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Multi-Band Dual-Aperture SATCOM Antenna for Rotary Wing Aircraft

Company: Applied Radar, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … on a low-cost design with reduced height and leverages existing aperture and radome technology from our prime contractor partner Lockheed-Martin. It also leverages existing digital modem technology developed at Applied Radar, as well as our experience in gimbal and… more

Shared aperture non-mechanical beam steering for FLIR/3D SWIR LADAR

Company: Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: A SWIR 3D imaging LADAR architecture is proposed in which it shares the aperture with a FLIR sensor. To enable this combined passive and active sensor system, wide angle non-mechanical beam steering (NMBS) would be implemented at the exit window of the gimbal. Due to… more

Compound eye laser missile seeker (CELMS)

Company: Luminit, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … need for a novel primary optic for semi-active laser sensors, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop an innovative wide field-of-view (FOV) compound eye laser missile seeker (CELMS) for use in the near-infrared spectrum to track a target without the need for a gimbaled sensor.… more

Wide Field of View Primary Optic for Semi-Active Laser Sensor

Company: Polaris Sensor Technologies Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The US Army employs Semi-Active Laser seeker (SAL-seeker) sensors on several missile platforms to provide precision guidance to targets. The sensor for a SAL-seeker is typically a narrow FOV quad-cell based sensor integrated onto a gimbal, providing a wide Field of Regard to… more

Low Size, Weight and Power Direction Antenna for Common Data Link

Company: ThinKom Solutions, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: … in elevation allows continuous illumination of the ground from directly below the aircraft to 110 NM on the horizon, all while maintaining more than the required gain. No elevation scan is required. This allows for an extremely light weight and low cost gimbal that only… more

Multi-Aperture Optical Seeker Compound Array for Semi-Active Laser

Company: Physical Optics Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … components. The innovation in wide field of view (array) configuration, angular resolution enhancement, high bandwidth, and custom embedded processing will enable the module to rapidly locate, track, and guide missile platforms via SAL designators without gimbals. As a result,… more

Small Pixel Hybridization (<5 um) for Infrared FPAs

Company: Attollo Engineering, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: …. In addition, commercial applications such as thermography will see lower costs and will therefore expand their market. In terms of performance, the smaller pixel will allow megapixel class imagers to be used in space-constrained applications such as gimbals. The… more

High specific power and cost effective solar array for spacecraft, lighter than air vehicles, and UAVs

Company: VectorSum, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … volume of less than 1U cubesat volume (6cm x 10cm x 10cm) and<0.5kg. The solar array design is a unique solution of deployable folding substrates, laser welding, proprietary pultruded carbon rods, all deployed using simple clock springs, and mounted on a gimbaled… more

Multiband Metasurface for Reduced Antenna Footprint and Jamming Mitigation

Company: Kord Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: …requency band(s) while simultaneously being completely transparent in another band(s). This property can be exploited to create antenna designs which allow multiple antennas to share the same aperture. Prior antenna based FSS solutions involve the use of gimbaled fixed beam… more

Technology Development of a Polarization Capable Multi-Mission EO/IR Turret (On-board Real Time Processor)

Company: Advanced Coherent Technologies Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: …nt graphics processing unit (GPU) to a field programmable gated array (FPGA)-based system. The algorithm improvement is necessary to both take advantage of FPGA-specific processing and to make the overall system operate in parallel with the UAS's main ISR gimbal. The… more

Attitude Control Enhancement Using Wing Load Sensing

Company: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: … stability, a larger flight envelope, and greater maneuverability to the SUAVs conducting SUAV-related missions, viz. urban ISR and lethal engagement. Ideal platforms would be smaller UAVs with severe weight and volumetric limitations, those not capable of carrying gimbaled… more

Canfield Joint - Vibration Isolation System for High Precision Pointing

Company: Balcones Technologies LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / STTR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: …ogies, LLC (BT) and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Electromechanics (CEM) successfully achieved all Phase I objectives and developed concept designs for controlled Canfield Joint Systems (CJS) for numerous applications that currently employ two-axis gimbal systems,… more

