Abstract:Space-based interferometry missions have the potential to revolutionize imaging and astrometry, providing observations of unprecedented accuracy. Realizing the full potential of these interferometers poses significant technological challenges, including the efficient maneuvering of multiple… more
Abstract:Nuclear reactors to support future lunar and Mars robotic and manned missions impose new and innovative technological requirements for their control and protection instrumentation. Long duration surface missions necessitate reliable autonomous operation, and manned missions impose the added… more
Abstract:Aurora's Integrally Stiffened SBCF Panel (ISSP) design and manufacturing approach is a replacement for honeycomb panels. It relies upon the unique forming capability provided by Stretch Broken Carbon Fiber (SBCF), which is unidirectional, collimated short carbon fiber filaments in a prepreg tape… more
Abstract:Given the vulnerability of the GPS system to intentional or hostile denial of service, it is imperative that the U.S. military develop technologies that provide robust navigation solutions that do not rely on GPS data. To achieve this capability, Aurora and MIT have teamed to develop the Integrated… more
Abstract:Aurora Flight Sciences and the MIT Aero-Astro Department have been jointly developing the human interfaces and underlying automation for a planning system that enables a field operator to command a team of UAVs to perform operations consistent with expeditionary missions. During Phase II, these… more
Abstract:The increased use of composite materials in aircraft structures has provided airframe manufacturers with greater design flexibility for the production of large highly-loaded structural members with complex geometries. The main constraint on the ability to fabricate large composite aircraft… more
Abstract:TBDThere is interest in unmanned aircraft that can be deployed to a target via unconventional means and operate at high altitudes for extended periods. A key technology required for such an aircraft is a propulsion system capable of providing the required thrust while meeting stringent requirements… more
Abstract:Aurora Flight Sciences proposes to continue its development of algorithms for the cooperative tasking of teams comprised of multiple, disparate unmanned vehicles performing a variety of littoral search, inspection, and force protection missions. Aurora will continue to address real-world issues… more
Abstract:Aurora Flight Sciences is developing an integrated system for guidance of micro air vehicles (MAVs) through cluttered environments using vision and sonar: the Panoramic Avoidance and Navigation using OPTics Integrated with Sonar (PANOPTIS) system. The three key elements of our cluttered guidance,… more
Abstract:Autonomous Innovations Inc. (AII) proposes to develop a novel comprehensive monitoring system for motorcycles that will monitor vehicle miles traveled (VMT), as well as a varity of physical measurements, to understand the exposure and factors in the increased numbers of accidents among motorcycles… more
Abstract:There is an urgent need for a man-transportable EOD robot which can quickly traverse the distance between its operator and the suspected UXO, perform manipulation tasks requiring high dexterity, and then quickly return. This proposal describes an innovative solution to this need called 'Taz'. Taz… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The main objective of this SBIR Phase I research is to develop and test a software prototype. The prototype will lead to a software product. It will be a clinical tool that helps clinicians to assess the condition of pa
tients who are at risk of or who have… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Indocyanine Green (ICG) and Sodium Fluorescein (SF) are fluorescent dyes used clinically in eye fundus imaging, primarily for detecting vascular abnormalities in the retina and choroid, which is the layer behind the ret
ina. It is used with the Heidelberg Retinal… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Diabetes mellitus afflicts 20.8 million people, or 7% of the population, in the United States. Fifteen percent, or 2.4 million people, will develop diabetic foot ulcers in their life time. Diabetic foot ulceration and i
nfections are a major cause of… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Despite its prevalence, current treatment options are limited and surviving stroke is still associated with serious morbidity issues. The most recent ther
apy for ischemic stroke, Alteplase, was… more
Abstract:Superconducting radio frequency (SRF) power couplers are used to introduce RF power into evacuated accelerating cavities typically operating at a few degrees Kelvin. These couplers are historically a problematic component that adversely affects the cost and reliability of the entire accelerator… more
Abstract:This proposed project is for the experimental operation and performance review of a pilot-scale anaerobic digester and effluent treatment system for small dairy farms. This would be one of the first digesters built on a dairy farm with a herd size of 50-100 heads. Although digesters are considered… more
Abstract:Avenda Systems proposes a voice over IP security architecture and solution called VoIP Inter-domain Security Architecture (VISA). VISA system will provide the architectural foundations to secure voice traffic within a security domain (intra-domain) and across a security domain (inter-domain). This… more
Abstract:AVID LLC, in partnership with Dr. Rick Lind of the University of Florida, proposes development of an integrated design suite for flapping wing MAVs. Such a tool fills a void present in the existing MAV development process, where new concepts are rarely subject to rigorous engineering analysis and… more
Abstract:AVID LLC and Profs. Neu, Philen, and Stilwell of Virginia Tech propose development of an artificial fish using Flexible Matrix Composite actuator technology for propulsion and control. This innovative approach to fin actuation uses structurally integrated hydraulic actuators to avoid the losses… more
Abstract:The focus of this proposal is the aftermath of a successful missile intercept, where the resulting fragments fall toward land or sea. This study will develop an approach to quantify shape parameters in a useful way to feed to a designed algorithm set governing lift and drag. The goal will be to… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia in the elderly, with more than 4.5 million Americans currently suffering from the disease. Clinical management of AD is complicated by lack of effective meth
ods for early and accurate diagnosis of the… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Dementia, with its most prevalent subforms Alzheimer's disease (AD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and vascular dementia, is a very substantial medical and societal problem. The emergence of many drugs and drug can
didates that interfere with the disease… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Dementia associated with PD (PDD) is common (affecting up to 80% of patients long-term) and highly disabling. Informative biomarkers are urgently needed to understand the pathology of PDD, to improve the early detection
of cognitive deficits and to facilitate… more
Abstract:While Strike Force Interoperability (SFI) has long been a complex and challenging task that complexity is dramatically increasing. A number of factors account for this including the increasing integration and intercommunication of warfare systems components, the ad hoc and dynamic composition of… more
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