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Mode Adapting Etched Air Taper Fiber Optic Pump Combiner

Company: Optical Engines Inc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: The semiconductor pumped fiber laser has generated considerable interest for High Energy Lasers (HELs) in a number of BMDS applications including long range sensing, communications and missile defense. The potential efficiency, compact size and low weight, reliability and ruggedness are… more

Innovative designs for reliable Electro-Explosive Ordnance Devices

Company: Capco Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: The Phase I objective of this SBIR was to develop a nanothermite-based ignition composition to improve the no-fire performance of electro-explosive devices (EEDs). The developed nanoparticulate aluminum/cupric oxide (nACO) ignition composition provided a significant improvement in no-fire… more

Digital Storyteller: A Cognitively Accessible Literary Compositioning Tool

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Students and adults with intellectual and other cognitive disabilities have a critical need for accessible technologies that can enable them to speak for themselves in all arenas of life, including academic settings, vocational settings, for leisure activities and for therapeutic purposes. There are… more

Fire Suppressant Transport Modeling

Company: ADA Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Fires initiating in engine nacelles and dry bays are the most common causes of loss of aircraft. However, since the Montreal Protocol restricting the production of Halons, a replacement has not yet been accepted by the aircraft survivability community despite numerous testing programs.… more

Low Filler-concentration Advanced Thermal Management Materials for Power Systems Components

Company: ADA Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Abstract (No proprietary info): Thermal interface materials (TIMs) constitute an essential part of thermal management which is quickly becoming the limiting factor in high power, high functional density, and increasingly small-sized electronics for future U.S. Air Force (AF) platforms.… more

Satellite Drag Physical Model Module for a Near Real Time Operation Test Bed

Company: Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: The Air Force seeks to improve the accuracy of orbit specification and of 72-h orbit predictions beyond present capabilities. Thermospheric neutral density and satellite ballistic coefficient strongly impact satellite drag estimation, which is a leading source of error in orbit… more

Non-Mechanical Beam Steering Development for UAV Sensors

Company: Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: The focus of this Phase II effort is to deliver a non-mechanical laser beam directional control unit that is small and lightweight, while minimizing power consumption for use on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) laser radar units. Development of small, compact, low-power laser radars on… more

Multi-Function Radar Seeker (MFS)

Company: Colorado Engineering Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Colorado Engineering Inc. (CEI), along with its teammates, proposes to realize the multi-function seeker (MFS) concept in a scalable, heterogeneous, dynamically configurable electronic stack. Leveraging its collective expertise in communication systems design, radar systems design,… more

Late Award - Optimizing the Cost and Performance of Composite Cylinders for H2 Storage using a Graded Construction

Company: Composite Technology Development, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: The U.S. DOE is very interested in promoting on-board vehicular hydrogen storage systems that will enable a driving range of greater than 300 miles while meeting packaging, cost, safety, and performance requirements. State-of-the-art hydrogen storage vessels that meet these requirements are… more

Sensor Data Fusion for Intelligent Systems Monitoring and Decision Making

Company: Data Fusion & Neural Networks, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: The current AF aircraft maintenance system has a high operational cost of unplanned, premature, and missed maintenance. The"red"operational anomaly detection thresholds are not adaptive to individual aircraft history nor to changes in operations causing"ringers"and… more

Common Bus Interface Adapter Chip

Company: Design_Net Engineering LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: A key problem in the rapid and lower cost development of spacecraft is that the various devices that comprise the spacecraft bus do not typically provide a single standard interface and/or communications protocols. This forces a design-to-order paradigm in which a spacecraft bus is… more

Embedded Co-Located Antenna Elements to Increase Pattern Coverage and Effectively Mitigating Interference for Improved Communications

Company: FIRST RF CORPORATION Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: The future net-centric military provides enhanced battlefield awareness through wireless links between unmanned aerial vehicles, high-speed aircraft, rotary-winged platforms, and soldiers on the ground. To support this, platforms must accommodate a variety of antennas, not to mention traditional… more

Ka-band Spread Spectrum

Company: FIRST RF CORPORATION Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: SATCOM On-The-Move (OTM) is one of the greatest operational and tactical advantages our troops have. The SATCOM terminals available pose a number of practical constraints resulting in less than universal usage. Traditional reflectors are high profile and difficult to integrate on aircraft and… more

