-wire aircraft, which will partition the modal suppression function from the rigid-body Flight Control System (FCS). CSA is recognized as having world-class expertise in the areas structural dynamics,… More

Optical Ground Vibration Test System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bradley R. Allen, Associate Principal Engin
Award Amount: $595,895.00
Abstract:
CSA offers a GVT test system that can dramatically reduce down time for AFFTC aircraft. Phase I demonstrated function of critical components that enable a configuration to reduce aircraft downtime by one-half or possibly even more. This proposal offers new techniques that preserve full control of… More

Low Cost, Modular-Open Architecture Structures for Rapid Response Satellite Bus Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gregory V. Mehle, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $749,992.00
Abstract:
The objective of this study is to develop low cost, modular, multi-functional, primary spacecraft structures using an open-modular architecture which utilizes a "plywood and two-by-four" construction approach for rapid assembly. To be completed MM

System for Simulation and Measurement of Spacecraft and Component Vibration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Cash, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $741,771.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Ground testing of space flight systems is a means of verifying component and system performance, developing new capabilities, and reducing risk. This research will produce a computer-controlled physical system capable of delivering motion, vibration and jitter in six degrees of freedom… More