High Speed Random Access Non-Mechanical Beam Steering for 3D Imaging LADAR

Company: Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: High resolution 3D LADAR imaging over a wide field of view usually requires mechanical scanning the sensor"s field of view using gimbals, or a high peak power laser pulse and a very large focal plane array at the imaging plane. Both techniques add considerable… more

High Gain Ka-Band Data Link Antennas with Wide-Field-of-Regard (WFOR)

Company: FIRST RF CORPORATION Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: …, the amount of data they produce overwhelms the current ability to offload that data based on the meager performance of ground station terminals. A high gain antenna supporting Ka-Band sensor data offload and Command and Control Uplink is required. Gimbaled reflectors… more

Development of a Novel Laser Illuminator for Geiger Mode LADAR

Company: Physical Sciences Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: … Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions that are facilitated by 3D imaging. The compact and efficient design of the illuminator"s laser transmitter will enable integration onto a variety of platforms ranging from compact stabilized gimbals on small… more

Dual Waveband Artificial Compound Eyes

Company: Spectral Imaging Laboratory Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: … ACE can enhance the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability of the larger RPAs, and the forward looking, WFOV ACE can enhance the guidance, navigation and control of seekers and munitions. The wide angle capability eliminates the need for heavy … more

High Bandwidth, Compact, Wireless, Millimeter Wave Intra-Missile Datalink

Company: Technology Service Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … datalink that allows for high bandwidth (>2Gb/s) multi-mode, missile sensor data to be passed to the sensor data processor to minimize the use of cabling. This removes the issues caused by the cabling, such as integration time, cable volume and weight and gimbal sticktion.… more

High Efficiency V/W Band Airborne Antenna

Company: ThinKom Solutions, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: The proposed airborne antenna design employs flight-proven broadband MMW planar aperture, polarization, feed, and gimbal technologies, customized in an affordable, modular, scalable, low-profile high-efficiency antenna subsystem capable of near-term deployment for… more

Low SWAP LIDAR Instrument for Arctic Ice Sheet Mass Balance Monitoring

Company: Voxtel Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: …on Measurement (ARM) program continues to expand its footprint in the North Slope of Alaska (NSA) and has identified a need for the increased use of robotic aircraft to meet the growing need for environmental observing in the Arctic. A small sized ( & lt; 1.25 kg) … more

Optimized Taggant Delivery Systems

Company: Voxtel Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: … depends upon depositing nanoparticles in specific spectral mixtures and at precise target locations, increased precision is required for this application, especially at the long standoff ranges required for covert delivery. Toward this end, fixed- and gimbal-mounted… more

Seeker For Small Agile Munitions

Company: Physical Optics Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: To address the Air Force need for a wide-field-of-view seeker combining multiwaveband infrared imaging and semiactive laser (SAL) guidance in a gimbal-free concept, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new ultrawide-field-of-view Seeker for Small… more

Gimbal-Free Wavelength-Division-Multiplexing Free Space Optical Communication (WDMFSO) for Ocean Surface Transceivers

Company: Wavefront Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … to radio frequency interference, and low probability of interception and detection. The biggest disadvantage of lasercom, however, is its requirement of point-to-point and line-of-the-sight configuration between optical transceivers. Pointing and tracking via gimbal… more

Compact High Current Molecular Atomic Particle Beam Generator

Company: Astronix Research LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … and small thruster size based on low-cost semiconductor manufacturing. The thruster architecture is fully scalable and thrust can be electronically regulated. With deflection circuitry, thrust can also be electronically vectored to eliminate mechanical gimbals and all… more

Layered Target Reacquisition and Prosecution from Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) Cues

Company: Systems & Technology Research Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: … will enable coordination and cooperation between multiple sensor assets to best leverage availability, capability, and coverage of diverse ISR sensors and platforms. Target handoff from one wide area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor to another WAMI sensor or gimbaled full… more

Miniature Stabilized Gimbal Laser Pointing System

Company: Ascendant Engineering Solutions LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: …or system during a Phase II contract. The primary objectives are to: 1) Precisely point and hold a laser spot on a target; 2) Safely control the laser beam to prevent collateral damage by providing real-time feedback of the laser spot location; and 3) Package a gimbal payload in… more