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Prehensor for one atmosphere diving suit

Company: VISHWA ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Current atmospheric diving suits and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) have end effectors with simply 1 DOF. This rudimentary manipulation results in excessive time spent working a problem underwater, development of task specific tools that can be operated by the pliers or acceptance that a specific… more

Real Time Adaptable ROIC for improved Power and Performance Optimization in Imager Systems

Company: Intrinsix Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: There are two objectives of this effort: 1) demonstrate an adaptable, scalable and dynamically configurable digital ReadOut-Integrated-Circuit (ROIC) architecture and 2) establish the foundation for the successful transitioning of this technology to product. This new technology is important because… more

Self-Biased Radiation Hardened Ka-Band Circulators for Size, Weight and Power Restricted Long Range Space Applications

Company: Metamagnetics Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Ferrite control components including circulators and isolators are fundamental building blocks of Transmit/Receive modules (TRM) utilized in high data rate active space transceivers and transponders for both long-range (LR) and low earth orbit (LEO) systems. These components are utilized to protect… more

Ultra-fast Broadband Low-cost T/R Switches based on Vanadium Dioxide Metal-insulator Transition Materials

Company: Metamagnetics Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Over the course of this small business innovative research (SBIR) phase 1 (Ph1) program Metamagnetics proposes the development of next generation ultra-fast and broadband T/R switches with high isolation (>30 dB) based on thin films of vanadium dioxide (VO2) metal-insulator transition (MIT)… more

SOLID-STATE HIGH-VOLTAGE PULSER FOR HPM APPLICATIONS

Company: Metamagnetics Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Metamagnetics proposes the research and development of a compact, reliable, cost-effective and reconfigurable pulsed-voltage source based on drift step recovery diodes (DSRD) for high-power microwave generation applications. The output parameters of the pulsed-voltage source determine the efficiency… more

3 kW Lightweight Efficient Generator

Company: NOVATIO Engineering, Inc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: At NOVATIO Engineering, our solution to this problem is practical and novel (and proven at a smaller scale): conversion of a lightweight gasoline generator to operate with diesel fuel or JP-8 in spark ignition mode. During the past year, with the help of CERDEC funding, Novatio has developed and… more

Battle Fuel Conditioner (BFC) for Commercial Gas Appliances in Field Kitchens

Company: NOVATIO Engineering, Inc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Proposed here is an approach to modify the fuel supply line to existing commercial appliances to allow them to operate on JP-8 fuel, using a JP-8 blue flame technology, based on a patented fuel conditioner that has been shown to produce a clean, highly efficient combustion process from JP-8. Our… more

Bio-fuel Reforming for High-Efficiency Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Generators

Company: Acumentrics Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Acumentrics proposes to utilize the unique properties of bio-fuel to deliver an integral reformer system that will directly utilize the thermal and electrochemical effect of the fuel cell through Acumentrics"tubular technology. This intimate contact with the fuel cell will levelize heat… more

Advanced Propulsion and Power Concepts for Large Size Class Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Company: Acumentrics Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: A hybrid tubular SOFC/gas turbine power system is proposed to increase the endurance of UAS and RPA. The work to be performed in the five tasks within the 9 month Phase I effort is described in detail in the full proposal. The applicable aircraft and system requirements will be identified… more

Carbon Monoxide Detector For Aviation Oxygen Systems

Company: Agiltron Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Agiltron Inc. proposes to develop a compact, sensitive, and selective tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) based multi-gas sensor for OBOGS breathing oxygen monitoring. In the proposed research, novel laser diodes that output wavelength tunable from 2000 nm to 3500 nm will be used to… more

Biologically Inspired Plasmonic Integrated Multi-Color Sensors (BI-PIMS)

Company: Agiltron Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: In this program, Agiltron, Inc. and Harvard University will develop a biologically-inspired integrated sensor that can detect the UV, visible (VIS), near infrared (NIR), and mid-wave infrared (MWIR) bands. This sensor will be integrated with plasmonic filters to provide additional… more

Efficient mid-range power transfer to multiple devices

Company: Agiltron Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: Agiltron proposes a new type of portable inductively coupling wireless battery charger station to relieve the logistic footprint and operation complexity of the wired power connection for charging battery-operated devices in the battlefield management. The wireless battery charger station will allow… more

