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Incremental Learning for Robot Sensing and Control

Company: Net-Scale Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: The purpose of this proposal is to build a working prototype of a highly-adaptive, vehicle-independent, compact, low-power, low-cost, autonomous ground robot navigation system that incorporates the results obtained in our Phase I effort and in our earlier DARPA LAGR (Learning Applied to Ground… more

Readorium Rising Reader: Smart Nonfiction Comprehension Software For Students In Grades 3-5

Company: Mtelegence Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: The project team is developing a prototype of the Readorium Rising Reader, a web-based game for students in grades 3 to 5 intended to strengthen reading comprehension of non-fiction science text. The game will provide students with strategies to use as they construct meaning and decipher new… more

Acquisition, Tracking and Pointing Technologies for High Energy Laser Applications

Company: AmplificationTechnologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: This proposal is directed toward Focus Area 1: Low noise high sensitivity and high bandwidth detector arrays at 1µm. Amplification Technologies Inc. has invented and demonstrated a fundamentally new technology to design and fabricate high-sensitivity photodetectors. We invented an amplification… more

Novel Structured Metal Bipolar Plates for Low Cost Manufacturing

Company: TREADSTONE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: The focus of this SBIR project is to develop a low cost novel structured metal bipolar plate technology for low temperature PEM fuel cells for transportation applications. The innovative metal bipolar plate technique is aimed to meet industry revised performance and cost requirements for metal… more

Creating Spatial Disorientation in Flight Simulation

Company: Continuum Dynamics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Training in the symptoms of Spatial Disorientation (SD) has shown to be valuable in aiding pilots to recognize its onset and provide a means for mitigating its effects, but such demonstrations have traditionally been associated with specialized equipment and devices. Since the vast majority of… more

Adaptive Nozzle Technology for Mitigation of High Speed Jet Exhaust Noise

Company: Continuum Dynamics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Current generation engines for Air Force platforms provide unprecedented levels of thrust and performance but also generate significantly higher jet exhaust noise than legacy tactical aircraft. Phase I work at CDI has identified first-generation actuation devices that can be tailored to… more

High-Order Aeromechanics Model Support for Rotorcraft Conceptual Design

Company: Continuum Dynamics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Conceptual design tools for rotorcraft are used to size vehicles for intended flight operations, as well as reveal trends on the relative benefits certain configuration choices have on the resulting aircraft performance. This information is useful for indicating potentially valuable areas for… more

Low-Cost CFD-Based Analysis for Surface Mesh Interrogation and Refinement

Company: Continuum Dynamics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Accurate flow calculation is crucial to the development and support of air platforms, and CFD has been successful at predicting aerodynamic performance for a variety of flows. The accuracy of CFD is governed by the quality of the surface mesh, and much work has been undertaken to automatically… more

Aircraft Conceptual Design Capability with Fast, High-Order Aeromechanics Models

Company: Continuum Dynamics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Requirements for enhanced cruise efficiency and reduced noise for future Air Force mobility transports can be met using advanced propeller and propfan technology. However, identifying designs that balance performance and acoustics requirements for multiple flight conditions poses a… more

Virtual Visual Landing Aid for Rotorcraft Recovery (V2LAR2)

Company: Continuum Dynamics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Operational utility for ship-based rotorcraft is often limited by weather conditions that can influence sea states, wind over deck (WOD) and airwake turbulence, and pilot visibility. Recent advances in Visual Landing Aid (VLA) design have made strides in providing better situational awareness to… more

Packaging High Power Photodetectors for 100 MHz to 100 GHz RF Photonic Applications

Company: Discovery Semiconductors, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Discovery Semiconductors will assemble high power InGaAs/InP photodiodes with 50 ohm internal termination in a fiber-pigtailed, W1-connectorized microwave package having the following specifications: (a) Responsivity>0.7 A/W at 1550 nm wavelength; (b) -3 dB Bandwidth>60 GHz; (c)… more

Safe and Renewable Plasticizers from Cellulose

Company: Exelus, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Phthalates are a class of petroleum-derived chemicals used as plasticizers to improve the properties of polymeric materials like PVC. However, they are currently being phased out of use in the US and elsewhere due to concerns about their toxicity and action as endocrine disruptors. One viable… more

