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Company Information:

Company Name: Arete Associates
City: Winnetka
State: CA
Zip+4: 91396-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.arete.com
Phone: (818) 885-2224

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $10,633,203.91 121
SBIR Phase II $46,149,137.00 60
STTR Phase I $689,915.00 8
STTR Phase II $1,392,529.00 3

Award List:

Exploitation of National Capabilities for Ocean Monitoring in Support of Littoral Warfare Operations (50-94-023-LP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. John P. Dugan
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of this SBIR Phase I proposal is to establish whether existing National Capabilities can be used to fulfill a key warfighting support requirement needed for planning and executing expeditionary warfare operations: providing, to the on-scene commander, accurate, up-to-date information on… More

AUTOMATED AIRBORNE TUNA SCHOOL DETECTOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Phillip J Davis
Award Amount: $49,900.00
Abstract:
There is a need to reduce dolphin bycatch in the tuna purse seine fishery in the etp and improve the searching efficiency for tunas not associated with dolphins. arete proposes to design in phase 1 a prototype airborne passive daytime multispectral imaging system for improving the searching… More

Airborne Imaging LIDAR for Biomass Estimation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Andrew J. Griffis, Ph.D. , Section Manager
Award Amount: $49,990.00
Abstract:
There is a need for accurate and cost effective airborne techniques to estimate fish biomass in the open ocean. Arete proposes to develop in Phase I optimal detection algorithms using existing imaging LIDAR data collected with the Fisheye(R) sensor. These algorithms will be developed to allow… More

Development of an EO Wave Imaging System on the Pelican Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. John P. Dugan
Award Amount: $1,200,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of this SBIR proposal is to evaluate the suitability of the WESCAM Model 14 EO sensor, currently deployed in the Predator, for oceanographic research use in the Naval Postgraduate School's "Pelican" optionally piloted aircraft. Sensor specifications will be based on Arete's extensive… More

Development of an EO Wave Imaging System on the Pelican Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. John P. Dugan
Award Amount: $69,950.00

Hollow Optical Waveguide Sensor for Environmental Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gregory J. Fetzer , Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $74,950.00
Abstract:
50257-98-I Hollow Optical Waveguide Sensor for Environmental Monitoring--Arete Associates, 333 North Wilmot Road, Sutie 450, Tucson, AZ 85711-2631; (520) 571-8660 Dr. Gregory J. Fetzer, Principal Investigator Dr. John W. McLean, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG03-98ER82533 Amount: … More

Real-Time Obstacle Detection Using a Streak Tube Imaging LIDAR (STIL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian Redman
Award Amount: $69,995.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Gregory J Fetzer , Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $750,000.00

Stand-Off Biosensors and Air-Motion Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Egbert Tse
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available With the increasing demands being placed on military systems, there is a need for each component of the system to perform as many functions as possible. This approach can greatly increase the potential for mission success while reducing the size and weight of the system. Carbon… More

Missile Seeker 3D Imaging Ladar using a Streak Tube Imaging LIDAR (STIL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brian Redman
Award Amount: $99,995.00

Real-Time Obstacle Detection Using a Streak Tube Imaging LIDAR (STIL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian C. Redman
Award Amount: $599,995.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Flacco, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Guy J. Farruggia, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Anthony D. Gleckler, Senior Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $64,995.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian C. Redman, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Uncertainty, Stress and Decision Simulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Guy Farruggia, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
The objective for this SBIR program is to develop and demonstrateone or more integrated sensor devices that will measure,simultaneously and at the same location, temperature, electricalconductivity, and depth (via a MEMS pressure transducer). Weemploy a sensor technology that, by design, can be… More

Optical Computing with Micro-Fluidic Actuator Switch Technology (uFAST) for Parallel Processor Crossbar Switching

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David Kane, Associate Director
Award Amount: $65,000.00
Abstract:
Optics hold great potential for the implementation of interconnection networks for large-scale parallel computers. A common the goal is to have a reconfigureable crossbar network where each processor can be connected to any other processor or memorydynamically. Central to this topology is a binary… More

Streak Tube Imaging LIDAR Aimpoint Selection (STILAPS) Missile 3-D Targetting Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Kane, Associate Director
Award Amount: $99,987.00
Abstract:
The objective of this program is to create a sensor system design utilizing Micro Electro-Mechanical Machine Systems (MEMS) Beam Steering Mirror Arrays and leverage the Streak Tube Imaging LIDAR (STIL) demonstrated previously by Aret¿ . Addition of a MEMSbeam steering array to the STIL technology… More

Exploitation of National Capabilities for Ocean Monitoring in Support of Littoral Warfare Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Dugan, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00

Exploitation of National Capabilities for Ocean Monitoring in Support of Littoral Warfare Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Dugan, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $600,000.00

Visible, diode-array illuminator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: J.Zandy Williams, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of this SBIR proposal is to evaluate the feasibility of transferring technology developed by Arete Associates for a UAV surrogate payload, the Airborne Remote Optical Spotlight System (AROSS), to a system capable of being mounted on an aerialphotography airplane. AROSS is a field-tested… More

Marine Mammal Detection and Mitigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF HAWAII-WEST OAHU
Principal Investigator: Douglas DeProspo, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,998.00
RI Contact: Joseph R. Mobley Jr., PhD
Abstract:
The goal of this Phase I STTR proposal is to quantify the necessary hardware and processing requirements to enable a ship-based radar system to automatically detect and track whales on the ocean surface at distances of 5 kilometers or more for the purposeof collision avoidance. Long standoff… More

A Laser-Based Exhaled Breath Nitric Oxide Analyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Gregory J. Fetzer
Award Amount: $86,775.00
Abstract:
We propose the development of an instrument to measure the concentration of nitric oxide(NO) in exhaled breath as an asthma diagnosis tool. The analyzer uses the combination of a proprietary hollow optical waveguide measurement cell, tunable semiconductor laser, and wavelength modulation… More

A Polarimetric Imaging Streak Tube Lidar (PISTL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gregory J. Fetzer, Corporate Senior Scientis
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
"Polarimetric imaging has proved useful in providing an additional discriminator in a number of active and passive sensors. In this Phase II SBIR proposal Aret¿ Associates describes a carefully constructed development and test effort that furtherdemonstrates the capabilities of the Polarimetric… More

Radar-Based Marine Mammal Detection and Mitigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Hawaii-West Oahu
Principal Investigator: Douglas DeProspo, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $400,000.00
RI Contact: Joseph R. Mobley Jr
Abstract:
"The overall goal of this Phase II STTR proposal is to demonstrate the capability of Naval surface and aircraft-based radars to detect and track marine mammals at representative encounter geometries. There are two major components to the proposed work: 1) acomprehensive land-based demonstration and… More

Streak Tube Imaging LIDAR Aimpoint Selection (STILAPS) Missile 3-D Targeting Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Kane, Assoicate Director
Award Amount: $639,875.00
Abstract:
"The objective of this program is demonstrate a Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) Beam Steering Mirror Transmit and Receive assembly and leverage the Streak Tube Imaging LIDAR (STIL) demonstrated previously by Aret¿ . Addition of a MEMS beam steeringarray to the STIL technology will provide a… More

A Low-Cost Airborne EO Oceanographic Measurement System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: J.Zandy Williams, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
"The objective of this SBIR program is the development of an electro-optical imaging system for acquiring time-series imagery of the ocean surface suitable for scientific research, which can be mounted and flown in an aerial photography airplane. Thesystem will be designed for low-cost production,… More

High Speed Electro-Optic Sensor System for 3-D Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew J. Griffis, Corporate Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"Arete proposes to develop a compact (

Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) and Space Exploitation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Charles Forsyth, Corporate Scientist
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
"The goal of this Phase I SBIR is to define a unified Maritime ISR processor suitablefor use on the GLOBAL HAWK platform. The Phase I effort will adapt and integratealgorithms developed under a variety of Navy programs, that are suitable for usingwith an imaging EO sensor on a long-duration platform… More

The Application of MASC Technology to the Problem of Contaminant Monitoring for the Water and Wastewater Industries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Use of High Quality UAV Based Data to Correct Satellite Derived DEMs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Dugan, Arete Fellow
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"The goal of this SBIR proposal is to develop and demonstrate a technique for improving the accuracy of DEMs generated from satellite imagery by using appropriate airborne imagery. It is anticipated that the positioning and pointing capabilities of futureUAVs will provide much more accurate… More

