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Company Information:

Company Name: Research Support Instruments, Inc.
City: Lanham
State: MD
Zip+4: 20706-4854
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (301) 306-0010

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,758,849.00 32
SBIR Phase II $4,043,966.00 6
STTR Phase I $468,053.00 5
STTR Phase II $498,473.00 1

Award List:

A BALLOON-BORNE SOLAR VECTOR MAGNETOGRAPH

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert F Crabbs , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,999.00
Abstract:
Solar flare prediction is a critical need for air force space and communications operations. the key to flare prediction is in the highly structured magnetic fields preceding flare eruption. the proposed instrument will achieve high-spatial-resolution measurement of these fields by operation from a… More

A TUNABLE INFRARED SOURCE FOR MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY USING ROOM TEMPERATURE DIODE LASERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John C. D. Berends, Jr.
Award Amount: $49,958.00

A NEW SPECTROPHOTOMETER FOR STRATOSPHERIC OZONE MEASUREMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Jack A Mckay
Award Amount: $49,038.00
Abstract:
A low-cost solar ultraviolet scanning spectroradiometer, suitable for moderate resolution (1 nm) measurements of solar irradiance in the uv-b spectral range, 290-320 nm is being developed. the objectives of the instrument are solar uv-b and column ozone measurements for the detection of secular… More

An Autonomous Lidar for Remote Monitoring of Polar Stratospheric Clouds

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jack A. McKay
Award Amount: $49,463.00

A TUNABLE INFRARED SOURCE FOR MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY USING ROOM TEMPERATURE DIODE LASERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John C. D. Berends, Jr.
Award Amount: $499,940.00

High Precision Water Impact Locator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Christopher Rollins, Ph.d
Award Amount: $99,945.00

High Precision Water Impact Locator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Christopher Rollins, Ph.d
Award Amount: $710,486.00
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments (RSI) proposed to use its expertise in systems integration to develop a hydrophone based sonic detection system which is capable of determining the location of a munitions impact in water to accuracy approaching one foot. The task of determining the location of a sound… More

Magnetic Compression of Colliding Spinning Micro Tori for Fusion Space Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,994.00

Electron Beam-Controlled Microwave-Driven Plasmas for Hypersonic Flow Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John kline
Award Amount: $99,967.00

Zenith Viewing Spectroradiometer for O3, SO2, NO2, Aerosol Optical Depths and UltraViolet Spectral Radiances (7008-490)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Donald Heath, Manager, Boulder Operations
Award Amount: $69,957.00

Self-Calibrating Multi-Mode Filter Spectroradiometer with Measurement Applications for Column Amounts of O3, NO2, SO2 and Aerosol Optical Depths

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,978.00
Abstract:
Not Available ARGTEC is pioneering the use of a new, innovative technology based on the theory of Attributed Relational Graph for content-based indexing and retrieval in large information databases. We have achieved several breakthroughs in the development of this technology. We applied this… More

Electron Beam-Controlled Microwave-Driven Plasmas for Hypersonic Flow Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John F. Kline
Award Amount: $744,776.00

An inexpensive, versatile micro-machined mass spectrometer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jon Fox, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $69,968.00
Abstract:
The inexpensive, versatile micro-machined mass spectrometer (IVM^{2}-MS) is envisioned as a inexpensive replacement for large, complex, macroscopic instruments in use in the field and in the laboratory. At its core it is a 180 degree magnetic deflection mass filter fabricated from Si wafers. A small… More

Digital Pulse Processing for Nuclear Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Donald F. Heath, Manager, Boulder Operations
Award Amount: $99,878.00
Abstract:
65858 The spectroradiometric calibration of remote sensing instruments in the ultraviolet, needed for radiometric measurements in the atmosphere, is often subject to significant uncertainties due to out-of-band scattered light, significant uncertainties associated with low radiometric… More

A micro-machined energy-mass spectrograph for microsatellite applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jon Fox, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $92,804.00
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments, Inc., with the aid of the PrincetonUniversity Photonics and Optoelectronic Materials (POEM) group, proposesthe development of a micro-chip energy-mass spectrograph for spaceenvironment sensing aboard microsatellites. The micro-machinedenergy-mass spectrograph (M^2-EMS)… More

A Micro-machined Energy Mass Spectrograph for Microsatellite Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jon Fox, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $738,915.00
Abstract:
RSI, an Industrial Associate of the Princeton University Photonics and Optoelectronic Materials group, proposes the development of a micro-chip energy-mass spectrograph for space environment sensing aboard microsatellites. The micro-machined energy-massspectrograph (M2-EMS) is envisioned as a… More

Embedded Microexplosives for Secure Hardware (EMESH)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jon R. Fox, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,928.00
Abstract:
The EMESH program will deliver hard, epoxy based materials embedded with microscale quantities of micro explosives (mu X) for tamper-reactivity. Using the same high aspect MEMS photosensitive epoxies the EMESH project will produce demonstration circuit traces which use all three dimensions above the… More