Innovative Cost-Effective and High-Temperature Portable Helipad

Company: Frontier Performance Polymers Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: The objective of this SBIR Phase I proposal is to develop a lightweight, cost-effective, and high-temperature resistant portable helipad for future helicopters and vertical landing aircrafts. Portable helipads are critical for forward operating bases, and enable aircrafts to land in any area safely… more

FieldView-VisIt: A Modern Engineering Post-Processing System for Ultra-Scale Physics Based Simulations

Company: JMSI, Inc. dba Intelligent Light Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: Many U.S. manufacturers need advanced simulation tools to maintain competitiveness in the world marketplace. The Department of Energy has developed several advanced simulation codes that could help, but the tools are too difficult for engineers in U.S. industry to use. VisIt is one such code that… more

BROAD RANGE RADIATION DETECTOR BASED ON SPECTRUM SHIFTS OF OPTO-MECHANICAL MICROCAVITY

Company: Lenterra, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: This SBIR Phase I proposal is aimed at the development of the ultra-sensitive detector for the far infrared (FIR) and terahertz (THz) bands of electromagnetic radiation. The device is inherently optical, operates at room temperature and of submillimeter size. The proposed technology is based on… more

Self Powered Biosensors

Company: MaXentric Technologies LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: In response to the DHP 12-010 self powered biosensor solicitation, MaXentric proposes the VitalH system. Acknowledging the difficultly in creating a completely self-powered bio-sensor system that wirelessly transmits vital sign information, MaXentric has developed a solution which is extremely power… more

RUSH

Company: MaXentric Technologies LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Space presents a challenging environment for computing. Extended development times and radiation tolerance requirements leave hardware performance a decade or more behind the terrestrial state-of-the-art at the time of deployment. Additionally, once deployed, hardware changes are impractical,… more

Next Generation Portable Power Amplifier

Company: MaXentric Technologies LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: In response to the SOCOM 13-004 Next Generation Portable Power Amplifier solicitation, MaXentric proposes the GreenAmp-lite system. The GreenAmp- & #8208;lite combines MaXentric"s envelope tracking technology with a power amplifier MMIC in a single small footprint package. This tight… more

W-band Transmitter

Company: MaXentric Technologies LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: The significance of the 71-76 and 81-86GHz frequencies cannot be overstated. The 10 GHz of spectrum available represents by far the most ever allocated at any one time, representing 50-times the bandwidth of the entire cellular spectrum. With 5 GHz of bandwidth available per channel,… more

Channel and Interference adaptive SATCOM Digital beam-former

Company: MaXentric Technologies LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: As the size, cost, and power consumption of digital signal processing platforms continue to drop and their performance improves, incorporating digital beam-former (DBF) designs into future SATCOM satellite payloads has become an increasingly attractive option. The advantages offered by… more

New wavefroms for anti-jam satellite communications

Company: MaXentric Technologies LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: MaXentric"s proposed Digital Chaotic Waveform Study (DC-WavS) will determine an optimal chaotic spread spectrum waveform for utilization in secure communications over the target Air Force SATCOM environments. The focus will be on chaotic signal generation schemes that are based on… more

Foil-Air Bearings for Small Gas Turbine Engines

Company: Mechanical Solutions, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: As new applications arise for small gas turbine engines, the need to advance engine component technologies becomes essential, since they are required to run faster, hotter, and longer. Particularly critical in this regard are the shaft bearings. Since they operate without lubricant, air foil… more

Rotating Machinery Health Monitoring

Company: Mechanical Solutions, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Mechanical Solutions Inc. is developing a general rotating machinery predictive maintenance (PDM) system called Sentry. The goal of the effort is to deploy the system on various machinery trains throughout Arnold Air Force Base. The generalized architecture of the system will also make… more

Nano-scale Coatings for the Protection of Electronics and Sensitive Equipment in Marine Environments

Company: NEI Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: We propose to advance the state-of-the-art of durable superhydrophobic coatings for application on printed circuit boards (PCBs) found on underwater vehicles exposed to hydrostatic pressures up to ~10 atm, corresponding to depths of ~100 meters in fresh or salt water, through a combination of… more

A novel process to produce air-stable core-shell nanoparticles for energetic applications

Company: NEI Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: It has been a challenge to realize the benefits of energetic metal nanoparticles due to the severe oxidation that occurs on the particle surface, which leads to significantly diminished performance during combustion. We propose to improve the energetic properties and air-stability of… more