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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY20 is not expected to be complete until September, 2021.

  1. Evaluation of Rotating Detonation Rocket Engines for Booster or Upper Stage Launch Vehicles: The Next Step Towards Flight Development

    SBC: GHKN Engineering, LLC            Topic: AF181030

    Having previously designed, built and successfully tested a Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine (RDRE), GHKN Engineering proposes to evaluate the feasibility of RDRE technology for boost or upper stage propulsion for launch of small satellites to LEO. RDREs represent an innovative new rocket technology that harnesses the potential of continuous detonation combustion in elegant, compact, annular desi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  2. Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) for Moderate Data Rate Communications (MMDR)

    SBC: W5 TECHNOLOGIES INC            Topic: AF171043

    The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) is designed to replace UHF SATCOM with enhanced capacity and performance, modern crypto and modern protocols. The MUOS waveform is being ported to a number of software defined radios (SDRs) that will soon be fielded and capable of utilizing the MUOS network of geosynchronous satellites and ground transport. Once these radios are in place, the process of movi ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  3. Uniformed Aeroelastic ROM Realization Across Flight Parameter Space for Dynamic Flight Simulation

    SBC: Zona Technology, Inc            Topic: AF161026

    The technical objective of the Phase II project is to develop the production-ready Dynamic Flight Simulation (DFS) system using the F-15 Saudi as a testbed and validate it with the F-15 Saudi flight test data. The key element in the DFS system is the Reduced-Order-Model (ROM)-based aeroelastic solver with an embedded aerodynamic forces database that is generated by a steady Navier-Stokes solver an ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  4. High Performance Radiation Hardened Solar Power

    SBC: REGHER SOLAR LLC            Topic: AF181040

    Reducing degradation of solar arrays is critically important for Orbital Transfer Elements (OTE). Currently used III-V solar cells suffer from radiation induced degradation.In this project we propose novel ultrathin bifacial silicon solar cells for OTE, which are rad-hard, enabling low degradation, and reducing the cost both in $/W and $/kg by a factor of 10 compared to III-V cells.Ultrathin bifac ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Rapid construction of 3-D Satellite models from limited amounts of 2-D imagery

    SBC: Hart Scientific Consulting International LLC            Topic: AF181020

    The space domain plays a vital role in commercial, scientific and defense endeavors. Continued safe access to and use of space demands an increased awareness of the capabalities of satellites on orbit and an ability to detect changes that may indicate status and health or operator intent. The proposed research will address this challenge by studying how to rapidly and automatically extract 3D info ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  8. Low-Cost Innovative Connections for Broadband Photonic Devices

    SBC: Norcon Technologies, LLC            Topic: AF181055

    Advanced R&D breakthroughs in integrated photonics, in parallel with the launch of the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing: Photonics (AIM Photonics), make feasible the production of manufacturable photonic integrated circuits (PIC).Presently, however, PICs are limited primarily to a small wavelength region (near 1550nm) dictated by telecom needs, or rely on glass waveguide technology that does n ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  9. Broadband Fiber Optic Components for DoD Applications based on Tellurite Glass Fibers

    SBC: N.P. PHOTONICS, INC.            Topic: AF181055

    Development of passive optical fibers and fiber-based components for transport and distribution of laser energy between optical components and around an optical platform would be a great advance in laser and optical system design. Particularly compelling would be fibers and fiber-based functional elements capable of transmitting laser power with low loss over a wide wavelength range from UV to LWI ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  10. Ultra-lightweight Lubrication Free Hybrid Carbon Composite Ring-less Piston Engines for Remotely Piloted Aircraft

    SBC: ATS-MER, LLC            Topic: AF181034

    Lightweight high performance engines capable of operating on multiple fuels are a strategic requirement for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs). Seals for reciprocating piston engines are of particular importance. Heretofore, very lightweight all carbon-carbon (C-C) composite engines in a ring-less piston configuration were developed, fully demonstrated and utilized in lightweight vehicle racing. Thi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
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