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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. Airborne Optical System- SkySpotter

    SBC: IJK CONTROLS, LLC            Topic: AF182101

    IJK Controls is proposing to deliver SkySpotter, a low-cost, high performance, stabilized imaging system capable of facial identification at long range and performance previously unavailable on small UAS platforms.The SkySpotter offers 10 microradian stabilization and a large aperture size for a modern visible detector.A large field of view camera provides situational awareness, target identificat ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of DefenseAir Force
  2. Facial Identification Airborne System (FIDAS)

    SBC: Ascendant Engineering Solutions, LLC            Topic: AF182101

    Ascendant Engineering Solutions (AES) proposes to highly leverage their development of the NIIRS 9 Gimbal and previous experience developing their proven MSGLPS 5 technology gimbal (and other stabilized gimbals) for FIDAS. Based on their modeling and empirical verification for the NIIRS 9 work, AES will develop an improved imaging system capable of Facial Identification (FID) by a human observer. ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of DefenseAir Force
  3. High Dynamic Range (HDR) Improvements for Synthetic Aperature Radar (SAR)/Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) and Passive/Bistatic Radar

    SBC: Systems & Processes Engineering Corporation            Topic: AF182106

    SPEC is proposing a fast range cell adaptive AGC, expanding the front end dynamic range to 140 dB or more.Modern wideband SAR imaging and GMTI radars require very high dynamic ranges to detect objects in ground clutter and especially in the presence of strong reflectors.Todays wideband ADCs have only 12-14 bits, giving a SFDR of 60-75 dB.SPEC is currently delivering TRL8/9 radar transceivers with ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of DefenseAir Force
  4. Compact High Channel Count High Speed Digitizing, Processing, and Storage System for Synthetic Aperture Ladar (SAL) and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)

    SBC: FIBERTEK, INC.            Topic: AF182108

    Synthetic Aperture LIDAR (SAL) and Synthetic Aperture RADAR (SAR) are complimentary sensing technologies that enable long-range imaging and target identification beyond the diffraction limit at optical and radio frequencies, respectively.Processing SAL and SAR requires high-speed digitizers with substantial data volume associated with phase tracking and aperture synthesis sampling requirements.Ope ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of DefenseAir Force
  5. Metamaterial NMBS

    SBC: Plasmonics Inc.            Topic: AF182109

    The team of Plasmonics Inc and The John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHU/APL) proposes to develop a NMBS optical system for the USAF utilizing metamaterial surfaces or metasurfaces to enable a conformal system solution that possesses low cost, size, weight, and power (c-SWaP) relative to gimbal-mount system architectures. Metamaterials are a class of engineered materials where arrays of ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of DefenseAir Force
  6. Non-Mechanical Beam Steering for LIDARs using Diffractive Waveplates

    SBC: Beam Engineering For Advanced Measurements Co.            Topic: AF182109

    Non-Mechanical Beam Steering (NMBS) systems known currently did not rise from the breadboard to a critical application platform so far due to numerous challenges involved including losses, limitations on steering angle and speed, aperture size, temperature sensitivity, cost, etc. We propose to make the transition by developing a NMBS system based on liquid crystal polymer cycloidal diffractive wav ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of DefenseAir Force
  7. V-Band Solid-State Power Amplifiers for SATCOM Downlinks

    SBC: ENGIN-IC, INC.            Topic: AF182111

    ENGIN-IC proposes a GaN SSPA solution to address critical requirements for high output power and state-of-the-art efficiency for Space V-Band SSPAs.There are significant challenges with the design of GaN SSPA MMICs to achieve the required power and efficiency; ENGIN-IC will study multiple advanced GaN foundry processes combined with novel MMIC circuit design to achieve high efficiency goals of thi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of DefenseAir Force
  8. Siege Breaker: Manned-Unmanned Teaming

    SBC: ARCTAN, INC.            Topic: AF183001

    Counter Siege provides a framework and solution components for scalable manned-unmanned teaming. It solves critical issues related to (i) human cognitive burden, (ii) planning, and (iii) disadvantaged communications environments.

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of DefenseAir Force
  9. Machine Learning for Defense Applications

    SBC: SparkCognition, Inc.            Topic: AF183002

    SparkCognition partnered with SOFWERX to develop an adaptive, artificial intelligence-powered solution to predictive maintenance. The main goal of this solution was to identify major equipment failures across a limited set of historical data provided by SOFWERX. SparkCognition and SOFWERX used aircraft maintenance data and manuals to predict failures of critical systems, with SOFWERX providing the ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of DefenseAir Force
  10. Labeling of Text to Train Machine Learning Models to Improve the E in the USAFs Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination Systems

    SBC: Thresher Ventures, LLC            Topic: AF183002

    The USAF relies on automated text processing systems powered by machine learning to support its Processing, Exploitation, Dissemination mission. The effectiveness of these systems are dependent on domain specific, relevant, and current labeled training data.Yet often, due to to a variety of human, data, and machine challenges, training data sets do not keep pace with the semantic evolution and exp ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of DefenseAir Force

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