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Resource-Aware Planning for Shadowed and Uncertain Domains

Company: Astrobotic Technology, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Discovery of frozen volatiles at the lunar poles is transformative to space exploration. In-situ resources will provide fuel to support far-reaching exploration and enable commercial endeavors. While satellite data supports presence of polar ice, driving and drilling must confirm presence, determine… more

HCI and C2 for Autonomous Air Evacuation of Casualties

Company: Neya Systems, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Fixed wing UAVs such as the Predator, Global Hawk, and Shadow have become invaluable C4ISR and force projection assets. They have acted as force multiplers, have reduced risk to human personnel, and have enabled new tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs). Use of Vertical Takeoff and Landing… more

Adaptive multi-sensor wide area situational awareness system

Company: Neya Systems, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Confronted by a vast quantity of data, presented piecemeal, sporadically and at varying levels of detail, the human analyst is often overwhelmed when trying to effectively monitor even medium-sized areas of interest. Offline, there is a wealth of data, resolution, and time to pick through… more

Long-distance 3-D Reconstruction from EO/IR Imagery

Company: Neya Systems, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: The production of 3D models from aerial imagery has been an active research area for many years. Given sufficient image texture and a variety of divergent camera viewpoints, camera pose and scene structure are fully recoverable. Further, software for fully reconstructing a scene from an… more

Low cost printed electrodes for OLED lighting

Company: Plextronics Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) is a new emerging technology that is energy efficient and environment friendly lighting replacement for current lighting technologies such as incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes. As performance of OLEDs has improved over the last several years it has… more

Reduction of Burn Progression and Scar Contracture with Cytokine-Neutralizing Gels

Company: Washburn Therapeutics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Washburn Therapeutics Inc. is developing biologically active gels that control inflammation by selectively neutralizing pro-inflammatory cytokines based on a technology being licensed exclusively by the company from Carnegie Mellon University. Preliminary results demonstrated that conjugates of… more

Development of Manufacturing Technology for the Practical Application of Specialized and Environmentally Sensitive Nutrients, Enzymes, Immune-Stimulating Compounds and Biologics to Aquafeeds

Company: Zeigler Bros, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOC / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: In an effort to support the development of a domestic marine aquaculture industry, Zeigler Bros. Inc., (ZBI) proposes to continue its Phase I research by demonstrating the ability to scale up inclusion particle (IP) manufacturing. During Phase II ZBI will also demonstrate the efficacy of IOs for… more

Silent Cooling Technologies for Submarine Electronics

Company: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) proposes to develop a thermal management system for cabinet cooling that focuses on the use of silent and primarily passive cooling methods. The passive cooling methods selected have inherently low thermal resistances and will allow the ultimate heat sink to… more

Waste Heat Recovery of Rocket Motors for Reduction of Battery Weight

Company: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: This proposal describes a program by Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) that will develop a missile engine waste heat recovery system for recharging the batteries of a missile. The proposed system will use heat pipes to transfer the waste energy from the insulation around a missile engine. … more

Thermal Enhancements for Separable Thermal Mechanical Interfaces

Company: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: The purpose of the proposed SBIR program is to develop a thermally enhanced, separable thermal mechanical interface (STMI) that aims to significantly enhance heat transfer by providing a direct thermal path from the high power density components to the heat sink. In the current… more

Fast-Payback Polymeric Solar Water Heaters with Controlled Heat Transfer

Company: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Solar water heaters are an efficient means to harvest energy from the sun to heat water for domestic use (i.e. bathing, washing dishes, etc.). However, the current solar water heating systems cost approximately $133/ft2 and have a payback period of 7-10 years, including incentives and rebates,… more

Methodology Development of Atomistically-Informed Chemical Kinetics Model for Rubber Composite Materials

Company: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase 1 project will develop a novel methodology to build atomistically-informed chemical kinetics models for oxidation and pyrolysis in particulate filled-rubber composite materials. In Navy operations, these materials are widely used under extreme… more

Thermoelectric Integrated Heat Exchanger for E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

