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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 Guided Wave Phased Array Scanner for Inspection of ICBM Silo Walls

    SBC: Fbs, Inc.            Topic: AF181009

    Existing inspection techniques for corrosion detection and wall thickness monitoring on ICBM silo walls are highly inefficient. Guidedwave (FBS, Inc. d.b.a. Guidedwave) has developed a revolutionary guided wave phased array (GWPA) ultrasound technology for the efficient inspection of large-area structures for plate and weld defects. The patented GWPA technology performs rapid 360-degree volumetric ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  3. Satellite Identification, Tracking, and Health for Position Navigation and Timing (SITH-PNT)

    SBC: NOKOMIS, INC            Topic: AF182002

    GPS denial is a growing threat to military and civilian operations around the world, both through active jamming and through anticipated failure of an aging GPS satellite constellation. While active jamming can be circumvented with specialized circuitry, obtaining position, navigation, and timing (PNT) during satellite failure remains an unsolved and growing problem. In collaboration with AFRL per ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  4. Theater Weather Imaging and Cloud Characterization Sensor (TWICCS)

    SBC: Brandywine Photonics, LLC            Topic: AF171073

    Theater Weather Imaging and Cloud Characterization Sensor (TWICCS) payload for the MetNet-1 Small Satellite will demonstrate the capabilities of a push-frame, multispectral imager in acquiring high quality weather data covering from the Visible through Longwave Infrared. Data products supported include Theater Weather Imaging products (ie. discrimination of ground fog, dust, and smoke, etc.) and C ...

    SBIR Phase II 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. 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
  8. 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
  9. A Novel Process Modeling Framework for Linear Friction Welding

    SBC: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.            Topic: AF181051

    Welding of aerospace structural components is an expensive process due to high material cost of titanium alloys, energy consumption, and CO2 emissions. Linear friction welding (LFW) is a solid state process of joining materials together through frictional contact. Due its several advantages like absence of solidification defects and additional heat source, the technique is increasing attracting at ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  10. 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
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