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Highline gondola system for personnel and equipment transfer

Company: The Glosten Associates Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: A critical aspect of operating and maintaining an offshore wind turbine is turbine access. By facilitating crew access to turbine in most any weather, repair and maintenance tasks can be performed in a timely manner. This enhances turbine availability which in turn increases annual energy… more

Scalable, Secure Associative Database

Company: Applied Technical Systems Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The Associative Model of Data offers a fundamentally different meta-model for data organization than the well-established relational data model. The associative model focuses on Items and Links among items rather than sets of records. We propose to compare and contrast the associative model with two… more

Scoring Analysis via Data Integration and Information Extraction (SADIIE)

Company: Applied Technical Systems Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Applied Technical Systems, Inc. (ATS) proposes to leverage its expertise with maintenance and logistics support of Naval systems and its experience in developing data-rich software solutions to research, design, and develop a data integration and analysis system that is capable of fusing… more

A Variable Pulse Width, Voltage, and Repetition Frequency IGBT-based High Power Radio Frequency Source Driver

Company: Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The United States Navy is interested in developing small vessel mounted and man-portable directed energy weapons. One key technology in this endeavor is the development of high power radio frequency (HPRF) sources. While much work is being done to advance the state of the art in HPRF sources, the… more

Silicon Carbide MOSFET-based Full-Bridge for Fusion Science Applications

Company: Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Switching power amplifiers (SPAs) have a wide variety of applications within the fusion science community, including feedback and control systems for dynamic plasma stabilization in tokamaks, inductive and arc plasma sources, Radio Frequency (RF) helicity and flux injection, RF plasma… more

High Gain and Frequency Ultra-Stable Integrators for ICC and Long Pulse ITER Applications

Company: Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Inductive pickup loops are one of the primary magnetic diagnostics in modern fusion concepts. To convert the voltage measurement from the inductive pickup loop to a measurement of magnetic field, the loop voltage must be integrated. While simple in principle, in practice several factors make the… more

A High Power and Repetition Rate Nanosecond Pulser with Variable Pulse Width Control

Company: Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: High power nanosecond pulses provide unique capabilities for several applications relevant to defense, energy, materials science, medical applications and basic research. For the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) new compact and portable nanosecond pulsed electric systems could provide… more

Ruggedized Ultra-compact, High-Dynamic-Range, Dual-Output Wideband Electro-Optic LiNbO3 Modulator

Company: EOSPACE Inc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The proposed effort is to develop and package a new ultra-compact, wideband, dual-output electro-optic LiNbO3 modulator for RF/photonic link applications on air platforms. The modulator will be capable of extremely high optical power handling (>500mW), and have dual outputs for use with balanced… more

Low Energy Rotary Shear for Sub-millimeter Particle Production

Company: Forest Concepts, Llc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Advanced rotary shear technologies from this project will reduce the cost of reactor-ready feedstocks and improve the energy balance for advanced biofuels, thus moving the nation towards import oil independence.

Nanosatellite to Standard Army Handheld Radio Communications System

Company: Tethers Unlimited, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: TUI proposes to complete the development of two novel technologies that will enable pico-satellites in LEO to efficiently close the link with standard issue handheld radios on the ground. The first technology is a dual-band software-defined radio (SDR) that will provide UHF SATCOM to soldiers on the… more

Micro-MAD Tow System

Company: Tethers Unlimited, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) proposes to develop a system for towing micro Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) sensors from unmanned and manned rotary-wing aerial vehicles such as the Fire Scout MQ-8C VTUAV. In prior efforts, TUI successfully developed a prototype lightweight winch, fiber-optic cable,… more

Remote Anchor Module (RAM) Launch-able Tagline and Remote Anchor System

Company: Tethers Unlimited, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: TUI proposes to develop the"Remote Anchoring Module"(RAM), a launch-able anchoring system that can quickly set an anchor and tagline at a remote location without the need for manual emplacement. The RAM device will enable Army Combat Service Support engineers to rapidly, safely, and… more

TRUSSELATOR - On-Orbit Fabrication of High Performance Support Structures for Solar Arrays

