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AM-CW Integrated Path Differential Absorption Lidar

Company: COHERENT APPLICATIONS, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: This proposal addresses NASA's science objectives with innovative lidar architecture for atmospheric CO2 measurements. Specifically, the proposed work can support and potentially enhance the Active Sensing of CO2 Emissions over Nights, Days, and Seasons (ASCENDS) technologies. Using an active… more

Fiber Optic Shape Sensing for Tethered Marsupial Rovers

Company: Luna Innovations Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Luna Innovations Incorporated is proposing to design, build, and test a shape, length, and tension sensing tether for robotic exploration and sample-gathering missions on remote planets and moons. The proposed tether system is capable of determining the location and orientation of marsupial robots… more

Solid State Transmitters for Water Vapor and Ozone DIAL Systems

Company: Fibertek, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: We have developed a common architecture for laser transmitters that address requirements for water vapor as well as ground and airborne ozone lidar systems. Our innovative approach to these requirements has the advantages of reducing size, weight and power (SWaP) as well as hardware cost for all of… more

Fiber MOPA for Ascends

Company: Fibertek, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: CO2 sensing using absorption bands near 1570nm is very attractive by taking advantage of the mature fiber-amplifier technology derived from fiber-optic telecom heritage. This necessitates sufficient power scaling in 1.5 micrometer fiber-amplifiers, either in the pulsed-mode, or in the cw-mode for… more

500C/3.8 kW-class Resonant-Mode Power Converter featuring SiC Super Junction Transistors

Company: GeneSiC Semiconductor Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Capitalizing on a potent confluence of expertise in III-Nitride epitaxy, GaN-Si power device designs, and wide-bandgap power electronics, researchers at GeneSiC Semiconductor and Cornell University jointly propose a SBIR program focused on the development of 15 kW/300?C-rated power converters using… more

Automated Flight Safety Inference Engine (AFSIE) System

Company: MILLENNIUM ENGINEERING & INTEGRATION CO. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: We propose to develop an innovative Autonomous Flight Safety Inference Engine (AFSIE) system to autonomously and reliably terminate the flight of an errant launch vehicle. This proposed phase 1 research is innovative in that it combines proven NASA-developed AFS algorithms, real-time hazard… more

Control by Exception for Tactical Departure Scheduling

Company: Mosaic ATM, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Tactical Departure Scheduling (TDS) is a common activity in Air Traffic Control (ATC) in the National Airspace System (NAS) that requires significant coordination for individual flights and that has the potential to impose delay on impacted flights. Some of the delay that is imposed through the TDS… more

Lightweight, Low Permeability, Cryogenic Thoraeus RubberTM Inflatables

Company: NanoSonic Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: NanoSonic has developed a candidate state-of-the-art inflatable as a novel bladder material for life critical, space habitats that maintains low air permeability (<0.0017 cc/100in2/day/atm) upon the triple fold cold flex test conducted at -50 ?C. The multifunctional Thoraeus Rubber?(TR) films… more

Polymer Derived Rare Earth Silicate Nanocomposite Protective Coatings for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Systems

Company: NanoSonic Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: The objective of this Phase I SBIR program is to develop polymer derived rare earth silicate nanocomposite environmental barrier coatings (EBC) for providing next-generation corrosion resistance and thermal insulation to Aerojet's Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) systems. The NTP environmental… more

EDL Sensor Suite

Company: OPTICAL AIR DATA SYSTEMS, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Optical Air Data Systems (OADS) L.L.C. proposes a LIDAR based remote measurement sensor suite capable of satisfying a significant number of the desired sensing requirements in a compact, lightweight, and extremely power efficient form factor. OADS all-fiber optic LIDAR and Laser Doppler Velocimetry… more

Integrated Visualization Environment for Science Mission Modeling

Company: Phoenix Integration Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: The proposed work will provide NASA with an integrated visualization environment providing greater insight and a more intuitive representation of large technical data sets. Engineering framework tools now provide a new level of integration with systems engineering, high fidelity computation, mission… more

Space-Qualifiable Digital Radar Transceiver

Company: Trident Systems Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Radar technology offers a very flexible, powerful tool for applications such as object detection, tracking, and characterization, as well as remote sensing, imaging, sounding, weather measurement and analysis. Historically, radar systems have tended to be either large, complex, power-hungry,… more

Self-Powered Magnetothermal Fluid Pump

Company: Prime Photonics, LC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: The ability to successfully manage thermal loads is increasingly a primary design constraint for many emerging engineered systems. Systems ranging from military aircraft to computational platforms to photovoltaic (PV) power generation all generate unwanted heat and traditional methods for… more

High Temperature Bell Motor

Company: Bear Technologies, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: The National Research Council (NRC) has identified the need for motors and actuators that can operate in extreme high and low temperature environments as a technical gap to exploring deeper into our solar systems. The need for high temperature motors and actuators for robotic mechanisms is critical… more

Surface Abrasion Tool

Company: Bear Technologies, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: The Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG) Final Report reiterates the importance of planetary sample return stating that sample return architectures provide a promising intersection of objectives for long term collaborations. The proposed innovation is an enabling technology for robotic planetary… more

Additive Friction Stir Deposition of Aluminum Alloys and Functionally Graded Structures

Company: Aeroprobe Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: State-of-the-art additive manufacturing technologies for metal parts have evolved around powder metallurgy and fusion welding-based processes. Both of these processing methodologies yield parts with inferior mechanical and physical properties as compared to wrought metal of the same composition. … more

Measuring Low Fluxes of Photons, Neutral Molecules and Ions with a New Generation of Detectors

Company: Space Systems Research Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: A new detector evaluation method (DEM) is proposed to determine the response of graphene detectors to low fluxes of photons, neutral atoms/molecules, and ions in the space environment of high to ultra-high vacuum. The method, aimed mainly at evaluation for space applications of new graphene… more

Gimbal Integration to Small Format, Airborne, MWIR and LWIR Imaging Sensors

Company: Geospatial Intelligence and Analysis, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: The proposed innovation is for enhanced sensor performance and high resolution imaging for Long Wave InfraRed (LWIR) and Medium Wave IR (MWIR) camera systems used in aerial imaging applications through integration with KeyW's advanced EO/IR Imaging eGimbal?(IeG) system. Increases in pixel… more