Measuring Fuel Quantity in Collapsible Fabric Storage Tanks

Company: Agiltron Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: Leveraging on Agiltron"s extensive experience in fiber sensor development, we propose to develop a customized sensing system with the ability to measure fuel quantity in a collapsible tank. Based primarily on mature technologies and commercially available components, the proposed sensor system… more

High Performance Spatial Filter Array Based on Single Mode Fiber Bundle

Company: Agiltron Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: In Phase I project, by leveraging on Agiltron's experience in optical fiber components and our unique fabrication procedure of fiber array, we successfully designed and fabricated the samples of the gradient index fiber (GIF) lens arrays and single mode (SM) fiber arrays for composing a… more

Accountability Instrument Using a New Neutron-Gamma Sensor

Company: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: DOEs mission of nuclear material control and accountability (NMC & amp;A) requires adequate tools, therefore, the development of new sensor materials and measurement techniques for NMC & amp;A is important for the future of the U.S. nuclear fuel cycle. These techniques will reduce… more

Solid-State Sensors and Sensor Arrays for Advanced Pipe Inspection

Company: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Nuclear power is an important part of the Nations energy security providing 20 percent of U.S. electricity generation without the emission of gases associated with global climate change and air pollution. The DOE would like to improve and optimize the performance of nuclear power plants by improving… more

Thermoelectric Power Platform for In-Situ Monitoring of Nuclear Spent Fuel Storage

Company: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Dry storage systems are designed to safely confine the used nuclear fuel by providing radiation shielding, heat dissipation and protection of fuel assemblies from outside elements. To avoid dry storage system breach due to material deterioration or other factors, sensors can be sealed inside to… more

Plastic Scintillatos with Gamma-Neutron PSD

Company: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear missiles and dirty bombs is a serious threat in the world today. Fast-neutron detectors are an important tool in monitoring the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Discrimination between fast neutrons and gamma rays is typically… more

Theory-Based High-QE Photocathode Development

Company: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: While substantial advancements have been made in realizing tube based large area detectors such as the Large Area Picosecond Photo-Detector (LAPPD), there is widespread agreement in the cathode community that a higher QE bialkali cathode is possible, and that the present understanding is largely… more

Corrosion-Resistant AR Coating of High Energy Alkali Laser Components Using Refractory Materials

Company: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Realization of high-performance compact lasers will require the development of substrates and advancements in optical coatings that can withstand the harsh environments of corrosive gases, high temperatures, and high energy densities. Toward this end we intend to undertake the development of novel… more

Approaching Single Crystal Properties Enhancement of Bulk Properties of Polycrystalline Materials by Orientational Control of their Microstructure

Company: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: The goal of this program is to develop a process for producing ceramic materials with properties approaching or, possibly in some aspects, exceeding those of single crystals. Ceramic processing provides important benefits including lower cost, higher yield, relaxed constraints on size and shape,… more

Rapid biodosimetry for accurate assessment of individual radiation exposure levels

Company: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: In the event of an intentional or accidental release of ionizing radiation, it will be critical to have rapid triage assessment tools to evaluate the health of mission-critical personnel and to make effective use of available medical and emergency resources. However, assessment of whole body… more

Energy Saving Through Advanced Photovoltaic Materials and Manufacturing Technology

Company: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Todays conventional solar energy conversion technologies face serious problems, because of their combination of moderate efficiencies and high photovoltaic complexities, and because they are burdened with high manufacturing costs. For solar cells to be cost-competitive with other primary sources of… more

Solid State Sensor System for Inspection of Prestressed Concrete Pressure Pipe

Company: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: EPA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: An important type of water pipe is the Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe (PCCP). There are thousands of miles of PCCP installed in the US in sections with length up to 20 feet and diameter for 2 to 14 feet. The large size of the pipes, the thickness of the concrete (up to 10 inches) and the… more

Advanced Plastic Scintillators for Nuclear Non-Proliferation Monitoring

Company: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is a serious threat. Preventing the spread of these nuclear weapons has reached a state of heightened urgency in recent years. Neutron detection is an important component of the overall detection techniques used in identifying WMDs.… more