Company: Tethers Unlimited, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: The Trusselator technology will enable on-orbit fabrication of support structures for high-power solar arrays and large antennas, achieving order-of-magnitude improvements in packing efficiency and launch mass while reducing life-cycle cost. The Phase I Trusselator effort successfully demonstrated… more

Positrusion Filament Recycling System

Company: Tethers Unlimited, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: TUI proposes a novel process to produce 3d printer feedstock filament out of scrap ABS on the ISS. Currently the plastic filament materials that most 3d printers use are produced with screw-based extruders that are fundamentally designed for high volume terrestrial production from uniformly… more

Forecasting of Solar Eruptions using Statistical Mechanics, Ensemble, and Bayesian Forecasting Methods

Company: NorthWest Research Associates, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The technological systems on which today's war-fighters depend, reflecting today's society, are vulnerable to the effects of sudden high-energy events from our Sun. Because the propagation speed for sudden increases in X-rays from a solar flare is the speed of light, it is necessary to… more

Implementation of real-time high-resolution extended EUV solar spectral irradiance forecast

Company: NorthWest Research Associates, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Thermospheric densities are critical in determining orbital drag for providing collision avoidance warnings for manned and unmanned spaceflight, accurately cataloging orbiting objects, predicting reentry times, and estimating satellite lifetimes, on-board fuel requirements, and attitude… more

Characterizing the Impact of Ionospheric Wave Structures on Coordinate Registration.

Company: NorthWest Research Associates, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Coordinate Registration (CR) of OTHR targets requires accurate real-time ionospheric modeling coupled with HF propagation calculations to convert radar-measured target signal delays and beam steers to geographical position. Our team is the developer of one of the most sophisticated… more

Waterjet Stripping of Chrome Plate

Company: Ormond, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Chrome plating is used extensively for aerospace and industrial applications because it is wear resistant, corrosion resistant, has a good surface finish and has good adhesion. Aircraft use chrome plating on landing gear components because of these characteristics. However these coatings… more

Printed Robust Electronic Sensing Systems (PRESS) for Aircraft Structural Integrity

Company: QUEST Integrated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: With the increasing age of current military aircraft fleets and current operational and budget environment, there is a need to increase structure reliability and availability while, at the same time, reducing maintenance costs. This is critical especially when some fleets need to be… more

Wideband Microwave Absorbers Cryogenic Vacuum Applications in Accerators

Company: Sienna Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: High order mode (HOM) absorbers are very important to stable operation of accelerators. It has been very difficult, especially for superconductor radio frequency (SRF) accelerators, to find a suitable HOM absorber material that not only can function at cryogenic temperatures and vacuum… more

High Performance Plasma Channel Insulators for High Power Hall Thrusters

Company: Sienna Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: NASA missions for planetary exploration require high power, long-life Hall thrusters. However, thruster power and lifetime are limited by the erosion of plasma channel walls. Current plasma channel insulators, BN or Borosil, have the required low secondary electron emission (SEE) but are… more

High Performance Thrusters for Advanced Green Monopropellants

Company: Sienna Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The development of an advanced green monopropellant propulsion system could have significant benefits to a wide range of NASA space missions, from deep space satellites to manned space vehicles. However, the state-of-the-art thruster materials, refractory metals, cannot withstand AF-M315E… more

Non-Catalytic Ignition System for High Performance Advanced Monopropellant Thrusters

Company: Systima Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Systima Technologies, Inc. is developing a non-catalytic ignition technology for advanced green ionic salt monopropellants such as HAN-based monopropellant AF-M315E. Green (non-hazardous, low toxicity) monopropellants such as AF-M315E offer significant advantages in performance and reduced handling… more

High Thrust-to-Power Electric Propulsion through Neutral Entrainment

Company: MSNW, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: State of the art Orbital Transfer Vehicle systems and GEO transfer missions require the demanding combined requirements of both high Thrust-to-Power (greater than 150 mN/kW) and high specific impulse (greater than 3000 s), all at constant power. The 9 kW PROTEAN system is a two-stage… more

Combustion Enhanced Electric Propulsion

Company: MSNW, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Orbital transfer missions require a demanding combination of lightweight, flexible operation and high Thrust-to-Power (greater than 120 mN/kW) electric propulsion. Adding Neutral Entrainment (NE) to a pulsed electromagnetic thruster has the potential to dramatically increases the total… more