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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 June, 2020.

  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. Automated ICBM wall thickness measurements

    SBC: INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC MACHINES CORPORATION            Topic: AF181009

    The degree of corrosion for steel wall enclosures, buildings, tanks, and pipes can be inferred by measuring the thickness of the steel .Standard practice is for inspectors to use hand-held ultrasonic instruments that require the application of a couplant for acceptable measurements.This practice is very slow and laborious.For silos, an autonomous wall climbing system is proposed that uses an EMAT ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  3. Corrosion Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) in Confined Access Areas

    SBC: INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC MACHINES CORPORATION            Topic: AF181045

    NDE corrosion monitoring of steel vessels, tanks, walls, and pipes involve steel thickness measurements, often with hand-held ultrasonic instruments that require the application of a couplant material, that isslow and labor intensive.For this confined space application,IEM proposes a Rapid Corrosion Inspector (RCI) that uses EMAT sensor technology with a build in machine vision camera system to au ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  4. 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
  5. High Durability, Light Weight Bearings for Small Turbine Engines

    SBC: MOHAWK INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY, INC.            Topic: AF181035

    This proposed effort leverages MiTis DoD and commercial projects that directly address high performance, long life and low-cost, compliant foil bearing technologies for small gas turbine engines.The overall objective of this effort is to demonstrate the feasibility of developing compliant foil bearings that are suitable to high-speed, oil-free and gas turbine engines in the 200 lb thrust/200 SHP o ...

    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. Innovative Turbine Engine Propulsion Solutions for Class 3 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    SBC: MOHAWK INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY, INC.            Topic: AF181033

    This proposed effort leverages MiTis DoD and commercial projects that directly address high efficiency, low-cost, small gas turbine engines.The overall objective of this effort is to demonstrate the feasibility of developing a high-speed, oil-free and novel 50 SHP recuperated turboshaft engine.To achieve this overall objective MiTi will investigate different engine configurations that integrate it ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  8. 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
  9. High-Frequency Ionospheric Visualization Environment (High-FIVE)

    SBC: Northwest Research Associates, Inc.            Topic: AF181022

    In support of the Hi-FIVE effort in wideband HF communications, optimized frequency selection, and improved parametric settings for signal control, NWRA will employ our extensive HF propagation software capabilities.Given an ionosphere estimate from our GPSII code, informed by current measurements (including WSPRnet and other amateur-radio databases), we can efficiently characterize the propagatio ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  10. Development of Low-Temperature Copper Nanoinks for Flexible Electronics Manufacturing

    SBC: FLEXSURFACE, INC.            Topic: AF181059

    This Phase-I proposal addresses the need specified in Air Force 18.1 under the Topic Index of AF181-059 Low temperature copper inks for low-cost flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing.In contrast to the current use of silver inks which is high cost and often requires photonic or high-temperature sintering, the electronics developed around copper feature low cost and high conductivity but presen ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
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