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:FIRST RF has developed a revolutionary new dual band SATCOM antenna that provides greater than hemispherical field of view with a very low profile. The solution combines mechanical pointing with electrical pointing to support communication links over a full hemisphere while maintaining a very low… more
Abstract:This project aims to further develop the technology of frequency stabilized lasers for microwave generation, laser radar and other precision measurement applications. The goal is to decrease the noise floor of the stabilized laser to ~ 6 x 10^-16 at 1 s, and improve operational robustness to allow… 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:Emerging infrared (IR) sensor assets will play a crucial role in creating a robust and flexible Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) because they are more easily deployed in forward-based and/or space-based environments, providing coverage of threats beyond the range of terrestrial sensors, and… 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:Decontamination of chemical and biological threats demands a very reactive solution. It is ideal to generate the decontaminants on-site: the activated decontaminant is highly reactive and quickly destroys chemical and biological warfare agents; prior to activation the ingredients can be safely… more
Abstract:Due to its favorable combustion properties, aluminum is the material of choice in metalized nanoparticle formulations for energetic materials; however, the full potential of aluminum nanoparticles has not been realized due to the presence of a nascent oxide layer (Al2O3) that surrounds the… more
Abstract:Marine-grade aluminum alloys (5XXX-series) are increasingly being used in naval combatants because they have high strength and high corrosion resistance. In order to decrease weight, these corrosion resistant marine-grade aluminum alloys are not painted with the conventional primer and low solar… more
Abstract:The respiration of fresh fruits and vegetables (FF & amp;V) converts oxygen from the surrounding air into carbon dioxide, moisture and ethylene. While ethylene is used under controlled conditions as a ripening agent, the presence of even small amounts of ethylene gas in shipping and storage… 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
Abstract:There is a need for condition monitoring sensors capable of function in the harshest environments associated with advanced power systems that will: directly contribute to improving system control, protect capital equipment investment, and promote safety through prevention of catastrophic… more
Abstract:Sporian Microsystems Inc. has spent the last several years developing polymer derived SiCN sensor and associated packaging technology for application temperatures up to 1350 & #176;C, and demonstrated them in the combustion environments of a range of commercial burner rigs and aerospace turbine… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: There has been a strong desire in the turbine engine and thermal protection systems communities to measure surface parameters (such as temperature/pressure) in tight spaces within the engine system using conformal sensors. This type of sensor, prescribed in areas such as turbine and… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: There is a growing demand for high-temperature pressure sensors for use in extreme temperature environments such as aircraft gas turbine combustion control. What is needed are reliable"smart"pressure sensors capable of measuring combustor/exhaust pressures (0 to 700 psi) at… more
Abstract:Currently, the Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS) resupply doctrine is hazardous to Marines and the transport aircraft (MV-22 or CH-53) as it potentially exposes Marines and aircraft to enemy hostilities for a significant duration of time as 120mm mortar ammo is unloaded manually from the… more
Abstract:The successful operation of the Department of Energy (DOE) next generation X-ray light sources and accelerator facilities depends on developing reliable photocathodes with long lifetime for production of low emittance, high-brightness, high-average current electron beams. Experiments have already… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: We propose to develop extremely compact and rugged laser systems for emerging cold-atom-based sensors of time, gravity, and inertial forces. This phase II will provide complete and disruptive cold-atom laser / electro-optic control systems. We will design and build distributed Bragg… more
Abstract:Vescent Photonics proposes to develop new electro-optic (non-mechanical) laser scanners with unprecedented cost and Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP), thereby enabling use on a variety of previously inaccessible platforms (e.g., soldier mounted, UAV/MAV, UGV, micromunitions, and more). The Vescent EO… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: This SBIR Phase I project is targeted at the development of a novel ultracapacitor using ionic liquid electrolytes. Commercially available ultracapacitors exhibit high power density, in excess of 6000 Wh/kg, but relatively low energy density of under 10 Wh/kg. Boulder Ionics proposes to… more
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