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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 April, 2020.

  1. 20-kW Bismuth Hall Thruster with Evaporative Anode

    SBC: Aerophysics, Inc.            Topic: AF04198

    High-power Hall thrusters operating at high thrust-to-power ratios will consume and emit unprecedented amounts of xenon propellant. The inherent costs associated with xenon use have significantly hindered development of such devices. Metallic propellants, specifically bismuth, have recently emerged as potentially higher-performing, lower-cost alternatives to xenon. When used in a Hall thruster ...

    SBIR Phase I 2004 Department of DefenseAir Force
  2. Distributed Robotic Intelligent Behaviors

    SBC: ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION            Topic: AF03148

    Recent military efforts have illustrated the difficulty for conventional weapons to find and defeat "deep-targets" that are concealed, guarded, mobile, or even buried. Examples include underground hardened bunkers, cave/tunnel systems, and mobile SCUD launchers. Miniature robotics could be used to find, collect data, track, and even defeat such targets, but the robots need to be well coordinate ...

    SBIR Phase II 2004 Department of DefenseAir Force
  3. Multi-Mode Mobility for Micro-Platforms

    SBC: ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION            Topic: AF04177

    Recent military efforts have illustrated the difficulty for conventional weapons to find and defeat "hard-targets" that are concealed, guarded, mobile, or even buried. Examples include underground hardened bunkers, cave/tunnel systems, and mobile SCUD launchers. Robotic micro-platforms could be used to find, collect data, track, and even defeat such targets, but the robots need to be nimble, agi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2004 Department of DefenseAir Force
  4. An Optical Health Monitor for High Power Lasers

    SBC: Cybernet Systems Corporation            Topic: AF02002

    This project is developing a real-time software "health monitoring" system for high-powered laser systems. By "health monitoring", we are referring to a system that can independently monitor the status of the laser over time, alerting operators to diminished performance and preventing catastrophic failure. A variety of different high power lasers are under development, including the Airborne Laser ...

    SBIR Phase II 2004 Department of DefenseAir Force
  5. Intelligent Distributed Decision Management for Avionics Systems

    SBC: Cybernet Systems Corporation            Topic: AF04090

    The Air Force requires a system that connects multiple onboard systems and provides a translation mechanism to allow all of them to effectively speak one language. This Intelligent Distributed Decision Management system will be designed to minimize the cognitive load on Decision Makers and Shooters. This system will: 1) Provide a mechanism that can read from and write to multiple hardware and p ...

    SBIR Phase I 2004 Department of DefenseAir Force
  6. A Personal Virtual Collaborative Maintenance System (PVCMS)

    SBC: Cybernet Systems Corporation            Topic: AF04060

    This proposal describes a Portable Virtual Collaborative Maintenance System (PVCMS) that can support maintenance personnel in austere locations. Efficient communications between personnel is especially important when maintaining the complex machinery currently used by the military. In addition to technical documents and schematics, technicians frequently need support from other maintainers that ha ...

    SBIR Phase I 2004 Department of DefenseAir Force
  7. The Use of Boron Nitride for Improved Cold-Cathode Electron Field Emission Technology

    SBC: Electrodynamic Applications Inc            Topic: AF03T016

    Low-power Hall thrusters offer potentially important advantages for certain military applications but issues of lifetime and efficiency degradation at lower powers are issues hindering its utilization. A factor impacting efficiency is that the state-of-the-art techniques for electron generation used for neutralization (such as hollow cathodes operating on the same propellant as the thruster) do n ...

    STTR Phase II 2004 Department of DefenseAir Force
  8. Advanced High Frequency Tunable Filters for Wide-Band Arrays

    SBC: EMAG TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: AF04221

    The future military communication, sensing and electronic warfare systems such as the proposed national missile defense (NMD) system require increasing functionality and performance endurance in harsh space environments. There is a persistent need for reliable tunable filters with a wide bandwidth of operation. In response to this need, EMAG Technologies in collaboration with Purdue University pro ...

    SBIR Phase I 2004 Department of DefenseAir Force
  9. Multiple-View Genlocked Camera

    SBC: FREESTYLE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: AF03143

    The multiple-view genlocked camera (MVGC) developed and demonstrated duringthe first phase of this program will be extened to the long infrared domain. In addition, real-time structure from motion (SFM) and video-based anvigation algorithms will be coded on the Phase I and Phase II ontrol computers. Captive Flight Tests in winter and summer conditions will be executed to gather data and to evalu ...

    SBIR Phase II 2004 Department of DefenseAir Force
  10. Development of Low Cost, High Tensile Strength Composite Materials and Connection Systems Utilizing Thermoplastic Matrix Composites

    SBC: Fulcrum Composites Inc            Topic: AF04265

    Many items of both commercial, military equipment and infrastructure require materials with high tensile properties combined with resistance to corrosive environments and other environmental factors. Today these applications are typically made in steel with the attendant problems of corrosion protection, monitoring and maintenance. Composite materials have the potential to eliminate the corrosio ...

    SBIR Phase I 2004 Department of DefenseAir Force

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