A CATALYTIC CONFORMATIONAL PRION SENSOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Cindy S. Orser
Award Amount: $102,362.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant):The goal is to develop a sensitive diagnostic sensor for transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) that can identify the presence of the abnormal protease-resistant, PrP(SC), conformer in biological materials before they enter the human food, blood or… More

Streak Tube Imaging Lidar for Naval Autonomous Vessel Survival (STIL-NAVS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Lonnie K. Calmes, Senior System Engineer
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
The ability to map ocean waves around an unmanned surface craft and provide intelligent feedback control for survival steering in high sea states will enable the use of high speed, inexpensive, commercial watercraft to meet military requirements in thelittoral. Aret¿ Associates brings extensive… More

A Catalytic Conformational Prion Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Cindy S. Orser
Award Amount: $749,995.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The major objective of the proposed project is to develop methodology that will allow fast and efficient detection of infectious prion proteins prior to the onset of clinical symptoms. This includes the detection of infectious prions in mortal products, early… More

A Temperature Sensor Array for the Determination of Sound Velocity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Guy Farruggia, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Aret¿ Associates proposes to develop a 24-point array of temperature or temperature/conductivity sensors for use in the Tactical Acoustic Measurements and Decision Aid Environmental Sonobuoy Program (TAMDA) sonobuoy. The pre-deployed array nests in a 2

Acoustic and Electro-Optic Data Fusion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gregory J. Fetzer, Corporate Senior Scientis
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Historically acoustical sensors have performed the bulk of Mine Countermeasures for the Navy. Electro-Optic Identification (EOID) has recently proven itself as an important technology in the identification of mines. With the AN/AQS-20A adaptation programnow providing EOIDs to the fleet, the EOID… More

Anti-Terrorism - Attribution and Retaliation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Dugan, Arete Fellow
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The war against terrorism in Afghanistan has underscored the importance of using UAVs as long-dwell-capable Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance assets. Tactical UAVs having time-series imaging (i.e., video-like) capability are extremelyimportant to be able to detect partially obscured,… More

Laser-Based Exhaled Breath Nitric Oxide Analyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Gregory J. Fetzer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): In this Phase II program we propose continued development of a new nitric oxide (NO) sensor. The sensor is intended for use in assessment of airway inflammation with applications in asthma diagnosis and management as well as in other health care applications… More

Laser-Based Exhaled Breath Nitric Oxide Analyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Gregory J. Fetzer
Award Amount: $738,049.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): In this Phase II program we propose continued development of a new nitric oxide (NO) sensor. The sensor is intended for use in assessment of airway inflammation with applications in asthma diagnosis and management as well as in other health care applications… More

Advanced EO sensor for multi-mission USN/USMC UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: OREGON STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: John Dugan, Arete Fellow
Award Amount: $69,999.00
RI Contact: Robert Holman
Abstract:
The program objective is to develop and evaluate a prototype spectral polarimeter that could be used as an ISR sensor package on organic UAVs. The sensor employs advanced, visible-band technology to support littoral-zone warfare mission products, such asoceanographic characterization in VSW,… More

EO-based Maritime ISR from HALE UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Charles Forsyth, Arete Fellow
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The goal of this Phase II program is to produce a conceptual system design for passive EO and IR sensors, hosted by High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) UAVs such as GLOBAL HAWK, for the purpose of maritime ISR. An initial conceptual design would beproduced during the baseline program. Under the… More

EO-based Maritime ISR from HALE UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Charles Forsyth, Arete Fellow
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of this Phase II program is to produce a conceptual system design for passive EO and IR sensors, hosted by High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) UAVs such as GLOBAL HAWK, for the purpose of maritime ISR. An initial conceptual design would beproduced during the baseline program. Under the… More

MEMS Beam Steering (MBS) Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Module for a Small Robotic Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David M. Kane, Associate Director
Award Amount: $119,941.00
Abstract:
The objective of this program is to develop a novel Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) architecture & design approach that leverages the MEMS Beam Steering (MBS) sensor miniaturization technology currently being developed by Aret¿Associates. The MEMS Beam Steering (MBS)… More

MEMS Based CatsEye" BeamRider Countermeasure System"

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David Kane, Associate Director
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Laser BeamRiding missiles such as the Bofors RBS 70 are one of the more significant threats to airborne or sea-based Naval assets. Given the guidance system of the missile is looking towards the laser source on the launch platform, the missile isessentially jam-proof. The objective of this proposal… More

Automatic Real-time Computer Aided IDentification (ARCAID)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Asher Gelbart, Member of the Research St
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The AQS-20(A) towed minehunting system incorporates an electro-optic imaging lidar sensor that provides high fidelity 3D imagery crucial for identification of mines. While a real-time algorithm to automatically detect, classify, and identify targets fromthe image outputs of the EO system is entirely… More

Dissolved Hydrogen Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Guy Farruggia, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Aret¿ Associates proposes to develop a novel sensor using low-temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC), thick-film technology, to measure changes of dissolved hydrogen concentration in the ocean environment. We will employ a unique layout of the classicWheatstone bridge design that uses… More

Advanced EO sensor for multi-mission USN/USMC UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Oregon State University
Principal Investigator: John Dugan, Arete Fellow
Award Amount: $492,575.00
RI Contact: Rob Holman
Abstract:
A multi-channel time series imaging system is being designed, constructed and evaluated for providing unique spectral polarimetric imaging data for ONR programs that are developing advanced algorithms for littoral warfare ISR. Twelve channels of data are collected simultaneously from an aircraft in… More

MEMS Beam Steering (MBS) Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Module for a Small Robotic Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David Kane, Associate Director
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
Providing the war fighter near-real-time Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) information can be a major factor in the success of a Special Operations mission. In the case of urban warfare, accurate knowledge of dimensions for an enclosed space such as a cave, tunnel or… More

Afocal MEMS Beam Steering (AMBS) IRCM/LBRCM Demonstration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David Kane, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
This submission is based on the ONR funded Phase SBIR Phase 1 program, contract # N00014-03-M-0290 undertaken for SBIR Topic N03-111, Laser Beamrider Optical Countermeasures. An AMBS-based countermeasure system that can simultaneously address multiple IR heat-seeking missile and laser beamrider… More

Instrumentation for Monitoring Breath Biomarkers for Diagnosis of Health, Condition, Toxic Exposure, and Disease

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: National Heart lung & Blood Institu
Principal Investigator: Gregory J. Fetzer, Deputy Division Director
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Ephraim Johnson
Abstract:
Arete Associates and National Jewish Medical and Research Center propose to develop an instrument to measure the concentration of ethane in exhaled breath. The analyzer uses the combination of a proprietary hollow optical waveguide measurement cell, tunable semiconductor laser, and wavelength… More

Non-Fouling Oceanographic Temperature and Conductivity Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Guy J. Farruggia, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
Arete will develop a non-fouling, robust, monolithic, sensor package that will yield accurate salinity calculations from temperature and conductivity measurements. The sensor comprises a unique conductivity cell, a thick-film thermistor, and an embedded ultrasonic cleaning device used to remove all… More

Near Infrared Streak Tube Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Gregory Fetzer, Deputy Division Director
Award Amount: $120,000.00
Abstract:
The Streak Tube Imaging LIDAR (STIL) combines streak tube and CCD imaging technology to yield high-resolution 3D imaging systems. The technology was developed primarily for ocean imaging and the operational wavelength is around the blue green portion of the visible spectrum. However, laser eye… More

Near Infrared Streak Tube Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Gregory Fetzer, Deputy Division Director
Award Amount: $725,655.00
Abstract:
The Streak Tube Imaging LIDAR (STIL) combines streak tube and CCD imaging technology to yield high-resolution 3D imaging systems. The technology was developed primarily for ocean imaging and the operational wavelength is around the blue green portion of the visible spectrum. However, laser eye… More

Near infrared streak tube imaging lidar receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Gregory Fetzer, Deputy Division Director
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The Streak Tube Imaging LIDAR (STIL) combines streak tube and CCD imaging technology to yield high-resolution 3D imaging systems. The technology was developed primarily for ocean imaging and the operational wavelength is blue green. However, STIL and STIL derivatives have been demonstrated to be a… More

Passive multi-view, multi-channel detection of highly obscured targets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NGA
Principal Investigator: Douglas F. DeProspo, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,981.00
Abstract:
The goal of this Phase I SBIR is to define a set of algorithms that will detect and characterize static man-made objects highly obscured by foliage within multi-view, multi-channel optical data collected passively from UAVs or other aerial platforms. The proposed algorithm stream will be constructed… More

