Abstract:ABSTRACT: The innovation in this proposed Phase I SBIR program is the development of a new type of top subcell for a novel, all-lattice-matched multijunction solar cell. The proposed structure will achieve a much higher end-of-life power conversion efficiency, in conjunction with a greatly… more
Abstract:Conventional indoor environmental monitoring technologies are expensive, cumbersome to install and maintain, and do not provide the distributed granularity required to capture the necessary details for efficient energy management of commercial buildings. Developments in wireless sensor networks… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Structural monitoring of the landing gear of fixed and rotary wing aircraft is of critical importance to the Air Force. These structures are subjected to repeated large dynamic loads that are highly variable in nature. In order to track these structures"fatigue over time, the… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This is a proposal to conduct a multi-center, double-blind, sham-controlled partial cross-over interventional study to test safety and efficacy of our novel tinnitus therapy. The tinnitus field generally accepts that elevated synchronous spontaneous activity in… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The U.S. Air Force has identified out-of-autoclave (OoA) materials as vital to achieving fast and affordable manufacturing for future military platforms. OoA materials are anticipated to deliver a 30-40% cost advantage over conventional autoclave materials, however several hurdles remain… more
Abstract:Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are being transformed from stand-alone assets to nodes in a network of interconnected knowledgeable entities in the operating environment working to enhance decision-making and collaboration in intelligence collection and precision strike missions. There is a… more
Abstract:A MEMS GyroCompass is proposed which utilizes two novel mechanizations for achieving drift-free sensor operation and for simultaneously detecting North and Azimuth to the target. The unit is expected to be smaller than an iPhone and easily mountable on a hand-held laser range finder. Its operation… more
Abstract:The objective of this proposal is to design and develop UHF Satellite communications (SATCOM) circular polarized antennas using advanced metamaterials to achieve high gain performance with smaller dimensions (i.e., size and weight). The metamaterials we propose belong to a class of… more
Abstract:Naval aircrafts are covered with many antennas for VHF/UHF Line-of-sight communications, UHF SATCOM, L-band, and GPS functions. The blade type antennas employed have limited bandwidths. Low-profile cavity-backed antennas will require hull penetration inside the aircraft. Thus, the objective of this… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The military have been challenged to find ways of effectively shielding sensitive electronic equipment from electromagnetic interference (EMI) without adding a lot of weight to satellites (the more massive they are, the more fuel they need to achieve orbit). Copper wiring comprises… more
Abstract:The Department of Defense is continually looking for opportunities to reduce the weight of fixed-wing aviation assets. Reduced weight translates to a number of significant economic and operational benefits. One area of significant opportunity for increased weight savings is wiring, which is based on… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Carbon nanotubes form conductive composites at such low loading ratios and thus could be a key component in EMI shielding and conductors for lightweight aircraft wiring. Compared to conventional metal-based materials, electrically conducting polymer composites has attracted interest due… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project proposes to develop novel approaches to water treatment that cost-effectively remove inorganic disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in water. These DBPs, known as oxyhalides, are typically associated with standard water disinfection methods but can… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as a promising new class of therapeutics for cancer. miRNAs are small, non-coding RNAs that determine cell fate by post-transcriptionally regulating the expression of a broad but nevertheless specific set of genes. miRNAs can… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Mirna Therapeutics, a Texas-based company, is developing non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) therapies using tumor suppressor miRNAs. This approach, miRNA replacement therapy , is based on the concept that re-introduction of miRNAs depleted in cancer cells… more
Abstract:Aircraft Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) programs are implemented by most of the aircraft operators. Vast amounts of FOQA data are distributed between many computers, organizations, and geographic locations. This project develops methodology for transforming such distributed data into… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant). Several leading authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), have identified asthma as a priority disease area, and have called for action to reduce chronic disability and premature death… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Researchers and contractors are under increasing pressure to produce rapid turnaround times for data releases and publications. Inadequate data management is a common threat to good research and impedes the quick release of high value data. Despite its importance… more
Abstract:Low pressure filtration and dewatering techniques for solid-liquid separation (SLS) of particulate material from dilute streams are of great importance in reducing the cost and energy consumption of processing materials in wide variety of food, water, pharmaceutical and energy related industries. … more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Each year in the US, approximately 600,000 total knee replacement (TKR) surgeries are performed at a total annual cost of 15B and nearly 4.5M Americans are currently living with a TKR implant. The survival rate of TKRdevices declines dramatically after ten years… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will establish proof of concept for enhancing fungal bioinsecticide to control bark beetles, important forestry pests. Although research shows potential of fungal insect pathogens as bark beetle bioinsecticides, no commercial products… more
Abstract:The proposed Wireless, passive, SAW sensor system operates in a multi-sensor environment with a range in excess of 45 feet. This proposed system offers unique features in two (2) important areas. The first is in the development of a new sensor type, a strain gauge that is based on OFC techniques and… more
Abstract:Mobile Intelligence Corporation (MIC) and Wayne State University propose a virtual teleoperation and visual landmark navigation system for UGV teleoperation in buildings, tunnels and caves. The challenge is search and navigation in complex structures with sparse visual cues, high-latency… more
Abstract:Teleoperation of high speed ground robots is very difficult. People use an enormous amount of proprioceptive cues to estimate safe travel speeds and compensate for motion jitter. Simply moving the controls off-board takes away those cues, and makes the task much harder. Worse, the reality of radio… more
Abstract:In order to provide the highest level Quality of Service (QoS) for both tracking and discrimination functions it is imperative that information from all sensors be associated correctly. Due to potential bandwidth, latency and timeline impacts, it may be necessary to limit downlinked Airborne… more
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