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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. Long Wavelength Acousto-optic Tunable Filters for Multispectral Imaging Applications

    SBC: AGILTRON, INC.            Topic: MDA04061

    Utilizing recently available exceptional mercurous chloride (Hg2Cl2) acousto-optic material having the largest known optical filter figure of merit, we propose to develop a state-of-the-art high speed and wide-bandwidth long-wavelength acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF). The proposed device has the desirable performance attributes of wide operating wavelength range, low optical loss, low power c ...

    SBIR Phase I 2004 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  2. Photonic Broad Band IR Scene Generator

    SBC: AGILTRON, INC.            Topic: MDA04031

    This proposal addresses a novel photonic approach to the high performance IR scene generator. The revolutionary design has intrinsic advantages of broadband, high apparent temperature, compactness, high spatial resolution, low background temperature and noise, high reliability, and low cost, as compared with the competitive approaches. The device design overcomes the major shortcomings of the curr ...

    SBIR Phase I 2004 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  3. Agile Engagement Planning

    SBC: ALPHATECH, INC.            Topic: MDA02017

    Our Phase I effort explored combining a Stochastic Dynamic Programming (SDP) solver with a Constraint Satisfaction Reasoning (CSR) system to provide an "agile" missile defense engagement planner. We demonstrated the ability to accept a missile defense problem formulation at run-time and execute the formulation using the SDP solver to select weapon allocations. The CSR component insures the feasi ...

    SBIR Phase II 2004 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  4. Extended Look-Ahead Sensor Management for Missile Defense with a Bayes Net Battle Model

    SBC: ALPHATECH, INC.            Topic: BMDO02010

    Our Phase I effort explored using Dynamic Bayesian Networks (DBNs) to predict results of sensor tasking in missile defense Sensor Resource Management (SRM). The DBN output was coupled with engagement planning analysis to take advantage of two proven approaches to improving missile defense SRM; integrating sensor allocation with weapon-target pairing and using extended look-ahead to make optimal u ...

    SBIR Phase II 2004 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  5. Optimized Management of Networked Sensors in the Presence of Communication, Collection, and Processing Latencies

    SBC: ALPHATECH, INC.            Topic: MDA04023

    We propose to develop algorithms to manage multiple networked sensors embedded in a system with significant latencies. Sources of latency can include limited bandwidth in communication channels; limited capabilities for processing collected data, especially imagery; and data collection times. Latencies must be accounted for by the sensor manager so that it can appropriately hedge. By using sens ...

    SBIR Phase I 2004 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  6. Dual-Band Infrared Image Fusion & Target Detection

    SBC: ALPHATECH, INC.            Topic: MDA04021

    A boost-phase intercept (BPI) system aims to destroy attacking intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) while the booster rockets are still burning and before they have deployed mid-course decoys or released their munitions. Detection and tracking of the incoming missile under changing atmospheric conditions is a significant challenge for the BPI system. Including a dual-band mid-wave infrared ...

    SBIR Phase I 2004 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  7. Distributed Object Discrimination for BMD

    SBC: ALPHATECH, INC.            Topic: MDA04011

    Object discrimination is one of the most important functions in ballistic missile defense since successful engagement and intercept of the warhead requires timely discrimination of lethal objects from decoys and other non-lethal objects. Multiple sensors exploiting diversity in phenomenology and viewing geometry can provide better discrimination information than a single sensor but exploiting this ...

    SBIR Phase I 2004 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  8. Infrared (IR) Multispectral Imager for the Next Generation EKV

    SBC: Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC            Topic: MDA04061

    We propose a new hyperspectral imaging technique based on a novel optical processor to enable the mid course characterization of a ballistic missile. The optical processor allows for the unprecedented capture of all three dimensions (two spatial and one spectral) of the data cube simultaneously. This device uses a 2-dimensional hyper-pixel array (HPA), that records the 2-D image and the spectrum ...

    SBIR Phase I 2004 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  9. Simple Colloid Thruster for Generating Precise Impulse Thrust

    SBC: Busek Co., Inc.            Topic: MDA04019

    For this Phase I SBIR, we propose to design, fabricate, and test a colloid thruster integrated with an on/off microvalve. The design leverages Busek's accumulated expertise in colloid thruster development, gained through NASA's ST7 project, toward developing a general-purpose, flexible, and miniaturized micropropulsion system. Busek has already demonstrated a flight-viable colloid thruster arc ...

    SBIR Phase I 2004 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency
  10. Sensor Network Optimization using Multi-Agent Negotiation (SNOMAN)

    SBC: Charles River Analytics, Inc.            Topic: MDA04023

    Missile defense takes place in an unpredictable, real-time environment and thus requires an adaptive approach to optimization that dynamically allocates sensors and their supporting resources in response to changing goals and constraints. Here, we propose a system for Sensor Network Optimization using Multi-Agent Negotiation (SNOMAN) to meet the challenge of this real-time resource allocation prob ...

    SBIR Phase I 2004 Department of DefenseMissile Defense Agency

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