Enhanced digital imaging for improved vascular access

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Gregory J. Fetzer
Award Amount: $95,929.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Phase I Arete Associates and Infrared Imaging Systems Inc. propose an innovative technology development that will safely and efficiently improve vascular access for cannulation by providing real-time high resolution enhanced imagery of the vascular… More

Streak Tube Imaging Lidar for Naval Autonomous Vessel Survival (STIL-NAVS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Lonnie Calmes, Senior Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $747,982.00
Abstract:
STIL-NAVS will use STIL (streak-tube imaging lidar) technology to produce accurate ocean wave field maps. In Phase II, Aret¿ Associates will adapt an existing Aret¿ breadboard sensor. STIL-NAVS is planned to image waves sampled at 36Hz and at a lateral distance of 50m to 150m from a mast height of… More

Acoustic and Electro-Optic Data Fusion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gregory J. Fetzer, Deputy Division Director
Award Amount: $599,963.00
Abstract:
The goal of this SBIR Program is to enhance the AQS-20A computer-aided classification and identification performance by constructively exploiting acoustic and EO sensor measurements. Benefits from this program will accrue to underwater mine countermeasures due to improved probability of mine… More

A Temperature Sensor Array for the Determination of Sound Velocity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Guy J. Farruggia, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $599,727.00
Abstract:
The XSVA is a 24-element vertical array of temperature and conductivity sensors, integrated into a standard sonobuoy, providing continuous estimates of sound velocity over a 72-hour measurement period. In Phase I, Aret¿ Associates demonstrated the key elements of the XSVA array concept. We built… More

Automatic Real-time Computer Aided IDentification (ARCAID)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Asher Gelbart, Member of the Research St
Award Amount: $599,987.00
Abstract:
Aret¿ has developed a CAD / CAC / CAI algorithm for 3D range data collected by the AQS-20A EOID sensor. The algorithm, called Automatic Real-time Computer-Aided IDentification (ARCAID) performs detection, MLO/NMLO classification, shape classification, Mine/Non-Mine/Unknown identification (ID) and… More

Dissolved Hydrogen Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Guy J. Farruggia, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $606,442.00
Abstract:
Aret¿ Associates proposes to develop a novel sensor using thick-film technology to measure variations in the concentration of dissolved hydrogen in the ocean environment. We will employ a unique layout of the classic Wheatstone bridge design that uses screened-palladium metal resistors as the… More

Passive multi-view, multi-channel detection of highly obscured targets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NGA
Principal Investigator: Douglas DeProspo, Corporate Senior Scientis
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
Under our Phase I SBIR effort, and also under a complementary Arete Associates IR&D-funded airborne program, Aret¿ successfully defined and performed preliminary airborne, long-standoff, demonstration of critical elements of novel, passive, multi-view, multi-channel algorithms for performing FOPEN… More

Enhanced digital imaging for improved vascular access

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Gregory J. Fetzer
Award Amount: $1,370,399.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Phase I Arete Associates and Infrared Imaging Systems Inc. propose an innovative technology development that will safely and efficiently improve vascular access for cannulation by providing real-time high resolution enhanced imagery of the vascular structure… More

Construct a Comprehensive Model of Radar Scattering from the Ocean Surface

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF WASHINGTON
Principal Investigator: Clayton R. Chinn, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: William J. Plant
Abstract:
Current models do not include realistic representations of sea spike generators, such as breaking or near-breaking waves. This STTR proposal will address this short-coming by developing realistic physical models of sea spike generation and incorporating these models into existing state-of-the-art… More

Compact, Short-Pulse, SWIR Laser (1.5 micron) for Two- and Three-Dimensional Flash Imaging Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James T. Murray, Corporate Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
A key near-term objective of the Mission Equipment Packages (MEP) for Class II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program is to develop ultra-compact eyesafe 3D ladar and active 2D sensors for deployment on organic unmanned aerial vehicles. This will enable beyond-line-of-sight reconnaissance,… More

FLUOR-Scope

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Asher Gelbart, Member of the Research Staff
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Remote detection of shoulder-fired rocket residues (SFRR) on enemy combatants is needed to discriminate enemy combatants from civilians in urban warfare environments. Arete Associates' FLUOR-Scope sensor concept utilizes thermal imaging and laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy for identification… More

Expendable Oceanographic Sensing System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: PENN STATE ARL
Principal Investigator: Guy J. Farruggia, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,997.00
RI Contact: William Moyer
Abstract:
Aret¿ Associates and the Applied Research Laboratory of the Pennsylvania State University (ARL) are collaborating to develop a sensor/communications capability to aid the Navy gain much needed oceanographic data in denied areas. The plan is to design and demonstrate an expendable, in-situ sensor… More

High Bandwidth Solid State Focal Plane Array Readout for Laser Radar System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gregory J. Fetzer, Deputy Division Director
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
High-resolution LADAR imaging provides three-dimensional images that have distinct advantages in comparison to conventional two-dimensional imaging. Advantages provided by the range information are the ability to remove clutter, to discriminate decoys from targets, and to provide an additional… More

Waterborne Transport Modeling Capability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator: Tse, Dept. Mgr./Corp. Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a computational model and associated software library to calculate the transport and dispersion (T&D) of hazardous materials into and through the water. The model is developed for incorporation into HPAC and will compliment its existing atmospheric T&D model for CBRN (including… More

Near infrared streak tube imaging lidar receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Gregory Fetzer, Deputy Division DIrector
Award Amount: $729,911.00
Abstract:
Arete proposes to develop a wavelength converter to extend the STIL operating range into the near infrared. The converter exploits high quantum efficiency detectors, VLSI electronics and Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers. In Phase I multiple channel WC devices were produced and used to… More

Compact, Short-Pulse, SWIR Laser (1.5 micron) for Two- and Three-Dimensional Flash Imaging Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James Murray, Corporate Senior Scientis
Award Amount: $728,772.00
Abstract:
A key near-term objective of the Mission Equipment Packages (MEP) for Class II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program is to develop ultra-compact eyesafe 3D ladar and active 2D sensors for deployment on organic unmanned aerial vehicles. This will enable beyond-line-of-sight reconnaissance,… More

High Bandwidth Solid State Focal Plane Array Readout for Laser Radar System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gregory J. Fetzer, Deputy Division Director
Award Amount: $749,982.00
Abstract:
High-resolution lidar imaging provides fully three-dimensional (3D) images that have distinct advantages in comparison to two-dimensional images. Some of the advantages provided by the additional range information are the ability to reject clutter, to accurately discriminate decoys from targets,… More

Expendable Electro-Optic Infrared Camera System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Reilly, Director of Corporate IT
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Due to the limited number of P-3 aircraft, the most economical and expeditious way to enhance operations and ensure crew safety is to incorporate a low-cost expendable Sonochute Launched Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) or (SL-UAS). Due to size, power, and weight limitations it is unrealistic to apply… More

Battlefield Enviornment Laser Radar Modeling Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Engel, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Due to advances in technology and decreasing costs, LADAR systems are becoming a more common tactical element of Future Combat Systems. This presents a need for developing approaches and processes that optimally exploit the use of LADAR sensors in the battlefield environment. Models and… More

Eyesafe Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) Laser for Laser Ranging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James Murray, Corporate Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Within the past decade, ballistic missiles have emerged as major threats to American and friendly armed forces. As of early 1998, at least 30 nations were known to have more than 10,000 ballistic missiles in their arsenals and the threat is growing daily. Several of these countries are also known to… More

Micro-Camera for oceanographic properties and shallow water hydrography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Dugan, Arete Fellow
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
Under this Phase I proposal Areté proposes to research the feasibility of developing a small, light-weight, low power imaging system for use on a small TUAV for supporting environmental parameter retrieval algorithms in littoral missions. This research will include a detailed requirements analysis… More

Development of a Multi-spectral and Polarimetric Technique for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Zandy Williams, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $79,998.00
Abstract:
Passive electro-optical (EO) imaging of submerged submarines has been the subject of research for almost three decades. Previous efforts, which have focused on the use of passive, multi-spectral imaging methods to detect, classify, and localize submerged submarines, have been hampered by scene… More

Automated EO/IR Detection Techniques For Floating Objects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul Carter, Corporate Senior Scientis
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
DDG 1000's Integrated Undersea Warfare system will employ high frequency sonar for floating MLO detection. This sensor responds to a variety of noise sources at the air-sea interface and typically cannot distinguish between different classes of floating objects. However, by cueing an EO/IR sensor… More

