Abstract:Ocean Farm Technologies, Inc. of Searsmont, Maine is proposing a NOAA Phase I SBIR feasibility study of an automated system for net pen manipulation to facilitate operations of proprietary AquaPodTM fish containment system. Automated manipulation of the AquaPodTM net pen will allow remote operation… more
Abstract:The goal of this Phase II project is to develop an automated detector system for real-time detection of aerosolized biowarfare agents. Our proposed detection system utilizes Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy as the agent identifier, where the main advantages of this approach are that… more
Abstract:Biofouling is a costly and serious problem for all types of aquaculture and with certain
types of shellfish, culture is highly vulnerable. Fouling organisms not only clog gear,
stopping water flow and food delivery, they can also settle and grow on the cultured
organisms themselves, causing reduced… more
Abstract:Unmanned underwater and surface vehicles are increasingly being used to provide persistent littoral surveillance and a wide array of autonomous operations. Autonomous maritime navigation with obstacle avoidance requires adherence to the U.S. Coast Guard and International Maritime Organization (IMO)… more
Abstract:Stabilized plant propagation media are used throughout the agricultural industry for mechanized
planting, to ease transplant and shipping of young plants and to increase efficiencies in
greenhouses and nurseries. Rynels Grow-Tech division manufactures a growing medium used by
foresters and… more
Abstract:On a worldwide basis, Maine is famous for its lobster and enjoys an inherent brand equity that is
unparalleled. Yet, no company has taken advantage of leveraging this perceived quality from a
mass marketing perspective. In its Phase II effort, Saltwater Marketing proposes to continue
developing a… more
Abstract:Forest biomass has the potential to provide environmentally-sustainable, carbon-neutral raw material for much of the nationÂ¿s energy and chemical synthesis needs. However, the drawback to the use of wood for chemical production and biofuels continues to be the complexity of producing separate… more
Abstract:This SBIR Phase II project addresses both the welding of butt joints in plate panels for ships and the manufacture of highly weight-efficient structural sandwich panels for shipbuilding applications. The Phase I project established the technical and financial viability of the Laser/Gas Metal Arc… more
Abstract:Next-generation endo/exoatmospheric hypersonic vehicles require durable thermal protection systems (TPSs) for leading edges, control surfaces and skin acreage that are resistant to impact damage. Multilayered material systems are in development to meet the TPS aero-thermal and mechanical attachment… more
Abstract:This SBIR effort will develop, design and fabricate an advanced composite Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) nosecone assembly which features a low-mass configuration, non-ablating thermal protection system and low-shock deployment system. This nosecone assembly will be designed to operate in the… more
Abstract:The current state of the art for routing electrical power and signal between missile defense booster inter-stages relies on post-missile assembly manual cable routing which is labor intensive, high cost, and prone to error. As interceptor technology continues to evolve, the requirement is for… more
Abstract:Carbon bonded carbon fiber (CBCF) insulating material is the basis for several highly successful NASA developed thermal protection systems (TPS). Included among these innovative TPS are: PICA, (phenolic impregnated carbonaceous ablator), TUFROC (Toughened Uni-piece Fibrous Reinforced… more
Abstract:Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and other military platforms are considering ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) for engine applications due to their potential for weight reduction and high temperature capability. The highly heterogeneous nature of fiber reinforced composites and their inherent porous… more
Abstract:Present supplies of rainbow smelt, both for live bait and human consumption, are provided, almost exclusively, by commercial harvest of wild populations. This project will develop alternative sources of rainbow smelt for the market and eventually reduce the harvest of wild populations. This project… more
Abstract:Advanced reentry vehicles desire extended time durations in oxidizing environments, at temperatures in the range of 3000°K. State of the art nosetip materials utilize a high density carbon/carbon (C/C) composite that has a carbide center core. Intermat has produced nosetip billets with a variety… more
Abstract:Many rural older adults are often forced to leave the homes in which they have raised families and lived for decades because they can no longer physically, financially, or emotionally maintain their homes. Until now, little attention has been focused on technological tools, social structures, and… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a novel recombinant vaccine for the control of viral nervous necrosis (VNN) of cultured Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) in New England and Atlantic Canada. The Atlantic cod nodavirus causes VNN which is characterized by the… more
Abstract:The goal of this project (Phase I ¿ III) is to develop a vaccine for the control of diseases in Atlantic cod caused by L. anguillarum and A. salmonicida. To accomplish this we have established the following sequential technical Phase I objectives: (1) identify bacterial growth conditions suitable… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The BROAD OBJECTIVE of this project is to produce a family of urgently needed quality controls for use in molecular Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) diagnostic tests. Quality controls are required by good laboratory practice and federal regulations to… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of a lateral field excited (LFE) acoustic wave immunosensor for the detection of the pathogenic bacteria, E. coli, in drinking water. Current methods of testing drinking water for E. coli have several major… more
Abstract:The goal of this Phase I effort is to investigate the feasibility of extracting at least 1.0 microgram of bacillus spores from the environment and presenting these spores in real-time to an FTIR spectrometer for detection. The identification of bacterial spores using FTIR spectroscopy has been… more
Abstract:This SBIR Phase I project proposal addresses the development of technology for cost effectively upgrading existing shipyard panel line stiffener-to-plate welding to a low-distortion hybrid laser process. The Phase I project establishes the technical and financial viability of the Laser/Gas Metal… more
Abstract:Lobster is sold today on a non-branded commodity basis with little regard for consumer desires and needs. The opportunity to build a Maine lobster brand is threatened by new Country of Origin regulations since today basic meat extraction practices take place primarily in Canada. Creating a brand of… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Our objective is to develop a new biomaterial, a salmon-derived fibrin gel, which will bridge injured CMS tissue, support and promote axonal sprouting and growth, and deliver neurotrophic factors and cells. In Aim #1 we will test the efficacy of salmon-derived… more
Abstract:The Modular Mission Planning Toolkit (MMPT) will support multiple autonomous undersea vehicles (AUVs), multiple environmental databases, and multiple warfare scenarios. The toolkit provides a plug-in modular framework to facilitate the creation of planning mission scenarios and will be able to… more
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