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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. CANTEAN: Cave and Narrow Tunnel Exploration and Navigation

    SBC: Scientific Systems Company Inc.            Topic: DTRA182002

    In response to the DTRA182-002 solicitation, we propose CANTEAN: Cave and Narrow Tunnel Exploration and Navigation, a flying system that employs the use of low-SWaP sensors and processors using advanced algorithms for rapid navigation and mapping of unknown, subterranean areas as part of a heterogeneous team.Bio-inspired obstacle avoidance and navigation and the efficient exchange and merging of s ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency
  2. Materials Engineering of Alkali Halide and Rare Earth Halide Scintillators

    SBC: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.            Topic: DTRA182007

    Scintillators are the major components of radiation detection systems used in identification of Special Nuclear Materials.One of their key properties is the energy resolution (ER) that links directly to isotope identification capabilities.Typically the ER for scintillators varies from 3% (at 662 keV, FWHM) for the best materials to more common 6-7%.At the moment, many detectors use latter material ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency
  3. Autonomous navigation through small, confined spaces

    SBC: Greensight Agronomics, Inc.            Topic: DTRA182002

    GreenSight Agronomics (GSAg) is proposing to develop a man-portable, fully autonomous aerial mapping system to satisfy the goal of the solicitation: quickly and completely mapping a confined space with no human guidance. The vehicle will have a 400 mm frame size to provide an ideal balance between maneuverability, flight time, and payload capacity. We have chosen the Pixhawk platform running ArduP ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency
  4. Innovative Materials Engineering and Growth of a High Performance and Low Cost Scintillator

    SBC: CAPESYM, INC            Topic: DTRA182007

    The goal of this program is to produce radiation detector scintillators with enhanced-medium energy resolution of 2-3%, at costs approaching those of medium energy resolution detectors such as CsI.To achieve this goal, a two pronged approach will be pursued.First, we will employ materials engineering tools to improve the performance of an existing scintillator with superior attributes.Second, an i ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency
  5. Long-range SNM detection using alternative signatures

    SBC: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.            Topic: DTRA162003

    "Increasing the distance for standoff detection of nuclear materials, beyond that capable with direct radiation detection, using alternative signatures, such as the concentration of ionization in the surrounding atmosphere, improves the ability to locate, track and monitor this material. Ionizing radiation generates free elections, ions, and exited states in the nearby atmosphere, even when the s ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency
  6. Machine Learning-based Capability for Radioactive and Nuclear Threat Detection and Identification

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: DTRA162001

    Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) proposes to develop an Advanced Learning-Enabled Threat Search (ALERTS) software to significantly enhance detection range and source classification accuracy during search for Special Nuclear Materials and other radioactive threats. The software will implement Machine Learning algorithms for automated extraction of spectral and temporal features by training on sets of g ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency
  7. Data-Driven Technology Discovery Methodologies

    SBC: SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH LLC            Topic: DTRA162005

    We propose to develop Prediction of Emergent SCIENce & Technology (PRESCIENT), a system that mines a text corpus of scientific patents and publications to discovers emerging technologies that may impact WMD or CWMD. PRESCIENT will take as input a diverse corpus of patents and publications, including metadata about contributing authors and organizations, and will produce as output alerts with timel ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency
  8. Thermal and Fast Neutron Multiplicity Counter

    SBC: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.            Topic: DTRA162007

    Neutron multiplicity can provide effective detection and identification of shielded Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) based on analysis of the time correlated neutron multiplicity distribution. RMD is developing a composite detector, consisting of Cs2LiYCl6:Ce (CLYC) scintillator incorporated into dual-mode plastics, which provides an ideal solution for this task. CLYC offers (1) efficient thermal ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency
  9. Joint Learning of Text-based Categories

    SBC: SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH LLC            Topic: DTRA152005

    STR proposes to build Categories via Context-Driven Dimensionality Reduction (C2D2R), a novel, highly efficient, and scalable information processing pipeline for joint learning of categories of entities and relations, and document topics.C2D2R operates in three stages: shallow pre-processing of text inputs, context-driven dimensionality reduction, and joint category inference and labeling. Our sys ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency
  10. Fieldable Optical Sensors for Physically Characterizing High Energy Explosion Fireballs

    SBC: Spectral Sciences, Inc.            Topic: DTRA152004

    Diagnostics and instrumentation is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of the next generation of technology to defeat chemical and biological weapons.This proposal addresses the need for instrumentation to quantify the spatial and temporal evolution of fundamental physical and chemical processes, such as temperature and species identification and concentration, pertinent to the pyrolytic destruct ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency

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