Sea Surface Slope and Elevation Statistics To Support Radar Performance Modeling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Clayton R. Chinn, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $149,992.00
Abstract:
Light reflected from the ocean surface is highly polarized, where the state of the polarization is dependent on the orientation of the ocean surface. By measuring the Stokes vector of the reflected light Areté Associates proposes to retrieve both the cross-look and the look components of the… More

Innovative Fuze Technology Research

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey T. Daiker, Staff Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Areté Associates proposes to demonstrate a low-cost, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) electro-optical (EO) navigation sensor as a Target Detection Device (TDD) solution which offers several advantages over the RF sensors used in air-delivered munitions fuzes. Prototype sensor development and… More

Optimization of ABLs Long-Range LADAR Sensor Under Objective Aero-optical Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James Murray, Corporate Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
To counter emerging threats of theater ballistic missiles the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has sponsored the development of the Airborne Laser (ABL) system. For the ABL system to defeat multiple targets over the theater of operation it must be capable of accurately tracking multiple targets… More

An Expendable, Multi-Spectral, Surfzone, Optical Measurements System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Guy J. Farruggia, Corporate Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Arete Associates' is proposing to develop a hyper-spectral, IOP sensor system that can be deployed by a variety of means in the surfzones of forward areas. It will measure, record and report IOPs that are vital to naval MCM operations. The sensor system will be inexpensive enough to be expendable,… More

Magnetic Noise Mitigation on an Agile UAV

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul Carter, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,995.00
Abstract:
The next generation of ultra-small magnetic sensors will be deployed on small UAVs for a variety of military and commercial applications. The algorithms resulting from this SBIR will allow these new sensors to perform near their sensor noise level. While the U.S. Navy will accrue obvious benefits… More

Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Flacco, Corporate Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $79,996.00
Abstract:
As adversarial submarines become quieter and operate in increasingly adverse acoustic environments, the U.S. needs effective non-acoustic detection capability deployed from maritime patrol aircraft. Air-dropped buoys exploiting submarine ELF emmissions offer unique advantages over MAD and other… More

Advanced Space Radar Algorithm Suite for Detection, Tracking, and Characterization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Douglas Twisselmann, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
For the Space Radar system, the ability to detect, track, and characterize targets of interest, whether stationary or moving, is of critical importance. Operational performance and functionality in open ocean, littoral, and ground environments can be significantly enhanced in these areas by… More

A High Speed Magnetic Array for In-Road Detection of Improvised Explosive Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Paul Carter, Corporate Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,991.00
Abstract:
An attractive approach for IED detection is to deploy inconspicuous, unmanned vehicles traveling at normal highway speed that can detect, discriminate, and localize IEDs and transmit data to a remote operator. Arete Associates and Applied Research Associates propose to combine their proven hardware,… More

Atmospheric Noise Cancellation for Low Frequency (LF) and Very Low Frequency (VLF)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Flacco, Corporate Senior Scientis
Award Amount: $79,998.00
Abstract:
Arete Associates proposes improving VLF channel capacity, bit error rate, and range of operations for submarines and supporting aircraft. By implementing adaptive cancellation of atmospheric noise, the SNR of the received signal will be enhanced as much as 6dB at the VLF receiver. The noise… More

Littoral Environment Visualization Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Andrew Harey, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $69,982.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy would benefit greatly from a tool that could produce realistic scenes of the littoral environment based upon standard meteorological and oceanographic inputs in near real time; simulate a wide range of sensors aboard platforms above, below, or on the ocean surface; and allow the user… More

Adaptive Multiwaveform Laser Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Murray, Corporate Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Rapid and reliable identification or discrimination of friendly and hostile targets at beyond visual ranges remains a major technical challenge that may be best served by advances in ladar technology. Next-generation intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) ladar systems will tackle the… More

Airborne Radar-based Detection and Characterization of Marine Mammals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Douglas DeProspo, Corporate Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $149,993.00
Abstract:
Arete will define the algorithmic, sensor, and platform requirements needed to perform airborne radar-based detection, tracking, and characterization of marine mammals in ocean or littoral battle spaces during Naval anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training and testing activities. Achieving performance… More

Agent-Based Intelligent Parallelization for Multi-Core Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: John Engel, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $98,998.00
Abstract:
Processor manufacturers are no longer able to rely on near Moore's Law like increases in straight line instruction throughput and clock frequency to provide users with the performance increases that they have become accustomed to. Instead, hardware developers have begun to take a different approach… More

Detection of Human Targets in Open Water

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Ryan Ries, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Current airborne search techniques rely on an operator to look out a window with binoculars or at a video monitor connected to a turreted camera system. Disparities in crew training, experience, qualification, and attentiveness (as well as fatigue) lead to an undesirable variability in manual EO/IR… More

Long-Range Eyesafe Ladar Rangefinder for the Airborne Laser's Active Ranging System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James T. Murray, Corporate Senior Scientis
Award Amount: $749,965.00
Abstract:
To counter emerging threats of theater ballistic missiles the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has sponsored the development of the Airborne Laser Weapons System (ABLWS). For the ABLWS to defeat multiple targets over the theater of operation it must be capable of accurately tracking multiple targets… More

Sea Surface Slope and Elevation Statistics To Support Radar Performance Modeling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Clayton R. Chinn, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $780,360.00
Abstract:
Passive polarimetry will be used in an innovative fashion to extract the ocean surface slopes. The Phase II program will consist of the construction of a state-of-the art imaging polarimetry sensor system, the further development and refinement of the algorithms for extracting the slope values from… More

Development of a Multi-spectral and Polarimetric Technique for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Phil Davis, Corporate Senior Scientis
Award Amount: $741,940.00
Abstract:
Passive electro-optical (EO) imaging of submerged submarines has been the subject of research for almost three decades. Previous efforts, which have focused on the use of passive, multi-spectral imaging (MSI) methods to detect, classify, and localize submerged submarines, have been hampered by… More

Laser Activated Device Countermeasure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Christopher Hornberg, Controlls Engineer
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
Detection and countermeasure of Laser Activated Devices (LADS) in today's battlefield is of great importance. Current optics detection technology can be extended to the LADS detection mission, but often suffer from several operational challenges. Arete Associates approach can provide rapid optics… More

Flight Control Technology for Tightly Controlled Hard Target Impact

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Dennison, Director, Arete Sonoma
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
This project develops an innovative, enabling technology for precision attitude control of guided munitions. An imaging sensor system is used to precisely measure airframe attitude relative to the velocity vector, eliminating the time dependent heading angle inaccuracies common to all GPS/INS based… More

Frequency-Stable Optically Pumped Semiconductor Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Ryan Epstein
Award Amount: $89,888.00
Abstract:
Technology research and development in such areas as next-generation atomic clocks, quantum information processing with trapped ions, and atomic spectroscopy is impeded by the lack of commercially available laser sources that meet the required specifications of wavelength tuning range, output power,… More

System for Multi-Ship Brown-Out Helicopter Landings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joseph Triscari, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $79,956.00
Abstract:
Arete Associates (Arete) proposes to develop advanced algorithms for landing area characterization from LADAR data for the purpose of assisting helicopter landing during brownout. Our algorithms will discriminate ground from non-ground objects; remove outlier data; identify flat… More

Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) Algorithm for Submarine Periscope Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Flacco, Program Manager
Award Amount: $69,992.00
Abstract:
Arete proposes to create the software application PERICLES (PERIscope CLassification of Ships) capable of automatically recognizing and classifying marine targets viewed in submarine imaging systems.

