Abstract:The sophisticated laser systems required for producing cold and ultracold matter represent a major complexity in the quest to transition cold atom sensor technologies from the lab to the harsh environments of the real-world. There is a substantial need for compact, robust, and easy-to-implement… more
Abstract:In recent years, the need for highly reliable, durable and non-intrusive systems for monitoring the health condition of naval structures becomes more and more recognized. Of particular importance is the condition based maintenance of Navy rotating machinery (motors, generators, pumps, gear systems,… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Phase II will leverage the success of Phase I, as well as integrate advances from internal programs, to scale up development of mid-bandgap (1.4 eV) chalcopyrite-based PV. We will optimize chemistries of the device, as well as enable increased temperature for reduced the defect density by… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Ionospheric scintillation and TEC are required by the IORD. We propose a GPS Autonomous Micro-Monitor ("GAMMA") that makes measurements of Ionospheric scintillation and TEC. GAMMA will be remotely deployable, such as on an ocean buoy or in a battlefield. It will send data to the… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The ionosphere has significant effects on DoD radio systems. The Air Force needs electric field measurements in order to nowcast and forecast ionospheric behavior. SBIR Topic AF112-083"Electric Field Instrument for Cube- or Nano-sized Satellites"called for the development… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The Air Force and other DoD organizations require accurate knowledge of the ionospheric environment to understand and predict its impacts on vital radio-based systems, including communications, navigation, and surveillance systems. The DoD has placed requirements in the IORD-II document… more
Abstract:This Phase II SBIR will create a new generation of position sensors with unprecedented performance in terms of dynamic range, accuracy, data rates and latency. Dramatic improvements in the performance of optical beam control systems for high precision pointing, tracking and lead-ahead targeting will… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The Joint Environment Toolkit (JET) Increment 2 architecture consists of servers at six globally distributed Operational Weather Squadrons (OWS). Each server must handle peak demand of weather analysis and forecast information from 30-40 Weather Flights (WFs, which provide tactical… more
Abstract:High-power electric propulsion with Hall thrusters has been proposed as a strong candidate for Electric Path missions, but conventional power processing units (PPUs) are complicated and the mass of the discharge power converters needs to be reduced. Direct Discharge Power Processing Units (DDUs)… more
Abstract:The United States Department of Energy is developing several devices to advance the development of fusion energy. Plans for future major fusion machines will undoubtedly utilize superconducting magnets which operate at 4K or below. Magnets for smaller fusion research devices may also be built… more
Abstract:NASA is keen on advancing technologies for lightweight composite cryotanks for heavy lift vehicles for future NASA missions. Two primary challenges must be overcome to enable the use of composite tanks for these new classes of heavy launchers. One is to develop novel, microcrack-resistant, polymer… more
Abstract:Up to 2700 terawatt-hours per year of geothermal electricity generation capacity has been shown to be available within North America, typically with wells drilled into geologically active regions of the earths crust where this energy is concentrated (Huttrer, 2001). Of this potential, about half is… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The DF & NN team proposes to provide automated space weather (SpWx) attribution tools to characterize abnormal events detected at operational sites using the DF & NN patented Enterprise Satellite-as-a-Sensor (E-SAS) system. The DF & NN Space Situational Awareness (SSA) fusion… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The current AF aircraft maintenance system has a high operational cost of unplanned, premature, and missed maintenance. The"red"operational anomaly detection thresholds are not adaptive to individual aircraft history nor to changes in operations causing"ringers"and… more
Abstract:Data Fusion Corporation (DFC) proposes the continued development of prototype, next-generation GPS interference detection, characterization and mitigation modules that can be incorporated into the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Software Defined Radio (SDR) or a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS)… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: As more and more advanced hypersonic weapons are developed, vehicle temperatures are expected to near 1250°K (977°C); as flight times increase, these temperatures are expected to saturate the entire vehicle. Typically, forward-looking RF and IR sensors are collocated in the same… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: As airborne sensors become more prolific and sophisticated, the amount of data they produce overwhelms the current ability to offload that data based on the meager performance of ground station terminals. A high gain antenna supporting Ka-Band sensor data offload and Command and Control… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: In order to provide modular, scalable, and flexible operational capabilities for future Joint Aerial Layer Networks, FIRST RF proposes developing a small, lightweight, robust, multi-band antenna concept that can be adapted to provide customizable"pick-and-choose"options,… more
Abstract:In this Phase II.5 effort, FIRST RF will fabricate and test, an Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) based radar system that is suitable for both collision avoidance and advanced antisubmarine warfare (ASW) sensors on unammaned aerial systems (UAS). After completion of ground and flight testing of… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: As future DoD budgets become more cost constrained, delivering high performance payloads in a smaller stowed package to leverage the capabilities of smaller, less costly launch vehicles becomes paramount. The performance of optical payloads is driven by physics. At a first order the… more
Abstract:Gasification technologies convert coal and biomass into synthesis gas feed streams that can either be used as a fuel for highly efficient power generation cycles or converted into value-added chemicals and transportation fuels. However, coal-derived synthesis gas contains a myriad of contaminants… more
Abstract:TDA Research, Inc. is developing a compact, low power, Next-Generation Exercise Device (NGRED) that can generate any force between 5 and 600 lbf. We use a closed loop control system and a servo motor to smoothly and accurately simulate the gravitational and inertial loads of lifting a weight on… more
Abstract:A spacecraft thermal control system must keep the vehicle, avionics and atmosphere (if crewed) within a defined temperature range. Since water is non-toxic and good for heat transport, it is typically used as the coolant that circulates within the crew cabin boundary. This loop then interfaces with… more
Abstract:Diode-pumped alkali laser systems (DPALS) are under development for high-energy laser defense systems due to their extremely high theoretical optical efficiency, efficient thermal management, and comparatively small footprint. However, traditional antireflection coatings for the optics used in the… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The surfaces of rocket engines are exposed to high pressure combustion products at temperatures up to 6000°F. Regenerative cooling can cause coke to form on the heat exchanger surfaces and the intention to reuse engines creates the potential for excessive coke accumulation, reduced… more
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