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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY20 is not expected to be complete until September, 2021.

  1. OASES: Open Autonomy/Safety Enhancement System

    SBC: Scientific Systems Company Inc.            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL), Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), and Agility Prime operations will require advanced autonomy and perception capabilities to ensure reduced operator workload and operating costs, and enable future unmanned operations. In fact, in many instances, the move towards unmanned operations is key to the business case for longer term eVTOL commercial operations. Before thes ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  2. Novel Efficient Power Generation for Extended Range UAVs

    SBC: Mesodyne Inc.            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    Mesodyne has developed a new class of power generator that fits in the palm of your hand - the Light-cell power generator. Its ultra-high energy density increases the endurance of drones 10X over batteries alone. Mesodyne’s generator converts any fuel to electricity with no moving parts, achieving energy densities of 1000-2000 Wh/kg. In this Phase I, Mesodyne will explore the feasibility of a ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  3. Lightweight Protection Systems of Direct-Current Propulsion Power Link


    With the advent of aircraft propulsion electrification, the need for highly effective, lightweight power protection systems is imperative. Current protection schemes consist of combinations of melting fuses and/or thermo-magnetic circuit breakers. These devices are effective and reliable, but have a number of short-comings such as lack of precision and negative ambient temperature impacts; bulkine ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  4. Implementation of BatPaC Battery Sizing Software in AxSTREAM® Platform for eVTOL System Level Simulation

    SBC: Softinway, Inc.            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    With the rise of concerns for sustainable vehicles there is an exponentially growing need for hybridization and electrification of VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircrafts - eVTOL. These advanced air mobility aircrafts present some significant advantages over traditional VTOL like helicopters and over airplanes in both military and civilian situations meant to dispatch resources or personnel ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  5. Technological assessment for Agility Prime

    SBC: TechNext Inc            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    TechNext provides a comprehensive granular account of the pace of technological change. More specifically, the algorithm estimates yearly performance improvement rates for nearly all definable technologies for the first time. It does this by creating a correspondence of all patents within the US patent system to a set of technology domains. A technology domain is a body of patented inventions achi ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  6. UAS Traffic Management for Dense Air Environments and Logistics Efficiencies


    A major challenge is how to enable 100’s or 1000’s of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to fly safely at the same time over an urban or other dense airspace. The proposed STTR Phase I research extends and applies previously developed University of Utah technologies for a a lane-based Urban Air Mobility system, where flights are scheduled along lanes. The proposed effort will specify scenarios of ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  7. Hybrid Electric X-Engine for VTOL Propulsion Systems

    SBC: Liquidpiston, Inc.            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    LiquidPiston Inc. (LPI) and the University of Wisconsin - Madison propose to investigate the technical, scientific, and commercial viability of applying LPI's patented thermodynamic cycle and rotary "X" engine architecture as a hybrid-electric propulsion system to support Group 3 eVTOL SUAS as well as Urban Air Mobility (and "Orbs").  Specifically, 1) the team will investigate and optimize thr ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  8. FIGUR8 FUSION system for data-driven musculoskeletal (MSK) injury reduction and performance optimization

    SBC: Figur8, Inc.            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    Preventable musculoskeletal injuries (MSKI) remain the most significant threat to military readiness. In 2016, 52% of service members were injured; 19.6% on MSKI profile for 31-90 days, translating into $548 million in direct care costs and 25 million limited duty days. An epidemiology of MSKI among US Air Force Special Tactics Operators (2018) shows 1-year cumulative incidence of MSKIs was 49.2 i ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force

    SBC: Kinnami Software Corporation            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    The West Virginia University (WVU) Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources has created an innovative localization software technology for unmanned aerial and ground systems when operating in challenged environments, such as degraded or denied GPS. This distributed system with agents onboard and on the ground uses an Air Data Vehicle Network and requires resilient data management not o ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  10. Microwave manufacturing of large composite components utilizing hybrid carbon nanomaterial heaters

    SBC: Advanced Manufacturing LLC            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    The overarching goal of this proposal is to establish the feasibility of using an engineered mix of GNPs/CNTs as nanoheaters for rapid and uniform curing of large-scale composite structures OOA with minimal void formation while retaining aerospace/grade properties.  This goal will be achieved by:   Deposit an engineered mix of GNPs/CNTs nanoheaters on the surface of flat prepregs and dry carbon ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
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