Non-Mechanical LADAR for Improving The Helicopter Pilot's Situational Awareness in Reduced Visual Cue Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Murray, Corporate Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $79,995.00
Abstract:
One of the major technical challenges of modern military and commercial rotary wing aviation is effective instrument aided navigation in brownout or whiteout conditions that can occur during landing or maneuvering in sandy, dusty, snowy or marine environments. Helicopter prop-wash churns up dense… More

Geomagnetic Reference Sensor System (GRSS) for Air Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Derderian, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,833.00
Abstract:
A principal limiter of airborne MAD systems is geomagnetic noise. The long coherence length of geomagnetic noise recommends the use of correlation processing against a reference sensor outside the search area for noise mitigation, and an air-deployed buoy-mounted geomagnetic reference sensor system… More

Counter-Sniper High-Speed Autonomous Optical System (CHAOS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Andrew Paul, Advanced Programs Leader
Award Amount: $69,982.00
Abstract:
The problem of sniper detection and neutralization proves to be one of the more significant issues facing the troops presently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan today. This unfortunate reality has spurred both industry and the DoD to press for immediate and effective solutions to the detection and… More

Bio-Inspired Battlefield Environmental Situation Awareness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brad Walls, Seniro Scientist
Award Amount: $69,966.00
Abstract:
In recent years the number, capabilities, and types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has grown dramatically, resulting in an increase in the variety and complexity of mission scenarios for these vehicles. The successful proliferation of UAV assets into missions, such as convoy protection,… More

Optimal Detection of Buried Improvised Explosive Devices (IED's) in Clutter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Andrew N. Hock, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
There is a demonstrated need for improved detection of improvised explosive devices in the modern battlefield. Thermal detection of disturbed soils associated with IED burial offers a robust signature, but the signature strength in the presence of natural clutter (including effects due to… More

Improved Field of Regard for Strap Down Semi Active Laser Seekers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Dennison, Director, Arete Sonoma
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
Missile systems such as Hellfire provide outstanding lethality, but use traditional gimbaled seeker heads that are too expensive and heavy to meet increasing missile loadout requirements. The reduced weight and lower cost of Strapdown Semi-Active Laser seekers enable missile loadouts that provide… More

Self Aware Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: John Engel, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $98,994.00
Abstract:
Predetermined, hard-wired processing architectures with static resource allocation and task distributions suffer from single points of failure, inefficient performance or failure in dynamic situations and have little to no run-time decision making ability concerning task redistribution and… More

Adaptive Multiwaveform Laser Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Murray, Corporate Senior Scientis
Award Amount: $749,979.00
Abstract:
Rapid and reliable identification or discrimination of friendly and hostile targets at beyond visual ranges remains a major technical challenge that may be best served by advances in ladar technology. Next-generation intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) ladar systems will tackle the… More

Battlefield Enviornment Laser Radar Modeling Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John R. Engel, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $729,994.00
Abstract:
Arete Associates has created a software architecture to develop a flexible, user-friendly modeling and simulation tool providing a capability for performance evaluation of direct detection LADAR systems operating in a battlefield environment. The Phase I model requirements analysis, software design… More

Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Flacco, Project Manager
Award Amount: $749,973.00
Abstract:
As adversarial submarines become quieter and operate in increasingly adverse acoustic environments, the U.S. needs effective non-acoustic detection capability deployed from maritime patrol aircraft. Air-dropped buoys exploiting submarine ELF emmissions offer unique advantages over MAD and other… More

Micro-Camera for oceanographic properties and shallow water hydrography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Dugan, Corporate Fellow
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
Littoral METOC products are required for planning efficient and safe expeditionary warfare operations in the littorals. Present Navy programs are addressing long- and medium-term solutions for acquiring these products, but these solutions require modest-size or larger theater or national systems to… More

An Expendable, Multi-Spectral, Surfzone, Optical Measurements System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Guy J. Farruggia, Corporate Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $599,991.00
Abstract:
Arete Associates' is proposing to develop a hyper-spectral, IOP sensor system that can be deployed by a variety of means in the surfzones of forward areas. It will measure, record and report IOPs that are vital to naval MCM operations. The sensor system will be inexpensive enough to be expendable,… More

Magnetic Noise Mitigation on an Agile UAV

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Carter, Corporate Senior Scientis
Award Amount: $748,099.00
Abstract:
In Phase II of this SBIR program, Arete Associates proposes to demonstrate the Inboard Magnetic Quieting System (IMaQS) and develop the Electric Magnetic Matched Field Tracker (EMMFT) as two complementary aspects of a next-generation magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) system that will enable… More

Shipping Channel Monitoring Through Remote Sensing and Analysis of Ship Generated Kelvin Waves

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: J. Zandy Williams, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $95,000.00
Abstract:
Monitoring bathymetry changes in shipping channels of rivers and estuaries is vital to the US economy. The standard method of sonar depth sounding from survey ships, though accurate, is slow to perform. Thus, we propose a new and innovative approach for rapid assessment of shipping channel… More

SBIR Phase I: Affordable Optically Pumped Semiconductor Lasers for Polychromatic Guide Star Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: James T. Murray, PhD
Award Amount: $99,972.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a novel, compact, low cost, semiconductor transmitter to serve as a guide star source. The same technology will be extended in a very straightforward fashion to produce a polychromatic guide star (PGS) source. This program… More

Frequency Stable Optically Pumped Semiconductor Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $299,931.00
Abstract:
Technology research and development in such areas as next-generation atomic clocks, quantum information processing with trapped ions, and atomic spectroscopy is impeded by the lack of commercially available laser sources that meet the required specifications of wavelength tuning range, output power,… More

Bio-Inspired Battlefield Environmental Situation Awareness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Bradley Walls, Program Manager
Award Amount: $729,916.00
Abstract:
In recent years the number, capabilities, and types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has grown dramatically, resulting in an increase in the variety and complexity of mission scenarios for these vehicles. The successful proliferation of UAV assets into missions, such as convoy protection,… More

Terminal Accuracy Guidance Seeker Imaging Technology (TAGSIT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Dennison, Staff Engineer
Award Amount: $745,810.00
Abstract:
The proliferation of unmanned surveillance & reconnaissance aircraft is reaching our enemies. In order to accomplish covert missions, our Special Operations Forces must avoid being observed by this expanding enemy capability. The ability to organically eliminate the threat of an enemy UAV would… More

High Efficiency Athermalized Gain Module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James T. Murray, Corporate Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,980.00
Abstract:
Range-Resolved Doppler Imaging (RRDI) ladar has been singled out as the most promising advanced discrimination technology to augment existing advanced seekers on board MDA missile interceptors. Efforts are underway to develop compact RRDI ladar seekers to test against objective decoys and targets.… More

Advanced LADAR Modeling, Generalized Ladar Analysis Model (GLAM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James T. Murray, Corporate Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
To counter emerging threats of theater ballistic missiles the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has sponsored the development of the Airborne Laser (ABL) system that will locate and track missiles in the boost phase of their flight, then accurately point and fire a high-energy laser, destroying enemy… More

Electromagnetic Scattering Effects of Sea on the Radar Cross Section (RCS) of Small Boats in Littoral and Deep Ocean Environments.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Clayton Chinn, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $79,997.00
Abstract:
Arete will use a physically realistic sophisticated non-linear simulation of wind-generated gravity and capillary waves called the Irrotational Green Water Model and/or the "Convergent Stokes Waves" Model to meet the objectives of this SBIR solicitation. The realistic ocean surface simulation will… More

Coherent Change Detection for Predictive Battlespace Awareness: Ground Moving Target Identification (GMTI) Forensics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Scott Dobson, Member of the Research Staff
Award Amount: $99,349.00
Abstract:
As US military mission change on the modern battlefield, so must the techniques and algorithms providing battlespace awareness. Asymmetric threats such as civilian vehicles operating in urban environments are increasingly becoming important. Current GMTI systems have difficulty in generating and… More

Enhancement of Littoral Zone Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) through Multi-Spectral and Infrared (IR) Image Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: J. Williams, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $79,923.00
Abstract:
Techniques to retrieve militarily relevant parameters of the nearshore region using panchromatic or single-channel electro-optical (EO) data have been demonstrated. However, airborne sensors are being developed and fielded that collect multi-spectral data and the present-day methods do not take… More

Stabilized Laser Beam Pointing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey T. Daiker, Optical Engineer
Award Amount: $69,939.00
Abstract:
Aret, Associates is proud to offer a unique approach to address the stabilized laser designator in a compact robust package that will provide the light weight, high performance absent in existing approaches. Aret, Associates' SCan-mirror Inertial Laser Stabilizer (SCILS) system being proposed here… More

Modeling of High-Average-Power Solid State Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James T. Murray, Corporate Senior Scientis
Award Amount: $99,930.00
Abstract:
Directed energy (DE) is widely viewed as a transformational game changer technology in military operations. Applications in space control, force protection, counter rockets, artillery and mortars (CRAM), and defense against man portable air defense systems (MANPADS) are of particular interest due to… More

Georegistration of Imagery with Target Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Campion, Corporate Senior Staff
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
Dynamic Scene Analysis - a real time implementation of an image registration, target detection, tracking, and geo-location software product. Registration is based upon Mutual Information, a more efficient and robust technique than traditional feature-based methods. Reference imagery and live imagery… More

Flight Control Technology for Tightly Controlled Hard Target Impact

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Dennison, Director, ISR & Control S
Award Amount: $746,287.00
Abstract:
This project develops an innovative, enabling technology for precision attitude control of Penetrating Munitions. An imaging sensor system is used to precisely measure airframe attitude relative to the velocity vector. The measurement is used by the autopilot to accurately align the airframe with… More

Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) Algorithm for Submarine Periscope Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Flacco, Corporate Senior Scientis – (818) 885-2265
Award Amount: $1,267,015.00
Abstract:
Arete Associates proposes to create the software application PERICLES (PERIscope CLassification of Ships) to automatically recognize and classify marine targets viewed in a submarine imaging system.

