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Company Information:

Company Name: Invocon, Inc.
City: Conroe
State: TX
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.invocon.com
Phone: (281) 292-9903

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,920,783.00 33
SBIR Phase II $6,312,181.00 10
STTR Phase I $369,800.00 4
STTR Phase II $1,199,662.00 2

Award List:

Wireless Airborne Instrumentation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Karl Kiefer
Award Amount: $49,923.00
Abstract:
During flight testing, an aircraft's performance is evaluated using data obtained from sensors placed throughout the airframe. The data is transmitted to a central data acquisition center via hardwire connections. This hardwire system has been found to be unsatisfactory due to high costs incurred… More

Integrated Sensor Control and Telecommunications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Karl Kiefer
Award Amount: $48,750.00

Integrated Sensor Control and Telecommunications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Karl Kiefer
Award Amount: $483,650.00

Wireless Integrated Sensor Data Processor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Karl Kiefer , President
Award Amount: $69,928.00

An Interactive System for Educational Instruction in High Energy Physics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Karl Kiefer
Award Amount: $74,987.00

Field Energy Recoil Emission Technology (FERET)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Karl F. Kiefer , President
Award Amount: $99,951.00
Abstract:
Passenger safety concerns have prompted the FAA to elicit energy-sensitive neutron detectors which do not rely on the time-of-flight method and are suitable for use in explosive detection systems. Invocon, Inc. proposes to design an inspection system consisting of an energy source and a detector. … More

Wireless Integrated Sensor Data Processor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Karl Kiefer , President
Award Amount: $585,770.00

Aircraft Integrity Radio Network Evaluation Technology (AIRNET)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,962.00

Microminiature Wireless Instrumentation System (MicroWIS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,514.00

Wireless Autonomous Sensor Package (WASP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Steven Schram, Program Director
Award Amount: $69,788.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Zymowski, Program Director
Award Amount: $99,336.00

Micro Stress Analysis and Forecasted Endurance - MicroSAFE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alan Haigood, Program Director
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
MicroSAFE (Micro Stress Analysis and Forecasted Endurance) is a wireless miniature autonomous stress analysis device that utilizes the ASTM Rainflow Cycle Counting Fatigue Analysis to determine expected life of critical structures. The device is based on an Invocon Internal R&D project where a… More

Wireless Interface to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Alan Haigood, Program Director
Award Amount: $69,932.00
Abstract:
Proposed is a study of incorporation of aircraft incident recorders and Structural Data Recorder Systems (SDRS) into an open architecture wireless network. This Enhanced Crash Survivable Flight Incident Recorder (ECSFIR) will improve flight safety byproviding better information to accident… More

UltraWIS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kevin Champaigne, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $593,393.00
Abstract:
Leak detection and location within manned spacecraft has been an elusive goal as was demonstrated on MIR. Manual leak detection, using ultrasonic technology, was successfully demonstrated at Johnson Space Center by a project team within ES using techniques for leak detection in pressurized aircraft.… More

UltraWIS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kevin Champaigne, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,991.00
Abstract:
Leak detection and location within manned spacecraft has been an elusive goal as was demonstrated on MIR. Manual leak detection, using ultrasonic technology, was successfully demonstrated at Johnson Space Center by a project team within ES using techniques for leak detection in pressurized aircraft.… More

Entire Ship Ballast Autonomous Wireless Monitoring System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Mike Walcer, Program Director
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
The exchange of ship ballast water has introduced non-native organisms to ports around the world. These bioinvaders are non-indigenous species that have the potential to upset local ecological systems and economics. Various treatment methods are in limited use or experimentation: heat treatment,… More

Un-tethered Velocity of Sound Profiling Sensor (UVOSPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Aaron Trott, Program Director
Award Amount: $69,989.00
Abstract:
"Accurate knowledge of the Sound Velocity Profile (SVP) is necessary to interpret SONAR signals correctly. The Navy requires sensors, for wide deployment in existing sonobuoys, capable of determining the SVP. Surpassing the limitations and costs oftethered solutions, IVC proposes the Un-tethered… More

MicroSAFE (Stress Analysis and Forecasted Endurance)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joe Hermann
Award Amount: $69,918.00
Abstract:
The NASA SLI is to determine design approaches to a new space launch vehicle that can reduce the costs and minimize risks. Significant amounts of the cost associated with operation of the current Shuttle involves manual inspections. The challenge is to determine a means of more cost effective… More

Wireless Ethernet-based Data Acquisition System (WEBDAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric Krug
Award Amount: $69,689.00
Abstract:
The feasibility of extremely low-power wireless RF sensors has been demonstrated by Invocon, Inc. and others, but the application of the technology to broader applications, particularly ground test systems, has been limited. Ground test facilities must be capable of providing reliable, laboratory… More

EPIC (Electromagnetic Personnel Interdiction Control)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Champaigne, Program Director
Award Amount: $69,977.00
Abstract:
The Marine Corps has a requirement for a non-destructive stun weapon that would render a hostile war fighter ineffective for a period of time. There is significant political and military interest in such a capability. In addition, the ability to remotelyincapacitate a human being without permanent… More