High Gain Common Data Link (CDL) Antennas for Networking UAV Nodes

Company: FIRST RF CORPORATION Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: In this Phase II effort, FIRST RF will demonstrate array technology enabling highly directive multi-beam TCDL communications using phased arrays integrated on the FireScout UAV platform. Phased array systems allow for dynamic beam steering with graceful degradation. Wide elevation patterns desirable… more

Militarized Airborne Very Low Frequency (VLF) Receive Antenna

Company: FIRST RF CORPORATION Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: For decades, very low frequency (VLF) links have been an important part of Air Force"s worldwide logistics infrastructure and response-coordination capability. With an increasingly-global proliferation of nuclear capability, Air Force faces an urgent need to update legacy VLF… more

Low-power-cost-weight, rapidly-Installable, Medium-Range Interplane Communications Capability (LIMRICC)

Company: FIRST RF CORPORATION Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: The current lack of a simple, low-cost, and high bandwidth communication system on C2ISR (Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) aircraft prevents the Air Force from realizing the full capability of its airborne reconnaissance and surveillance assets. The… more

Dual-band low-profile antennas for intra-flight communication and data links

Company: FIRST RF CORPORATION Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: High speed communication channels and tactical data links are becoming increasingly important for both military and commercial applications. The need for high speed inter-flight communication and data transfer is validated by the existence of the Intra-Flight Data Link (IFDL) for the… more

Light Weight High Gain High Data Rate Launch Vehicle Antenna

Company: FIRST RF CORPORATION Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: The United States Air Force (USAF) has a need to upgrade communications systems on board Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV"s). Video monitoring of Launch Vehicles (LV"s) during all stages of orbit insertion provides invaluable information about the health and status of a… more

Ultra-stable, Portable Fabry-Perot Cavities

Company: Boulder Precision E-O Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Frequency stabilized lasers are essential subsystems in many applications. Most importantly, they are used as flywheel oscillators in optical atomic clocks, as well as in many sensing and measurement systems, and some examples are down oil well sensing, laser radar and ranging in space, and… more

Flowing Water Optical Power Meter for Laser Measurements

Company: High Precision Devices Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOC / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: High Precision Devices, Inc. (HPD) proposes to continue and complete development of the 25 kW Flowing Water Optical Power Meter for Laser Measurements begun under a Phase I SBIR award. In the proposed Phase II work described, HPD will complete mechanical and electrical subsystems, apply a ceramic… more

A Cost-Effective Oxygen Separation System Based on Open Gradient Magnetic Field by Polymer Beads

Company: Itn Energy Systems, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Pure oxygen helps produce energy from coal with fewer greenhouse gases. Current oxygen production systems are expensive. ITN proposes an oxygen separation system using pulsed magnetic fields and polymer magnetic beads to separate oxygen from air for coal gasification plants/syngas production, as a… more

Technologies for Nanoscale Imaging Using Coherent Extreme Ultraviolet and Soft X-Ray Light

Company: Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Microscopy is a critical enabling technology for advancing our understanding of nature. Imaging nano-scale objects with light in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) and soft x-ray regions of the spectrum has advantages over visible light for several reasons including: resolution, elemental… more

Submersible GPS Enhancement and Playback System

Company: NAVSYS Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Under the Phase I SBIR effort, we designed a Submersible GPS Enhancement and Playback System (SGEPS) to allow processing of the GPS signals after a submarine has submerged to reduce the time spent on surface for covert operations. This uses a Digital Storage Receiver (DSR) for capturing the GPS RF… more

GPS-denied Positioning using Networked communications

Company: NAVSYS Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: A robust back-up navigation alternative is needed to continue to provide accurate PVT data when GPS is denied. Navigation solutions can be enhanced by utilizing existing networked communications for dismounted forces operating in small platoons. When some of the forces lose their GPS… more

High Efficiency SIGINT Collection

Company: Numerica Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: U.S. intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance (ISR) platforms employ SIGINT sensors for target platform detection, identification and location. Many receivers are narrowband and are scanned over the RF spectrum (e.g., 2-18 GHz) in search of RF emitters of interest. With the rapid proliferation… more