AROSS / TLS Integration into Counter Minefield Post Mission Anaysis Stations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Hamrick, Senior Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $3,408,018.00
Abstract:
The Objective of the Phase 1 AROSS program was to develop a system concept that could provide coastal zone wave spectra measurements and promote scientific advances in littoral oceanography. Coastal wave spectra measurements were based on space/time imaging for algorithm development. The resulting… More

Creation of a Global UV-VIS-IR Ocean Background Model That is a Function of Time, Location and Sea State

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Robert Contreras, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
Aret, Associates will develop an "ocean terrain" model for use with standard Missile Defense Agency (MDA) radiation code to create high fidelity simulations over the ocean. Specifically, Aret, will apply its Synthetic Ocean Scene Generator (SOSG) to create ocean surface radiance fields in the… More

Wide Area Unresolved Target Detection and Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Scott Dobson, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Evolving threats of modern warfare have placed new demands on the development and delivery of robust intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions. As such, recent development has focused on sensor systems that provide wide field of view persistent surveillance (WFVPS) technologies.… More

Micro Seeker Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bradley Walls, Sr. Scientist
Award Amount: $99,936.00
Abstract:
Micro-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) are among the newest class of UAVs that have been added for deployment at the squadron level, these systems typically have a less than one pound payload and are remotely controlled through a joystick, a hobbyist style RC controller, or simple computer interface.… More

Fast Two-Axis Beam Scanner for Multi-Function Laser Radar LADAR) for Rotorcraft Brownout and Cable Warning/Obstacle Avoidance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Murray, Senior Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,951.00
Abstract:
Brownout conditions have been blamed on the loss of more than 20 helicopters and 50 lives since 2001." There is a compelling need to develop and field a DUSt PENetrating (DUSPEN) LADAR sensor and generate 3D terrain and obstacle maps of the landing zone in near real-time to provide active and… More

Coded Pixel LADAR: A Novel Approach to Low SWaP, Non-Mechanical micro-LADAR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph Triscari, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
Arete proposes to develop an innovative approach to micro-LADAR that requires low SWaP and is completely non-mechanical. Arete will use coded illumination in an entirely novel way to create a system that is suitable for both reconnaissance and sense-and-avoid on small UAVs. Arete will be bring its… More

Exploiting Multipath for Efficient Target Classification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Andrew Harey, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of the Phase I effort is to design and demonstrate the feasibility of an approach to exploit the multipath scattering from a target in a complex scattering environment for RCS classification, and to assess the requirements and limitations of the algorithm. Isolation of the… More

Detection and Discrimination of Large-Scale Subsurface Generated Ocean Perturbations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Clayton Chinn, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
The framework for a nonlinear physically realistic simulation of internal waves and interactions will be developed to better comprehend large-scale sea surface features. This framework will provide the basis to develop and construct dynamic simulations of internal waves using realistic, continuous… More

Modeling of High-Average-Power Solid State Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Joseph Triscari, Senior Scientist – (520) 770-6028
Award Amount: $749,642.00
Abstract:
The creation of a comprehensive laser design tool, usable by a broad customer base is long overdue. At present lasers are used as elements of numerous applications. With a large array of goals and design constraints competing for attention, an engineer needs help executing a specific laser design. … More

Georegistration of Imagery with Target Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Dwork, Principal Investigator – (818) 885-2200
Award Amount: $749,918.00
Abstract:
Dynamic Scene Analysis - a real time image registration, moving target detection, tracking, and geo-location software product. Registration is based upon Mutual Information, a more efficient and robust technique than traditional feature-based methods. Reference imagery and live imagery are utilized… More

Fast, High Resolution 3-D Flash LIDAR Imager

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gregory Fetzer, Director
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
High-resolution lidar imaging provides fully three-dimensional images that have distinct advantages in comparison to two-dimensional images for target detection and identification. Advantages provided by the additional range information improvements in clutter removal improving detection, to lower… More

Optical Waveform Correlator for Closed Loop Infrared Countermeasures (CLIRCM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Andrew E. Paul, Advanced Programs Manager
Award Amount: $69,993.00
Abstract:
Current infrared counter measure (IRCM) system for rotary wing platforms require cues from the missile warning system (MWS) that detects the launch of a surface to air missile. The current state-of-the-art MWS have been challenged with false alarm issues and handoff errors that stress the… More

High Efficiency Athermalized Gain Module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James T. Murray, Senior Principal Scientis
Award Amount: $1,249,978.00
Abstract:
Range-Resolved Doppler Imaging (RRDI) ladar has been singled out as the most promising advanced discrimination technology to augment existing advanced seekers on board MDA missile interceptors. Efforts are underway to develop compact RRDI ladar seekers to test against objective decoys and targets.… More

Expendable Electro-Optic Infrared Camera System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Reilly, Deputy Division Director
Award Amount: $445,990.00
Abstract:
The Forward Observer Laser Designator Unmanned Aerial System (FOLD-UAS) concept has been developed as the airborne component of the Precision Urban Mortar Attack (PUMA) program. The PUMA program has targeted the tier II STUAS as the unmanned aerial vehicle of choice for this program. A successful… More

Ocean Characterization Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Charles Forsyth, Arete Fellow
Award Amount: $749,979.00
Abstract:
The Navy has invested considerable resources in research and development of state-of-the-art characterizations of the ocean response to ambient and perturbed surface and subsurface structures and related techniques to discriminate natural and anthropogenic, motion-induced perturbations. This… More

Image Fusion for Submarine Imaging Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Flacco, Corporate Senior Scientis
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
Aret, Associates proposes development of an automatic image fusion capability that provides superior scene content than any of its spectral components with less operator workload. To do so we will focus on overcoming the challenges of registration (spatial and temporal) and noise in the fused… More

Optical Aperture Gating for Single-pixel and Imaging LIDAR Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Murray, Senior Prinicipal Scienti
Award Amount: $149,972.00
Abstract:
One of the key limitations in optical band underwater imaging and communications systems is the excessive attenuation and scattering light experiences in traversing the intervening media. Strong attenuation fuels the demand for high transmitter energy and high sensitivity (photon counting)… More

Sea Water Attenuation Remote Measurement by LIDAR (SWARM-L)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Lonnie Calmes, Engineering Manager
Award Amount: $69,973.00
Abstract:
Aret, Associates proposes to design a prototype Sea Water Attenuation Remote Measurement by LIDAR (SWARM-L) system for measuring the optical attenuation coefficient, Kd, of sea-water based on our extensive experience of designing and fielding blue-green LIDAR systems. Core design components of… More

Light Weight Coastal Topographic/ Bathymetric Charting System for Naval Unmanned Airborne Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John McLean, Chief Technology Officer
Award Amount: $69,974.00
Abstract:
Advances in laser, receiver, processing, and navigation technologies enable development of a compact, lightweight lidar system that is compatible with small UAVs. By leveraging the best of these technologies, Arete Associates has designed a Pushbroom Imaging Lidar for Littoral Surveillance (PILLS)… More

Investigation of the Debye Effect for Submarine Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jon Williams, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $79,995.00
Abstract:
The Debye effect---electric and magnetic fields from the acceleration of seawater particles---is an unexplored submarine detection method that should be investigated for feasibility. It offers several potential advantages over other non-acoustic detection methods. The work proposed here will… More

SBIR Phase II: Affordable Optically Pumped Semiconductor Lasers for Polychromatic Guide Star Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Greg Fetzer
Award Amount: $499,988.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project conducts research and development of a unique laser technology that simultaneously provides a compact and low-cost alternative to laser guide star and polychromatic laser guide star sources. Guide star lasers are used in ground based… More

Image Feature Extraction for Improved EW Classification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: ARL at PSU
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Flacco, Corporate Senior Scientis – (818) 885-2265
Award Amount: $79,998.00
RI Contact: Richard Tutweiller
Abstract:
The proliferation of inexpensive radar and communication devices has complicated the target identification problem for modern submarine EW systems. Arete Associates and ARL Penn State propose real-time software called Submarine Multi-Sensor Automatic Target Recognition (SMS-ATR). The approach… More