A Micro-Electroformed Cross Capacitor (MECC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Jon R. Fox, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $74,852.00
Abstract:
Utilizing new hard, etch resistant photoresists derived from epoxy formulations such as SU-8 to serve as the mold for electroless metaldeposition for MEMS electroforming techniques, a fully micro-miniaturized cross capacitor can be realized. A Micro-Electroformed Cross Capacitor (MECC) is built by… More

Water-Based Thrusters for Space Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Daniel J. Sullivan, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $98,972.00
Abstract:
"Research Support Instruments proposes to develop an innovative electric propulsion (EP) system which will utilize water (or its constituent gases) as its working fluid. This device, the MET-100, is an electrothermal thruster design which utilizesmicrowave energy at a nominal power output of 100 W.… More

Magnetohydrodynamic Power Extraction in High Speed Flows using Nonequilibrium Ionization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Kline, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,938.00
Abstract:
"Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI), with the aid of Princeton University, proposes to use non-thermal ionization of high-speed flows to achieve the first-ever demonstration of nonequlibrium magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) power extraction for use onboardan aircraft. MHD power generation has been… More

Passive MEMS Tagging of Personnel (PMTP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Princeton University
Principal Investigator: Jon R. Fox, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $68,272.00
RI Contact: Richard B. Miles, Ph D
Abstract:
"RSI, in collaboration with the Applied Physics group of Princeton University, proposes to utilize MEMS electroforming techniques to produce a passive micro-machined metal corner cube retro-reflector on the 20--100 micron size scale. As a Passive MEMS Tagfor Personnel (PMTP), such a all-metal… More

Design of a Microwave ElectroMagneto-Static (MEMS) Thruster for Nanosatellites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Florida Space Institute
Principal Investigator: Daniel J. Sullivan, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,967.00
RI Contact: John Brandenburg
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments, Inc., with the aid of the Princeton University Photonics and Optoelectronic Materials (POEM) group and the Florida Space Institute (FSI), proposes the development of a revolutionary, high specific impulse, microchip-sizedthruster for nanosatellite propulsion. This… More

Plasma and Photoionization Approaches for Combustion Initiation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Princeton University
Principal Investigator: Daniel J. Sullivan, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,962.00
RI Contact: Richard B. Miles, PhD
Abstract:
"Ignition and flame holding is one of the key problems in development of ram/scramjet engines in the range of flight Mach numbers from about 4 (the minimum Mach number for ramjet operation) to 7. At Mach number less than 7, the static temperature at theentrance to the combustor is below 1,200 K, and… More

An Equilibrated Micromachined Pressure (EMP) Sensor for Hypersonic Transients

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: PRINCETON UNIV.
Principal Investigator: John F. Kline, Principal Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,931.00
RI Contact: Richard Miles
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI), with the aid of Princeton University, proposes to develop an Equilibrated Micromachined Pressure (EMP) sensor for measuring hypersonic transients with amplitudes < 1 Torr and frequencies of hundreds of kHz.Existing micromachined transducers include… More

MHD Power Generation and Aerodynamic Control for Planetary Entry Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Kline, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,977.00
Abstract:
When a spacecraft enters a planetary atmosphere with a velocity of 6-8 km/s, gas temperatures behind the bow shock can reach 7,000 ? 20,000 K, and the hot gas is ionized: the electrical conductivity of several hundred mho/m or higher exists behind the shock. The conductive fluid can interact with… More

Plasma and Photoionization Approaches for Combustion Initiation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Princeton University
Principal Investigator: Daniel J. Sullivan, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $498,473.00
RI Contact: Richard Miles
Abstract:
The Phase I research conducted jointly by Research Support Instruments (RSI) and the Applied Physics Group of Princeton University has yielded results that could lead to a paradigm shift in combustion research being conducted on engines for both supersonic and hypersonic flight. Research to date has… More

Rapid Multi-frame Processing for Improved Identification of Lethal Objects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James N. Caron, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,979.00
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments Inc. (RSI) proposes to research and develop a multi-frame processing algorithm that is uniquely tailored to combine a frame sequence from a kill vehicle to improve the identification of a target. The combination process will diminish the effect of motion blur that… More

Rapid Super-sampling of Multi-frame Sequences for Improved Identification of Lethal Objects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James N. Caron, Principle Scientist
Award Amount: $99,978.00
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments Inc. (RSI) proposes to develop a new multi-frame processing technique that allows fast and effective super-sampling of the scene. Each frame of the imaging sequence is up-sampled to a higher image size. Then, without realignment, the frames are averaged together.… More

Microwave Enhanced Combustion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel J. Sullivan, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,761.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes a research program which will continue an ongoing investigation of the effect of microwave energy on the combustion processes of hydrocarbon-air mixtures. Previous research conducted by Research Support Instruments and Princeton University have demonstrated that the… More

Portable Non-contact Ultrasound Detection for Aircraft Fatigue Damage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Caron, Principal Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,980.00
Abstract:
Due to the aging and fatigue loading, the microstructures of flight-critical aircraft components can develop fatigue cracks. If undetected, these cracks will expand and produce the eventual catastrophic failure of the component. High performance materials, for example titanium alloys, are… More

