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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until April, 2020.

  1. Rapid Combustion Driven High Pressure Powder Compaction of Refractory Alloys and Dispersion Strengthened Composites for High Temperature Applications

    SBC: UTRON KINETICS LLC            Topic: MDA09T002

    This Phase I STTR effort will be focused on fabricating and scientifically characterizing Mo/Re (59 Mo-41 Re), and W-25Re alloys with other alloying additions such as small % of dispersion strengthening materials such as zirconia, hafnia, tungsten carbide, Hafnium (Hf), Zirconium, TaC, Hf-based carbides in select geometrical shapes using UTRON Kinetics''s innovative, and cost-effective Combustion ...

    STTR Phase I 2010 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  2. Payload Thermal Management Technology

    SBC: Aqwest LLC            Topic: MDA09020

    Aqwest proposes to investigate an innovative staged magnetocaloric refrigerator (SMCR) for thermal management of spacecraft payload electronics. SMCR offers a high-performance approach for thermal management of laser communication equipment and infrared (IR) sensors, while improving the overall payload energy efficiency and reducing its weight. The proposed project will leverage previous work by ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  3. Wideband Sub-Array Digital Receiver Exciter (DREX) Development and Packaging

    SBC: Azure Summit Technology, Inc.            Topic: MDA08028

    In a conventional phased array radar (PAR), analog beamforming networks reduce the entire array into a few combined beams (e.g., sum beam, difference beams) at X-band. Next generation PAR will use a hybrid approach, forming many subarray beams in analog, and then performing a second-stage of beamforming digitally. In analog beamforming systems, only a few DREX modules are needed for the entire rad ...

    SBIR Phase II 2010 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  4. Design Modified Commercial CMOS for MDA IR FPAs

    SBC: BFE Acquisition Sub II, LLC            Topic: MDA08013

    Foreign missile threat will increase as ballistic missile technology becomes available on an international scale. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) requires high performance, high sensitivity and low noise infrared sensors for space based sensing applications that operate in environments where radiation hardness is essential to mission operation. Radiation hard by design (RHBD) readout integrated circu ...

    SBIR Phase II 2010 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  5. Creation of a Global UV-VIS-IR Ocean Background Model That is a Function of Time, Location and Sea State

    SBC: COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS, INC.            Topic: MDA09035

    Next generation ballistic missile warning, defense and surveillance systems need to anticipate, through modeling and simulation, the background radiation of the battlespace environment, including geometries that intercept the ocean background. This objective requires prior knowledge of the environmental radiance conditions for development of optimal sensors and detection approaches. Much work has ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  6. Integrated UV/VIS/IR background phenomenology models for radiation transport system trades

    SBC: COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS, INC.            Topic: MDA08032

    The Ballistic Missile Defense System’s (BMDS’s) ability to detect and track enemy missiles against earth terrain backgrounds, including any intervening clouds, requires prior knowledge of the environmental radiance conditions to support the development of optimal sensors and detection approaches. There is a need for an architecture that efficiently and seamlessly unifies terrain and cloud mode ...

    SBIR Phase II 2010 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  7. Discrimination

    SBC: DECISIVE ANALYTICS CORPORATION            Topic: MDA08039

    We propose to create a discrimination engine for the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) based on the concept of manifold learning algorithms. Manifold learning algorithms have come to prominence within the computer vision community as a type of feature extraction algorithm which does not require specific features to be learned a priori. High dimensional sensor data is input to these algorit ...

    SBIR Phase II 2010 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  8. Active Sensor Materials and Process Technology Innovations

    SBC: FIBERTEK, INC.            Topic: MDA09011

    We propose novel, more compact and inexpensive active sensors designed to operate interactively with passive IR seekers to provide enhanced performance in a number of important missile defense scenarios. We have identified a new approach to laser radar (ladar) design that exploits emerging monolithic laser concepts to produce a highly integrated, easily manufactured ladar components designed for ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  9. Radar Multi-Beam Receive Arrays

    SBC: First RF Corporation            Topic: MDA09015

    The FIRST RF approach to multi-beam phased array antennas proposed for this phase I program uses innovative application of techniques traditionally used in communication networks in order to simultaneously perform RF analog beamforming of multiple beams simultaneously on a single RF manifold. The proposed methods are scalable to a large number of simultaneous beams, and are independent of both the ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  10. Calibration techniques for very large arrays

    SBC: First RF Corporation            Topic: MDA08030

    Phased array antenna systems are growing in use within military systems. These arrays of thousands of elements need precise control of the aperture distributions to meet requirements for gain, sidelobes, etc. Errors in these phase and amplitude distributions over time will degrade the performance of these apertures. FIRST RF favors simple concepts with little or no hardware impact that fully ch ...

    SBIR Phase II 2010 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency

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