Miniature Electromagnetically Controlled Assembler Robot Swarm: MECA-BOTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Principal Investigator: Steven Floyd, Staff Engineer – (703) 413-0290
Award Amount: $149,930.00
RI Contact: Metin Sitti
Abstract:
Arete Associates, in collaboration with the NanoRobotics Laboratory of Carnegie Mellon University, plans to design and demonstrate a desktop-sized assembly system utilizing a coordinated team of micro-robots. Called MECA-BOTS (Miniature Electromagnetically Controlled Assembler Robot Swarm), this… More

Solid state deep UV laser for Raman detection of CB agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James T. Murray, Senior Principal Scientist – (303) 651-6756
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Raman spectroscopy is a highly effective non-contact laser remote sensing method for detecting and identifying chemicals in every-day field environments. Raman spectroscopy is particularly suited for detecting trace surface contaminants that may indicate the presence of explosives, harmful chemical… More

Active Sensor Technologies for Interceptor Seekers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James T. Murray, Senior Principal Scientist – (303) 651-6756
Award Amount: $99,953.00
Abstract:
Advances in compact lasers operating at 1 to 5 microns that require minimal or no cooling during fly-out timelines are required to support future MDA missions. Packaging concepts that enable integration of the transmitter into spaces in and around existing passive detectors and optical elements are… More

Dismount Detection, Tracking and Classification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Andrew Hock, Manager – (818) 885-2200
Award Amount: $99,318.00
Abstract:
In this proposal, Arete Associates describes a novel approach to dismount detection, tracking and classification in ground-based infrared image sequences. The proposed approach leverages state-of-the-art hierarchical machine learning algorithms (HMLA) for autonomous target detection and activity… More

Wide Area Unresolved Target Detection and Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Scott Dobson, Staff Scientist – (818) 885-2251
Award Amount: $745,624.00
Abstract:
The evolving threats of modern warfare have placed new demands on the development and delivery of robust intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions. Arete proposes an operational solution to the challenging problem of automatically detecting and tracking low-contrast dismounted… More

Render Simulated Sea Surface Coupled to Induced Hydrodynamic Signatures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Clayton Chinn, Senior Scientist – (703) 413-0290
Award Amount: $756,803.00
Abstract:
Hydrodynamic effects induced by moving watercraft are modeled within a nonlinear ocean surface simulation.

Optical Aperture Gating for Single-pixel and Imaging LIDAR Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ryan Epstein, Staff Scientist – (303) 651-6756
Award Amount: $749,943.00
Abstract:
One of the key limitations in optical band underwater imaging and communications systems is the excessive attenuation and scattering light experiences in traversing the intervening media. Strong attenuation fuels the demand for high transmitter energy and high sensitivity (photon counting)… More

Image Fusion for Submarine Imaging Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Eric Cheng, Staff Scientist – (818) 885-2200
Award Amount: $999,838.00
Abstract:
Adverse environmental factors can greatly reduce a submarine"s ability to see ships in the visible band alone. Infra-red imagers can add valuable content, but at the cost of increased workload. Arete Associates proposes an end-to-end fusion system to leverage the power of multi-band imaging… More

Light Weight Coastal Topographic/ Bathymetric Charting System for Naval Unmanned Airborne Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John McLean, Chief Technology Officer – (520) 770-6101
Award Amount: $891,400.00
Abstract:
The overall project objective is to develop an autonomous bathymetric/topographic mapping system compatible with a small UAV, with performance equivalent to current manned systems. During Phase 1, an integrated design was developed that is fully compatible with the Navy's selected STUAS… More

Miniature Electromagnetically Controlled Assembler Robot Swarm: MECA-BOTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Research Institution: Carnegie Mellon Unniversity
Principal Investigator: Steven Floyd, Staff Engineer – (703) 413-0290
Award Amount: $499,954.00
RI Contact: Metin Sitti
Abstract:
Arete Associates, in collaboration with the NanoRobotics Laboratory of Carnegie Mellon University, plans to design and demonstrate a desktop-sized assembly system utilizing a coordinated team of micro-robots. Called MECA-BOTS (Miniature Electromagnetically Controlled Assembler Robot Swarm), this… More

Pathogen Identification of Wounds Via Bead-Based Multiplexing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Karyn Apfeldorf, Senior Manager – (818) 885-2200
Award Amount: $148,898.00
Abstract:
Arete Associates and Luminex Corporation propose to leverage Luminex"s award-winning bead-based multiplexing technology with Arete"s decision-theoretic processing algorithms to develop a portable, Point-of-Care (POC) system that enables rapid identification of known and de novo pathogens.… More

Apps for Rapid Epidemiological Analysis (AREA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Karyn Apfeldorf, Senior Manager – (818) 885-2200
Award Amount: $149,987.00
Abstract:
Arete Associates, Ringtail Design, and the University of Texas at Austin propose a collaboration to develop transformative mobile applications ("apps") for improved epidemiological situational awareness. We propose to combine biosurveillance-data-enhanced disease spreads models,… More

Direct Detection Ladar Pulse Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Gregory Fetzer, Director - Optical Systems Research – (303) 532-8498
Award Amount: $149,989.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Arete Associates proposes development of a novel ladar receiver in the combined Phase I and Phase II program. Arete will design and build a receive module for LADAR that captures target returns as well as a"copy"of the outgoing pulse. Collection of the outgoing pulse provides… More

Exploiting Agile Waveforms and Sampling for Compressive Sensing Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Relyea, Staff Scientist – (818) 885-2200
Award Amount: $79,997.00
Abstract:
Over the past decade, enormous advancements in the field of compressive sensing have provided a new framework for reconstructing signals from incomplete measurements, thus offering feasible mathematical tools for efficient data collection. Applying compressive sensing to sea-based radar could result… More

Magnetic Noise Reduction in a Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Paul Carter, Senior Manager – (818) 885-2263
Award Amount: $79,995.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy has a pressing need to develop a new antisubmarine warfare (ASW) approach for the P-8A Poseidon aircraft, which is to replace the aging P-3C Orion fleet. Unlike the P-3C, the P-8A will not carry magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) equipment aboard the aircraft. To execute its ASW mission… More

Optical Waveform Correlator for Closed Loop Infrared Countermeasures (CLIRCM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Andrew Paul, Advanced Programes Manage – (520) 571-8660
Award Amount: $729,927.00
Abstract:
The results of the Phase I activities confirm the feasibility of using the swept frequency FD-OCT approach for measuring the separation and relative amplitude of optical elements withing a seeker at long range. In the Phase I analysis it was shown that various methods, including the originally… More

Detection and Discrimination of Large-Scale Subsurface Generated Ocean Perturbations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Clayton Chinn, Principal Scientist – (703) 413-0290
Award Amount: $749,671.00
Abstract:
Investigations will be conducted to identify physical mechanisms that could be involved with the generation of specific large-scale ocean features of interest to the Navy. The objective is to unravel the generation of these features and to derive an understanding of the source.

Fast Two-Axis Beam Scanner for Multi-Function Laser Radar LADAR) for Rotorcraft Brownout and Cable Warning/Obstacle Avoidance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Murray, Corporate Senior Scientis – (303) 651-6756
Award Amount: $493,877.00
Abstract:
Arete Associates and our partner Lefthand Design Corporation (LHDC) will develop and test an advanced fast two-axis beam scanner component in support of the Office of Naval Research (ONR Codes 31/35), and the Program Executive Office, Air ASW, Assault & Special Mission Programs, H-53 Heavy Lift… More

Sea Water Attenuation Remote Measurement by LIDAR (SWARM-L)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Lonnie Calmes, Chief Scientist – (520) 770-6066
Award Amount: $299,980.00
Abstract:
Arete Associates proposes to design, build, and test a LIDAR-based, hand-held sea water attenuation measurement device. This device, referred to as the K-meter, will be tested and characterized both in the lab and against a variety of water types both ocean and coastal. In the base period, Arete… More

Solid state deep UV laser for Raman detection of CB agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James T. Murray, Arete Fellow – (303) 651-6756
Award Amount: $999,937.00
Abstract:
Raman spectroscopy is a highly effective non-contact laser remote sensing method for detecting and identifying chemicals in every-day field environments. Raman spectroscopy is particularly suited for detecting trace surface contaminants that may indicate the presence of explosives, harmful chemical… More

Predictive Model for Imaging Underwater Objects through the Air-Sea Interface

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bradley Walls, Program Manager – (520) 770-8629
Award Amount: $79,920.00
Abstract:
The science of Mine Countermeasures (MCM) is a challenging and multidimensional problem that involves the detection and classification of sea mines both underwater and at the surface. In recent years, MCM has undergone dramatic advances in detector technology, computational power, and algorithmic… More