Un-tethered Velocity of Sound Profiling Sensor (UVOSPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Aaron Trott, Program Director
Award Amount: $749,818.00
Abstract:
The Un-tethered Velocity of Sound Profiling Sensor (UVOSPS) provides the Navy with a unique solution for gathering sound velocity profiles (SVPs). It operates by releasing probes from a sonobuoy whenever an SVP is required. As a probe descends through the water, it gathers SVP data and transmits… More

Wireless Ethernet-Based Data Acquisition System (WEBDAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric Krug, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,983.00
Abstract:
The feasibility of extremely low-power wireless RF sensors has been demonstrated by Invocon, Inc. and others, but the application of the technology to broader applications, particularly ground test systems, has been limited. Ground test facilities must be capable of providing reliable, laboratory… More

Wireless Crack Propagation Embeddable Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brian Roberson, Design Engineer
Award Amount: $99,917.00
Abstract:
In the recent past, the use of composite materials in aircraft has increased. While composite materials offer many benefits, they are not perfect materials. Micro-cracking can occur in the cooling process of laminate construction. These cracks can spread and new cracks can even form during… More

Synchronized Wireless Accelerometer Network (SWAN)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Zymowski, Program Director
Award Amount: $99,911.00
Abstract:
The need for miniature sensor devices that can acquire vibration data associated with military flight testing is promoting the use of emerging technologies in innovative wireless instrumentation systems. When combined with aircraft diagnostic and prognostic systems, aircraft safety can be enhanced,… More

ISS Inventory Tracking System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Doug Heermann, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
The success of the International Space Station in meeting NASA?s goals for completing the maximum amount of scientific research aboard the orbiting outpost is directly related to the proportion of astronaut time spent on scientific endeavors versus the time spent maintaining all of the ISS facility… More

EPIC (Electromagnetic Personnel Interdiction Control)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Champaigne, Program Director
Award Amount: $599,971.00
Abstract:
The Marine Corps has indicated a need for a new technology that could form the basis of non-lethal and non-destructive weapons. The purpose of these weapons would be to render an adversary either incapable or unwilling to resist installation of captive restraints. This incapacitation must last for… More

Anchored Marker Location & Ranging of Mines (AM-ALARM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul Zymowski, Program Director
Award Amount: $69,911.00
Abstract:
The navy seeks a mine location marker (MLM) which can be deployed by a Mission Recoverable Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (MRUUV). The MLM will allow the mine neutralization assets to quickly and accurately reacquire mine-like objects. Invocon proposes the Anchored Marker for Acoustic Location and… More

Distributed Impact Detection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mike Walcer
Award Amount: $69,990.00
Abstract:
Automated impact detection and characterization on manned spacecraft has been an elusive goal due to the transitory nature of the detectable high-frequency signals. The proposed approach for this effort is to use large numbers of self-powered, miniaturized, "stick on" piezoelectric sensory nodes… More

Wireless Integrated Microelectronic Vacuum Sensor System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric Krug, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,909.00
Abstract:
The efficient utilization of ground test facilities and launch sites is critical for the success of NASA's New Vision for Space Exploration. The development of an innovative Wireless Integrated Microelectronic Vacuum Sensor System for monitoring vacuum-jacketed pipelines is proposed that would… More

Integrated Data Assimilation Architecture

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Colorado
Principal Investigator: Kevin Gifford, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,983.00
RI Contact: Kevin Gifford
Abstract:
The Integrated Data Assimilation Architecture (IDAA) is a middleware architecture that facilitates the incorporation of heterogeneous sensing and control devices into a unifying system with standardized application interfaces. The architecture is standards-based (IEEE wireless standards) and is an… More

Distributed Impact Detection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael Walcer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,916.00
Abstract:
Automated impact detection and characterization on manned spacecraft has been an elusive goal due to the transitory nature of the detectable high-frequency signals. The proposed approach for this effort is to use large numbers of self-powered, miniaturized, "stick on" piezoelectric sensory nodes… More

A Multi-Channel Digitizing Front End with Timing and Amplitude Readout

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: University of Houston
Principal Investigator: Kevin D. Champaigne, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,925.00
RI Contact: Thomas L. Boozer
Abstract:
In the last two decades, particle detectors developed for nuclear physics experimental research have increasingly demanded higher channel count, and better amplitude and timing resolution. To meet these requirements, the electronic readout of most new designs have attempted to implement distributed… More

Extreme Environments Telemetry System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Walcer, Program Director
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In order for miniature wireless sensor technology to be useful for applications involving turbine engine and high-temperature wind tunnels, drastic improvements in operational ranges of the necessary electronics assemblies, in terms of both temperature and acceleration, must be achieved. The… More

Wireless Integrated Microelectronic Vacuum Sensor System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric R. Krug, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,944.00
Abstract:
The efficient utilization of ground test facilities and launch sites is critical for the success of NASA's New Vision for Space Exploration. The development of an innovative Wireless Integrated Microelectronic Vacuum Sensor System for monitoring vacuum-jacketed pipelines is proposed that would… More

