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Company Information:

Company Name: Softronics LImited
City: Marion
State: IA
Zip+4: 52302-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (319) 431-0314

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $939,456.00 11
SBIR Phase II $2,091,677.00 4

Award List:

Measuring Depth Profiles of Scattering in the Ocean

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Robert H. Sternowski, President
Award Amount: $60,335.00
Abstract:
LIDAR (laser radar) is used for oceanographic research, and emits a short light pulse whose return echoes are digitized and analyzed to determine the composition and location of underwater objects. This requires a digitizer with high sampling speed, wide bandwidth commensurate with the pulse width,… More

Measuring Depth Profiles of Scattering in the Ocean

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Robert H. Sternowski, Project Director
Award Amount: $221,395.00
Abstract:
LIDAR (laser radar) is used for oceanographic research, and emits a short light pulse whose return echoes are digitized and analyzed to determine the composition and location of underwater objects. This requires a digitizer with high sampling speed, wide bandwidth commensurate with the pulse width,… More

Monolithic Silicon Carbide Power Amplifier for Munition Links

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert H. Sternowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,921.00
Abstract:
Future "intelligent" loitering weapons require a communications link with an efficient, flexible, high power radio power amplifier matched to the weapon's demanding size, weight, and power efficiency requirements. The short operating life, low cost, linear amplification, and wide range of frequency… More

ENCAPT Passive Fire Protection System for Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Mosier, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $67,390.00
Abstract:
New ship construction will rely more heavily on composite structures, which provide structural strength with light weight, but with increased vulnerability to fire damage. To prevent catastrophic fire damage, Softronics is offering ENCAPT as a lining material for the composite structures to… More

Microminiature Sensor System for FORCENet

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert H. Sternowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,267.00
Abstract:
A microminiature radio sensor system may be decomposed into antenna, RF, and digital subsystems, plus support elements (power, case, datalink, storage, etc.). The difficult aspect of the requirements is the simultaneous requirement for small size, wide frequency coverage, low power consumption,… More

Cosite Interference Reduction for Electronic Attack Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Sternowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $78,424.00
Abstract:
Reducing cosite interference on an aircraft requires a top-down system engineering approach. This begins with collecting performance data on all equipment involved, computer modeling the interference for each equipment pairing to identify specific interference sources and levels, defining the… More

High Temperature Telemetry Transmitter for Venus Exploration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Sternowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,579.00
Abstract:
The proposed S-band telemetry transmitter will operate in the exterior Venusian corrosive, high pressure, 460oC ambient atmosphere without being contained in a thermally protective container. The sealed, radiation-hardened, high-reliability, silicon-carbide-based transmitter uses an ambient… More

Microminiature Sensor System for FORCENet

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert H. Sternowski, PI
Award Amount: $599,825.00
Abstract:
The miniature ESM receiver payload from Phase I will be prototyped into both an ESM and communications relay payload with low profile broadband antenna and high speed miniature TCDL Ku-band downlink. All aspects of the payload are very lightweight, small, low power, and inexpensive commensurate… More

Down Converter Hardware Development in a PXI (PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) Extensions for Instrumentation) Form Factor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Phillip J. Rezin, Vice President, Engineeri
Award Amount: $69,115.00
Abstract:
Weight-sensitive shipboard and transportable systems in support of deployed operations require high RF test analysis capability in the 100 KHz to 26.5 GHz range. It is highly desirable to implement this as a miniature PXI module suite for the Navy's Automated Test Systems that combines the modular,… More

High Temperature Telemetry Transmitter for Venus Exploration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Sternowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $559,155.00
Abstract:
The proposed S-band telemetry transmitter will operate in the exterior Venusian high pressure, 465?aC ambient atmosphere without being contained in a thermally protective container. The sealed, radiation-hardened, high-reliability, silicon-carbide-based transmitter uses an ambient heatsink to cool… More

Miniature Frequency Agile RF Beacon Receivers for Ionospheric Effects Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert H. Sternowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $88,971.00
Abstract:
The problem to be solved is developing an affordable receiver system for ionospheric measurements. The challenges lie in developing a low-cost node that enables deployment of a large measurement grid to measure the spatial distribution of signal reflections over a substantial geographic area;… More

Acoustic Array Simulation Environment System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Sternowski, President – (319) 447-1446
Award Amount: $97,872.00
Abstract:
ASW training requires an accurate simulation of both sonobuoy data content and geolocation in order to maintain peak crew proficiency. Unfortunately, existing systems can generate and emit the necessary field of 64 sonobuoy signal simulations, but without the geographic dispersion of a real sonobuoy… More

Shock Tolerant, Solid State, Submersible Emergency Transmitter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert Sternowski, President – (319) 447-1446
Award Amount: $77,648.00
Abstract:
Softronics Ltd. proposes employing a novel circuit topology to create a state-of-the-art replacement for the emergency buoy HF transmitter. Using less than 24 components per transmitter, it features very high power efficiency and extended battery life. The 5 cubic inch, 3 ounce transmitter module is… More

Very Low Frequency Receiver front end with high sensitivity and frequency selectivity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert H. Sternowski, PI – (319) 447-1446
Award Amount: $131,934.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Softronics Ltd. proposes to implement an advanced VLF receiver front end utilizing a trio of advanced technologies. The first is a digital cancellation DSP technique that reduces both atmospheric noise and jamming signals within the desired passband, significantly improving the SNR of… More

Acoustic Array Simulation Environment System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Sternowski, President – (319) 447-1446
Award Amount: $711,302.00
Abstract:
The proposed effort will design and build a 64 channel ASW test/training system that relays individual sonobuoy acoustic data from a master scenario generator to each randomly located/drifting relay sonobuoy. The data is retransmitted as simulated sonobuoy data for purposes of training and testing.… More