High Performance Nitrous Oxide MET

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Daniel J. Sullivan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,913.00
Abstract:
This proposal seeks to address the topic of developing an on-board propulsion device which will significantly increase capabilities and reduce costs for Earth science spacecraft. The propulsion device which is proposed here is a microwave powered, electrothermal thruster which will utilized… More

A Plasma Point Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John F. Kline, Principal Research Scient
Award Amount: $69,969.00
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI) proposes to develop an innovative defense technology: a large volume plasma generator configured into a plasma point defense cannon to intercept incoming kinetic threats. RSI has developed a patented device to produce large volume atmospheric pressure… More

Molecular Filtered Electronic Resonance Enhanced NO Raman Scattering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: PRINCETON UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Daniel J. Sullivan, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,921.00
RI Contact: Richard Miles
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments and the Applied Physics Group of the MAE Department of Princeton University are partnering to develop a unique laser diagnostic technique based on electronic resonance enhanced Raman scattering. This technique will allow for quantitative measurements of nitric oxide (NO)… More

A Microformed Magnet-Based Microphone/Speaker Array for Active Noise Reduction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John F. Kline, Principal Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,956.00
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI) proposes to develop a MEMS microspeaker/ microphone array for use in active noise reduction (ANR). Micromachined pressure transducers using piezoresistive or capacitive sensing techniques are well developed; this project will instead develop a magnetic… More

The Microwave Ionosphere Reconfiguration Ground-based Emitter (MIRAGE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John F. Kline, Principal Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,953.00
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI) proposes to develop the Microwave Ionosphere Reconfiguration Ground-based Emitter (MIRAGE). MIRAGE will use a novel combination of an inexpensive, portable microwave transmitter array on the ground and a small chaff-carrying launch vehicle in the air. The… More

A Coded Alternating Micromachined Retroreflector Array (CAMERA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $74,911.00
Abstract:
RSI will develop a technology to improve fire fighter visibility and enable tracking of position/identity. The Coded Alternating Micromachined Retroreflector Array (CAMERA) will use RSI's microscale retroreflectors, a near-infrared (IR) coating and near-IR sources pulsing on alternating video frames… More

The Micro-Actuator Speaker System (MASS) for Active Noise Reduction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John F. Kline, Principal Research Scient
Award Amount: $749,911.00
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI), constructed the first-ever microscale ribbon speaker/microphone, a promising new driver and microphone for active noise reduction (ANR) earplugs, during its Phase I program. RSI proposes to continue the Micro-Actuator Speaker System (MASS) program to… More

Retroreflector Array for Test Environments (RATE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John S. Kline, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,977.00
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI) proposes to develop the Retroreflector Array for Test Environments (RATE), an innovative technology that will non-intrusively measure pressure on aerodynamic surfaces in NASA ground test facilities with high sensitivity and bandwidth. The signal from RATE… More

Micro-Actuator Speaker System 2 (MASS-2)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John F. Kline, Principal Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI), with the help of Westone, Inc., proposes to develop the Micro-Actuator Speaker System 2 (MASS-2): an active noise reduction (ANR) based hearing protection system for carrier deck environments. The core of MASS-2 will be a high-intensity version of the… More

Friction-Sensing Retroreflector Array Patches (FRAP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Kline, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,980.00
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI) proposes to develop the Friction-Sensing Retroreflector Array Patches (FRAP), a technology that will measure the shear stress distribution on aerodynamic surfaces in ground test facilities with high resolution, sensitivity, and bandwidth. Unlike the oil-film… More

Friction-Sensing Reflector Array Patches (FRAP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John F. Kline, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,938.00
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI) proposes to develop the Friction-Sensing Reflector Array Patches (FRAP), a technology that will measure the shear stress distribution on aerodynamic surfaces in ground test facilities with high resolution, sensitivity, and bandwidth. Unlike the oil-film… More

Micro-Universal Fit Fasteners (MUFF)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John F. Kline, Group Leader, Microtechnologies
Award Amount: $99,983.00
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI) proposes to develop Micro Universal Fit Fasteners (MUFF's), a solution to the Air Force need for an adhesive for appliqu,-based replacements for paint on surfaces such as aircraft exteriors. Fluoropolymer film appliqu,s have been developed for various paint… More

Gyroscopic Inertial Micro-Balance Azimuth Locator (GIMBAL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John F. Kline, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,968.00
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI) proposes the Gyroscopic Inertial Micro-Balance Azimuth Locator (GIMBAL) program to use an innovative encapsulated spinning wheel micro-gyroscope as a Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) actuator for small spacecraft use. While macro-size gyroscopes,… More

Gyroscopic Inertial Micro-Balance Attitude Locator (GIMBAL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John F. Kline, Group Leader, Microtechnologies
Award Amount: $99,933.00
Abstract:
Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI) proposes the Gyroscopic Inertial Micro-Balance Attitude Locator (GIMBAL), a MEMS gyro concept presented at the SENSIAC Joint Precision Azimuth Sensing Symposium, to address the problem of rate gyroscope drift, a particular issue for antenna pedestals. While… More