Free-Space Optical Communications: Light Detection and Ranging Enhanced Data Delivery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James T. Murray, Arete Fellow – (303) 651-6756
Award Amount: $98,158.00
Abstract:
Airborne lidar has proven to be a highly valuable asset for gathering high quality geospatial intelligence information. Advanced lidar systems collect and process full waveform returns for each emitted laser pulse. Full lidar waveform data can be exploited to see through obscurants (e.g. dust,… More

Arete Active Downrange Crosswind Sensor for Small Arms Fire Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert DiMarco, Principal Scientist – (703) 413-0290
Award Amount: $99,955.00
Abstract:
Arete Associates proposes to develop a stand-alone active crosswind sensor operating at the eye safe wavelength of 1.5 microns. The sensor is based on a novel design using a single beam, and a single-channel under-resolved receiver. The error on the crosswind measurement will be less than 1.5 m/s… More

Three Dimensional Ship Modeling for Submarine Combat Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Flacco, Corporate Senior Scientis – (818) 885-2265
Award Amount: $79,969.00
Abstract:
The Arete team proposes development of SCULPT, an ISIS application for rapidly creating 3D models from 2D images of passing ships. The acronym is derived from the algorithm fundamentals; that is, Ship Model Creation from Unregistered Imagery, Library Source-Data, and Periscope Targeting. SCULPT will… More

Subsurface Expendable Profiler

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Guy Farruggia, Senior Manager – (703) 413-0290
Award Amount: $79,966.00
Abstract:
Arete and its subcontractor, Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems, will design the Subsurface Expendable Profiler. The Profiler merges Arete's Sensor technology and Ultra's acoustic communication technology to achieve untethered real-time data collection of conductivity, temperature, and depth.… More

Innovative Algorithms for the Categorization of Mine-Like Objects Using Standard Sonar Return Data.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jason Seely, Senior Scientist – (303) 651-6756
Award Amount: $79,965.00
Abstract:
Mine countermeasures will be a critical mission of the Littoral Combat Ship. This capability will be fulfilled by existing and future advanced SONAR systems to detect surface and volume mines. The performance of these systems is degraded by the large numbers of false alarms due to surface, volume,… More

Airborne Contact Cueing for Panoramic Imagers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kris Barkume, Staff Scientist – (818) 885-2200
Award Amount: $79,998.00
Abstract:
Arete will build an algorithm capable of real-time performance on panoramic video that rapidly detects low visibility aircraft with minimal false alarms. The team will make use of the on-hand periscope video and APB-13 algorithms to create panoramic inputs to our robust, likelihood-based Bayesian… More

Solid-State Fundamental Mode Green Laser for Ocean Mine Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Arizona - Optical Sci
Principal Investigator: Paul Lundquist, Senior Scientist – (520) 571-8660
Award Amount: $79,993.00
RI Contact: Rolf Binder
Abstract:
Arete proposes the development of Q-switched semiconductor lasers that can be scaled to produce high output peak powers within the blue/green wavelength band. The proposed system will utilize nanostructure quantum wavefunction engineering for gain material designs having extended excited state… More

Coherent Imaging Laser Source

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Micah Boyd, Senior Scientist – (303) 651-6756
Award Amount: $149,911.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Arete proposes a seeded Er:YAG MOPA system with narrow linewidth at 1617 nm and energy scalability surpassing program requirements. A novel seed system provides instantaneous multiple octave wavelength difference spanning for phase resolution control while eliminating strict tuning… More

COBRA Automatic Obstacle Detection (AOD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jed Withers, Manager – (850) 729-2130
Award Amount: $1,199,172.00
Abstract:
The Arete Associates (Arete) proposed effort develops and implements a Automatic Obstacle Detection (AOD) capability for the existing Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) Block I System. To provide an AOD capability for the COBRA Block I system, Arete will develop, design,… More

An Advanced Algorithm for Radar Derived Bathymetry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NOAA
Principal Investigator: Steven P. Anderson, Principal Scientist – (703) 413-0290
Award Amount: $94,569.91
Abstract:
NOAA can reduce costs and improve efficiency by remotely monitoring harbors, navigation channels, and coastlines for bathymetric changes. This will aid NOAA in its mission to maintain waterways and assure maritime safety. This remote sensing can be accomplished by implementing a new radar derived… More

Towards Integration of Data for unBiased Intelligence and Trust (TID-BIT II)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Simulation&Optimization – (781) 496-2467
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
To expedite the intelligence collection process, analysts reuse previously collected data. Incorporating human-generated intelligence within the high-level fusion process enables the integration of hard and soft information to associate disparate pieces of information for improved situational… More

Active Sensor Technologies for Interceptor Seekers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Murray, Arete Fellow – (303) 651-6756
Award Amount: $745,867.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) have been the most dynamic growth sector of the aerospace industry this decade and it is projected to double over the next decade. The most significant catalyst has been the enormous growth of interest in UAVs by the US military, tied to operations in Iraq… More

Monolithic Line-of-Sight Stabilized (MLOSS) Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Andrew Paul, Principal Scientist – (520) 770-6061
Award Amount: $149,998.00
Abstract:
Laser designation and marking is critical in today's high precision combat environment. Performance is limited by how well the soldier can hold the laser beam onto the target. Current fielded laser designator systems minimize beam pointing error by employing a… More

Dual Mode Seeker/Sensor -LADAR/RF

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Greg Fetzer, Director – (303) 651-6756
Award Amount: $149,924.00
Abstract:
Dual mode seekers can increase lethality, particularly in GPS denied environments or in situations where precision targeting is required, for example in areas where collateral damage must be minimized. The objective of this proposal is to provide a dual mode sensor that provides the greatest utility… More

Sensing and Control Technology to Assist in Vehicle Launch and Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Lonnie Calmes, Senior Manager, Engineeri – (520) 770-6066
Award Amount: $79,968.00
Abstract:
Arete Associates proposes an end-to-end solution to the challenge of at-sea launch and recovery of manned and unmanned vessels that incorporates the future state of the vessel into a robust crane control loop. By fielding an ocean penetrating, eye-safe LIDAR system on the recovery ship, the state of… More

Adaptive Radar Detection Approaches for Low-RCS Maritime Vessels in Highly Variable Clutter Conditions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Andrew Harey, Principal Scientist – (818) 885-2200
Award Amount: $79,813.00
Abstract:
Arete Associates proposes a Phase I effort to develop a radar mode that leverages a long coherent integration times to improve the detection of small boat targets in maritime environments up to sea state 4. The overall objective of this SBIR project is to then integrate these techniques and… More

Light Weight Coastal Topographic/ Bathymetric Charting System for Naval Unmanned Airborne Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ryan Redford, Program Manager – (520) 571-8660
Award Amount: $749,938.00
Abstract:
Arete Associates has developed a compact lightweight lidar system for precision bathymetry and topography suitable for operation from a small tactical unmanned aerial vehicle. The subject of this Phase 2 SBIR is to adapt this existing system to perform submarine detection, classification, and… More

Autonomous Underwater Image Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David Hamrick, Sr. Program Manager – (520) 770-6106
Award Amount: $497,654.00
Abstract:
Arete Associates will develop and deliver autonomous image processing algorithms that execute in real-time onboard unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) neutralizers. The real-time image enhancement algorithms mitigate backscatter, surface effects, and platform video motion using single frame and… More

Algorithms for IR data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Scott Dobson, Manager – (818) 885-2251
Award Amount: $149,992.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) is emerging as a key enabling technology for new defense applications. It can address many militarily-relevant targets and missions by detecting and tracking signals of interest across a range of lengthscales and timescales. Specifically in the… More

Power scaling of blue lasers with high peak-power and repetition rate for detection of underwater objects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Micah Boyd, Senior Scientist – (303) 651-6756
Award Amount: $79,948.00
Abstract:
The objective is to develop a low size, weight and power (SWaP), scalable high peak-power blue laser system for use as a transmitter source for detection of underwater objects from an airborne platform. Arete"s approach leverages recent advances in Diode Pumped Solid-State Lasers (DPSSL)… More

Development of Analysis Techniques for Predicting Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) Equipped UAV Performance in Naval Anti-Submarine Warfare Environmen

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian Platt, Principal Scientist – (818) 885-2200
Award Amount: $79,944.00
Abstract:
This effort will design tactical decision aid (TDA) software that will estimate the performance of a magnetometer-equipped UAV seeking to exploit the magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) signatures of a submerged submarine. Arete Associates will design software to yield estimates of performance such as… More