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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. Spectrum Localization for Improved Situational Awareness

    SBC: MAXENTRIC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC            Topic: AF17AT013

    MaXentric is developing a system architecture codenamed WATCHDOGS to improve situational awareness capabilities.The architecture includes a variety of sensor types including wideband RF receiver arrays, low-cost phased arrays, and inexpensive distributed receiver nodes.The measurements collected by the system are collaboratively processed to detect, classify, and track potential threats.MaXentric ...

    STTR Phase II 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  2. Mid-IR Meta-Lenses

    SBC: STRUCTURED MATERIALS INDUSTRIES, INC.            Topic: AF18AT005

    In Phase I of this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) will demonstrated high-efficiency mid-IR metasurface flat optics. We will use Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) to grow Lead Telluride (PbTe) on Barium Fluoride (BaF2) substrates to construct flat meta-lenses equivalent of cylindrical and aspheric lenses for mid-IR image ...

    STTR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  3. Development of a Fuel-Lubricated Bearing for UAV Engines

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: AF181035

    Small aerial unmanned vehicles (UAVs) are vital for a wide variety of military missions and have experienced increases in operational requirements that have outpaced their capabilities. The propulsion system is a key design constraint in any UAV, and current small gas turbines for these vehicles are limited by the conventional oil-lubricated rolling element bearings used to suspend their high-spee ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  4. Next Generation Satellite Transponder using Low-Cost Adaptive HPA Linearization Technologies

    SBC: MAXENTRIC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC            Topic: AF181041

    To meet the requirements for AF171_041, "Next Generation Satellite Transponder using Low-Cost Adaptive HPA Linearization Technologies," MaXentric proposes a solution that essentially utilizes the existing satellite hardware to implement adaptive bandlimited digital pre-distortion (DPD). The pre-distortion will work within the bandwidths of the existing hardware and does not require any new ADCs/DA ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  5. Robust Fuel Injectors for Combustion Instability Reduction

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: AF181026

    Combustion instability is an ongoing concern for military propulsion systems such as augmented gas turbine engines. Augmentor screech can limit the performance of military aircraft, and can cause durability issues or even catastrophic failure if it occurs. Modern augmentors have close-coupled fueling using simple round injectors to minimize manufacturing cost. In a jet-in-crossflow injector, liqui ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  6. Real-Time Thermal and 3-D Imaging in Gas Turbine Engines

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: AF181027

    Despite offering advantages to fields ranging from engine maintenance to engine development, a simple yet accurate system to inspect hot components in operating engines has been elusive due to the challenges of high operating speeds in a harsh environment. In the proposed project, Creare will develop an engine imaging system that will empower its users with real-time surface temperature and 3-D im ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  7. Hypersonic Dimensional Scanning System

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: AF181012

    Ablative coatings for hypersonics are tested at facilities such as the AEDC Range G and the Holloman High Speed Test Track. A test article is accelerated to velocity up to 18,000 ft/s in a relevant atmosphere and travels up to 10,000 ft. It is important to measure the coating erosion at multiple discrete points along the trajectory to characterize non-linear ablation response.Existing measurement ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  8. Efficient Hydrodynamic Ram Test Chamber

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: AF181014

    Ballistic impact on an aircraft fuel tank skin generates a pressure pulse in the fuel that can cause catastrophic structural damage by hydrodynamic ram (HRAM). The Air Force RAMGUN facility simulates this impulsive hydrodynamic loading for experimental testing of candidate structural joints. A projectile fired by a gas gun impacts one end of a water-filled chamber, launching a pressure wave that i ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  9. Externally Mounted Wide-range Saturated Steam Flow Meter

    SBC: DHPC TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: AF181008

    Technologies currently used for measuring steam mass flow rates have deficiencies that result in performance limitations and measurement errors.These limitations include the need for improved accuracy, inaccurate (or lack of) steam dryness assessment, and reliable operation over a limited range of flow turndown rates.Internally mounted meters alter the flow dynamics and are subject to corrosion, d ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  10. Radio Frequency (RF) Filter Tuning Element

    SBC: MAXENTRIC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC            Topic: AF18AT015

    To meet the requirements of AF18A-T015 solicitation, MaXentric and University of California San Diego are proposing the development of a low loss, high linearity tunable bank of varactors. The tunable capacitor is targeting a compact integrated design, capable of a tuning range up to 10:1, with a minimum Q of 75, and handling up to 20W CW. During phase I, the team will (1) optimize the losses and ...

    STTR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force

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