Distributed Leak Detection System Using Structure-Borne Noise

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Iowa State University
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Sumners, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,972.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
Manned spacecraft are vulnerable to air leaks caused by micrometeorite and space debris impact. The ability to detect and quickly locate and mitigate a pressure vessel breach is critical to the safety of any long duration spacecraft, such as the International Space Station or a proposed lunar base… More

Integrated Data Assimilation Architecture

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Colorado
Principal Investigator: Kevin K. Gifford, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,689.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
The Integrated Data Assimilation Architecture (IDAA) addresses the fundamental problem of command, control, and communications systems interoperability. Interoperability of Explorations systems is necessary to improve reliability, reduce complexity, increase software and hardware reusability, and… More

High Impact G-Loading Data Acquisition System (HI-G-DAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF MARYLAND
Principal Investigator: Paul Zymowski, Program Director
Award Amount: $69,920.00
RI Contact: Donald Barker
Abstract:
A system is proposed for high-performance wireless data acquisition in high-impact environments, specifically the launch environment of Naval payloads. The High Impact G-Loading Data Acquisition System (HI-G-DAS) is a miniature, low power instrumentation system designed to maximize flexibility by… More

Vestibular Stimulation via Time-Varying Magnetic Fields

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The human vestibular system provides sensory input to the brain regarding movement of the head, including both lateral and angular accelerations. The semi-circular canals sense angular movements in all three orthogonal axes, while the otoliths sense movements… More

Rapid End-game Assessment Package (REAP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul Zymowski, Program Director
Award Amount: $99,922.00
Abstract:
Invocon proposes the Rapid End-game Assessment Package (REAP), a highly-integrated health monitoring and lethality assessment instrumentation system for target missiles. The resulting instrumentation will save space, weight, telemetry bandwidth, and integration time compared to current targets. … More

Surface-Borne Time-of-Reception Measurements (STORM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Doug Heermann, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
Invocon proposes the Surface-borne Time-Of-Reception Measurements (STORM) system as a method to locate the position of lightning strikes on aerospace vehicles. Initially developed as a hypervelocity impact location system, the baseline technology lends itself to simple adaptation for lightning… More

Radiation Alert Immediate Disclosure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric Krug, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,904.00
Abstract:
Recent testing involving Hyper Velocity Impacts has resulted in the capture of broad band high frequency energy resulting from the impact of projectiles onto targets. These test impacts have been demonstrated from 3 to 7 kilometers per second at both NASA WSTF and Sandia National Labs. In all… More

Radiation Alert Immediate Disclosure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric Krug, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,941.00
Abstract:
Invocon's Radiation Alert Immediate Disclosure (RAID) system is a miniature, low-power, real-time, active radiation badge. It is designed for monitoring personnel, equipment, and environments while minimizing complicated user interfaces. RAID's ability to determine characteristics and… More

HVI Damage Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Doug Heermann, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,951.00
Abstract:
A device is proposed that can track the electrical charge dispersion that is created when hyper velocity impact (HVI) occurs between two entities with a closing velocity greater than 1 km per second. This same device can measure the time of arrival of the charge wave front at transducers placed… More

Radiation Environment Monitor for Spacecraft (REMS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Eric Krug, Program Director – (281) 292-9903
Award Amount: $149,993.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Invocon proposes its Radiation Environment Monitor for Spacecraft (REMS) as a method to provide real-time space radiation weather information for satellites and other spacecraft. REMS measures, stores, and communicates information about radiation dose, dose rate, and angle of incidence. … More

Wireless Intra-vehicle Communication System (WICS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul Zymowski, Program Director
Award Amount: $199,856.00
Abstract:
Invocon's Wireless Intra-vehicle Communication System (WICS) is being designed as an enabling technology for low-cost launch vehicles. It will reduce the cost of these vehicles in primarily three ways:1. Minimizing vehicle weight by decreasing bulky cables and connectors - this increases the… More

Surface-borne Time Of Reception Measurements (STORM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Doug Heermann, Program Director
Award Amount: $124,955.00
Abstract:
Invocon has devised a method to determine the location of lightningstrikes on structures to as close as 1" by combining simple sensorswith highly capable electronics. This method measures a strike frommultiple transducers to triangulate its location. Initial testing on metallic and composite… More

Hypervelocity Impact Damage Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Doug Heermann, R&D Development Director – (281) 292-9903
Award Amount: $99,949.00
Abstract:
Invocon, Inc. proposes the development and testing of a Hypervelocity Impact Damage Assessment system that can track the electrical charge dispersion created when a hypervelocity impact (HVI) occurs between two entities with a closing velocity greater than 1 km per second. This same system can… More

Radiation Environment Monitor for Spacecraft (REMS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Eric Krug, Program Director – (281) 292-9903
Award Amount: $749,795.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Invocon proposes its Radiation Environment Monitor for Spacecraft (REMS) as a method to provide real-time space radiation weather information for satellites and other spacecraft. REMS measures, stores, and communicates information about radiation dose, dose rate, and angle of incidence.… More