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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. High Thrust-to-Power Electric Propulsion through Neutral Entrainment

    SBC: MSNW, LLC            Topic: AF11BT10

    ABSTRACT: State of the art Orbital Transfer Vehicle systems and GEO transfer missions require the demanding combined requirements of both high Thrust-to-Power (greater than 150 mN/kW) and high specific impulse (greater than 3000 s), all at constant power. The 9 kW PROTEAN system is a two-stage plasmoid thruster which adds secondary Neutral Entrainment (NE) to the ElectroMagnetic Plasmoid Thruster ...

    STTR Phase II 2014 Department of DefenseAir Force
  2. Ultra-High Density Ion Propulsion From Ionic Liquids

    SBC: Busek Co., Inc.            Topic: AF11BT10

    ABSTRACT: Busek Co. Inc. and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) propose to explore the physical limits of ionic liquid propulsion via development of new theory to explain effects of close packing emission density and to predict performance limits. The research is motivated by observations and tests demonstrating that emission from 2-dimensional porous surfaces yields order of magnitude g ...

    STTR Phase II 2014 Department of DefenseAir Force
  3. Nonequilibrium Plasma-Assisted Combustion-Efficiency Control in Vitiated Air

    SBC: COMBUSTION SCIENCE & ENGINEERING, INC.            Topic: AF13AT04

    ABSTRACT: The ability of plasmas to modify combustion has been known for more than 50 years. Recent advances in plasma generation technology and measurement diagnostics have led to extensive efforts to understand both the kinetics of the plasma-flame interaction and the enhancement of combustion properties such as ignition, extinction, flame speed and dynamics. Combustion Science & Engineering, ...

    STTR Phase I 2014 Department of DefenseAir Force
  4. High specific power and cost effective solar array for spacecraft, lighter than air vehicles, and UAVs

    SBC: SOLUXRA, LLC            Topic: AF13AT06

    ABSTRACT: The objective of this STTR proposal is to develop and demonstrate a radiation hardened organic-based solar array adaptable to nanosatellites which exhibits flexibility, variable topology, high specific power, and low cost. Organic photovoltaics (OPVs) represent a transformative technology with great potential for extremely high-throughput manufacturing at very low cost. They have the po ...

    STTR Phase I 2014 Department of DefenseAir Force
  5. SCALE-UP SYNTHESIS AND OPTIMIZATION OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE ELECTRO-OPTIC POLYMER SYSTEMS FOR ADVANCED PHOTONIC DEVICES

    SBC: SOLUXRA, LLC            Topic: AF11BT01

    ABSTRACT: High-performance organic electro-optic (OEO) polymers can enable the development of advanced EO technologies for achieving significantly reduced energy consumption and bandwidth enhancement in future information and communication technologies. One of the most critical steps in developing successful photonic technologies is to have high quality, reproducible materials that can be availab ...

    STTR Phase II 2014 Department of DefenseAir Force
  6. Optical Remote Detection of Low Level Earth Surface Vibrations

    SBC: Spectral Sciences, Inc.            Topic: AF12BT02

    ABSTRACT: Underground facilities can be used by rogue governments to conceal command-and-control and to manufacture weapons of mass destruction, and are an increasingly important operational challenge to U.S. military forces. Our objective is to determine improved methods of detection essential to address this critical intelligence need. Activity below the ground causes seismic surface waves th ...

    STTR Phase II 2014 Department of DefenseAir Force
  7. Scale up of EO polymers and their utilization in novel nano-imprinted sub-wavelength waveguide-based Modulators and Arrays

    SBC: TIPD, LLC            Topic: AF11BT01

    ABSTRACT: The Phase II technical objectives follow directly from the Phase I effort, where all tasks necessary for RF photonic receiver fabrication were demonstrated. The Phase II effort will pursue two major objectives: 1) further development of SEO100 EO polymer based chips, packaged devices and arrays in collaboration with University of Dayton (antenna designs), taking advantage of multiphoto ...

    STTR Phase II 2014 Department of DefenseAir Force
  8. Implementation of real-time high-resolution extended EUV solar spectral irradiance forecast

    SBC: Northwest Research Associates, Inc.            Topic: AF12BT11

    ABSTRACT: Thermospheric densities are critical in determining orbital drag for providing collision avoidance warnings for manned and unmanned spaceflight, accurately cataloging orbiting objects, predicting reentry times, and estimating satellite lifetimes, on-board fuel requirements, and attitude dynamics. One of the critical drivers to thermospheric density models is the extreme ultraviolet (EUV ...

    STTR Phase II 2014 Department of DefenseAir Force
  9. New learning technologies for exploitation of layered sensor data

    SBC: Longshortway Inc.            Topic: AF12BT14

    ABSTRACT: LongShortWay Inc, Boston University, and Applied Communication Sciences propose to develop a dynamic multi-sensor learning system that can adaptively detect target types and activities and schedule sensors to optimize the detection rate BENEFIT: Improved detection rate, increase field of view

    STTR Phase II 2014 Department of DefenseAir Force
  10. Novel Extended-Zone High Power WDM Couplers

    SBC: Q-PEAK INCORPORATED            Topic: AF13AT03

    ABSTRACT: High power and low insertion loss WDM components will be developed. In manufacturing WDM components, solid core fibers in both polarization insensitive and polarization maintaining, will be pursued, along with photonics crystal fiber components. A range of fiber sizes and device specifications will be developed and commercially offered by Q-Peak. The component that we propose to develo ...

    STTR Phase I 2014 Department of DefenseAir Force
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