Abstract:ABSTRACT: As the need for new airborne RF sensing capability grows, Air Force warfighters are increasingly interested in employing conformal antennas to their aircraft. Because conformal antennas minimize the impact to the flight performance of aircraft, they offer the possibility to install a… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: For decades, very low frequency (VLF) links have been an important part of Air Force"s worldwide logistics infrastructure and response-coordination capability. With an increasingly-global proliferation of nuclear capability, Air Force faces an urgent need to update legacy VLF… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The current lack of a simple, low-cost, and high bandwidth communication system on C2ISR (Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) aircraft prevents the Air Force from realizing the full capability of its airborne reconnaissance and surveillance assets. The… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: High speed communication channels and tactical data links are becoming increasingly important for both military and commercial applications. The need for high speed inter-flight communication and data transfer is validated by the existence of the Intra-Flight Data Link (IFDL) for the… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: AFRL is poised to benefit from unlicensed 5 Ghz uplink and 5 Ghz downlink spectrum at V- and W-bands for SATCOM links for airborne ISR assets and the data products they generate, such as full motion video and EO/IR imagery and data. Prior to going operational with V/W SATCOM, it is… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: As intelligence and sensor systems become more complex, the amount of data being transferred increases. Naturally, this calls for a higher bandwidth communication backbone in the field. This demand has spawned a requisite for an airborne antenna supporting satellite communication at V/W… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The United States Air Force (USAF) has a need to upgrade communications systems on board Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV"s). Video monitoring of Launch Vehicles (LV"s) during all stages of orbit insertion provides invaluable information about the health and status of a… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: FIRST RF proposes a 4- and 7-element Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna (CRPA) covering the full L-band GNSS radio navigation spectrum, offering simultaneous anti-jam (A/J) and situational awareness (SA) functionality. Both the 4- and 7-element configurations are backwards compatible… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Future SATCOM payload antennas need to provide much greater spot beam control flexibility. Currently deployed systems utilize phased array fed dishes limiting the number of spot beams and gain since earth coverage is accomplished by limiting the number of beamwidths scanned. The solution… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The requirement for a MANPACK-compatible SATCOM terminal for Special Operations (SOF) and Tactical Air Control Parties (TACP) obviates a small, lightweight antenna system that can withstand the rigors of dismounted operation. The proposed antenna system combines a deployable reflector… 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:ABSTRACT: A major challenge and expense of developing electromagnetic sensors is the custom hardware required to generate and receive electromagnetic waves. Radar sensors generate and receive electromagnetic waveforms through custom signal processing hardware called a Receiver / Exciter (REX). The… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project seeks to develop a framework for a unified Computer Aided Engineering software for the design of systems that obtain their functionality through material compliance. The first element required in this software is an interface that… more
Abstract:FTT has designed, built, and tested a prototype of their Miniature Actuating Guided Nozzle Mechanism (MAGNM) for use with DACS thrusters. FTT"s MAGNM is a passive nozzle extension that surrounds the DACS thruster on a guide tube. When ready to deploy the nozzle extension, inert gas or… more
Abstract:Rotating-to-static seals are critical components of all gas turbine engines. The seals can significantly affect the efficiency, operability, and durability of a gas turbine engine. As such, any improvements to these seals are highly desirable. Improvements may come in the form of reduced leakage… more
Abstract:Cryogenic engines for in-space propulsion require innovative technologies to provide long-life, lightweight, and reliable turbopump designs. One area open for improvement is seals for rotating-to-static hardware. Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc. (FTT) is proposing the use of a floating seal for… more
Abstract:Pressure gain combustion has the potential to significantly improve the specific fuel consumption for gas turbine engines by realizing a pressure rise through the combustor as opposed to a pressure drop. One drawback to this form of combustion is the cycl
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Liquid rocket propulsion systems require the use of high pressure LOX, and therefore have the need for LOX compatible materials. This is especially true in LOX turbopumps, which have inducers, impellers, discharge volutes, and housings exposed to or submerged in LOX. The high pressures… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The future of gas turbine engines needed for propulsion and power in small unmanned military aircraft will hinge on the ability to enhance the efficiency for low fuel burn while maintaining world-class performance. Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc. (FTT) is currently developing… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): There is increasing interest in the exposure science field in top-down approaches to studying human environmental exposures (the exposome), where toxicants of interest are profiled within the body through blood and/or other biological samples. Such studies would… more
Company:Area I, IncAgency/Program/Year/Phase:DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The Area-I team propose to leverage their expertise to develop an extended-endurance Air-Launched, Tube-Integrated Unmanned System (ALTIUS). ALTIUS, meaning"higher"in Latin, will provide a paradigm shift in the performance of small, tube-launched remotely piloted aircraft (RPA).… more
Company:Area I, IncAgency/Program/Year/Phase:NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract:The Area-I team has developed and flight tested the unmanned Prototype-Technology Evaluation and Research Aircraft or PTERA ("ptera" being Greek for wing, or wing-like). The PTERA flew successfully during Phase I of this program, and stands to enhance the already capable NASA Aeronautics… more
Company:Area I, IncAgency/Program/Year/Phase:NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract:The main goal of this work is to design, implement, and demonstrate a guidance and mission planning toolbox for air-launched, unmanned systems, such as guided dropsondes, sonobuoys, or surveillance aircraft, with the primary goal of enabling users to more effectively achieve mission goals by… more
Company:Area I, IncAgency/Program/Year/Phase:NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract:Area-I, Incorporated personnel have led the design, fabrication, and flight testing of twelve unmanned aircraft and one manned aircraft. Partnered with NASA and Boeing, Area-I has developed the unmanned Prototype-Technology Evaluator and Research Aircraft or PTERA ("ptera" being Greek for… more
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