Company: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) proposes an innovative heat exchanger integrated with thermoelectric devices to achieve 10-15 kW additional cooling capacity to the current Liquid Cooling System (LCS) aboard the E2-D Advanced Hawkeye. The proposed heat exchanger will reduce the cold side… more

Low Cost Radiator for Fission Power Thermal Control

Company: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) is developing fission power system technology for future space transportation and surface power applications. The early systems are envisioned in the 10 to 100kWe range and have an anticipated design life of 8 to 15 years with no maintenance. A non-nuclear system… more

Innovative High Temperature Heat Pipes for Spacecraft Nuclear Fission Systems

Company: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: NASA Glenn is examining small fission reactors for future space transportation and surface power applications. The reactors would have an 8 to 15 year design life and should be available for a 2020 launch to support future NASA science missions. Both 1 kWe thermoelectric and 3 kWe Stirling systems… more

Thermal Management Improvements for Transmit/Receive Modules

Company: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop and demonstrate a thermal ground plane (TGP) technology with improved manufacturability and reliability over previous technology generations. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. is developing ultra low thermal resistance and… more

Selective Stabilization of Aluminum Nanoparticles for Combustion Enhancement of Liquid Fuels

Company: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project proposes to enhance the combustion energy of liquid propellants via addition of stabilized aluminum nanoparticles. Aluminum oxidizes readily to create aluminum oxide and releases 30% more heat per unit volume than kerosene.… more

Peridynamics Based Multiscale Modeling of Damage in Thick Composites

Company: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Fiber reinforced composites are attractive for several light-weight defense and aerospace applications. However, their inherent anisotropy and complex failure mechanisms limit their use in high-performance structures or components. In order to accurately predict the damage behavior and durability of… more

Development of Atomistically-Informed Peridynamics Framework for Corrosion Fatigue Damage Prediction

Company: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Corrosive environments together with cyclic loading can lead to the formation of localized corrosion pits and corrosion fatigue cracks, which can significantly deteriorate the structural integrity of aircraft components. The exact nature of corrosion fatigue damage is dependent on the competing… more

SBIR Phase I: Temporal Geocoder: A Collaborative Software Tool for Connecting Historical Materials with Contemporary Place

Company: Avencia Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: The innovation is a new approach to structuring, collecting and using historical geospatial data that will make it possible to rapidly assign a geographic location for text descriptions appearing in historic documents. Geospatial location is a critical element of most documents, and historical… more

Advanced high temperature ceramic capacitors for energy storage applications

Company: TRS Ceramics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: High temperature reliability is needed to design distributed power conditioning systems in next generation, high power density SiC and GaN-based electronics. New high energy density capacitors are needed to reduce the volume and weight of power conditioning modules and high temperature reliability… more

Cost-Effective Technologies for Fabrication of PiezoCrystal Vector Velocity Sensors

Company: TRS Ceramics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: We propose to develop cost-effective velocity vector sensor technology by reducing costs to the accelerometers within the device. By optimizing both crystal and hardware, single crystal materials costs can be reduced. TRS will also evaluate assembly of sub-structures to reduce labor through… more

Compact Single Crystal Omnidirectional Acoustic Source for Countermeasures

Company: TRS Ceramics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: TRS proposes to develop a countermeasures transducer of approximate spherical shape from single crystal piezoelectrics from one of two designs. Using the advantages of different crystal modes, TRS can leverage knowledge from similar programs based on cylinders to produce small, high power and… more

Situational Awareness with Layered Visualizations for Operators of Unmanned System Aggregates (SALVO-USA)

Company: CHI Systems, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: As deployed UxVs and the range of their applications continue to increase, the responsibility of the UxV operator has likewise shifted to encompass simultaneous control of an aggregate of multiple vehicles from multiple warfare domains. In this new aggregated paradigm, replanning, retasking, and… more

Atmospheric Environmental Metrology for Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR) Sensor Flight Test

Company: Clear Align LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: We propose to evaluate the factors in a differential-absorption lidar system for remote monitoring of trace gases.