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Company Information:

Name: QorTek, Inc.
Address: 1965 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 205
Williamsport, PA 17701-1251
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (570) 322-2700

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,756,390.00 45
SBIR Phase II $9,518,555.00 14
STTR Phase I $338,126.00 4

Award List:

On-Blade Synthetic Active Control for Vibration and Acoustics Reduction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles
Award Amount: $68,340.00

On-Blade Synthetic Active Control for Vibration and Acoustics Reduction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles
Award Amount: $469,682.00
Abstract:
This proposal presents a new theory of piezoelectronic systems. This approach will for the first time enable semi-autonomous control with self-contained loss-free electronics. A completely new approach is presented which yields close to maximum actuator authority for a single device or array with… More

Multicellular Actuators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gareth J. Knowles
Award Amount: $99,889.00
Abstract:
The proposal introduces a new concept of electronically integrated multilaminar (induced strain) actuators that addresses many Army and commercial needs by driving at higher strain and force than currently achievable. In a reversal of recent trends, it will require much lower drive voltage levels… More

Low Noise/Thermal Signature Electronics for Precision Space Interferometry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $68,564.00

Force-Output Microactuator For Precision Active Optics incorporating a Passive Thermal Release Lockdown Mechanism

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $68,895.00

Vibrostatic Buffeting Alleviation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,464.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Gareth Knowles, President
Award Amount: $69,095.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, President
Award Amount: $69,941.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gareth Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,368.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,200.00
RI Contact: N/A

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles
Award Amount: $745,877.00

MMC Gun Barrel for Naval Surface Fire Support

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bruce Bower
Award Amount: $574,328.00
Abstract:
The goal of the project is to provide a hardware feasibility demonstration of a compact and lightweight modern power electronics incorporating advances in switching topologies, components and subsystem designs for inductive loads as to minimize the weightand power costs. The proposed system would… More

Laser Scalar Gradiometer for MCM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bruce Bower, VP Engineering
Award Amount: $66,507.00
Abstract:
This proposal introduces a dramatic departure from conventional switching technologies. Unlike conventional high-voltage - high load breakers or switchers, the new technology possesses no gapping so considerations of arc quenching and gap size arenon-issues. Unlike conventional breakers used by the… More

Fasteners/Rivets for Watertight Integrity and Corrosion Prevention in Permanent Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Staron, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,983.00
Abstract:
This proposal is to advance switching power electronics technologies to enable a compact agile acoustic source for high time-bandwidth product variable depth sonar. The solution is based on proprietary concept of interlaced polydrive high-energy inverterthat uses DSP microcontroller to implement the… More

Wideband Tunable Fiber Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Gareth Knowles, President
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
QorTek will develop an advanced hardware demonstration of a compact and functionally integrated tunable laser. The prototype will demonstrate a new dually opposed wideband extension-compression piezo-actuated approach to modulation that will enable larger wavelength excursion at sweep frequencies… More

Wideband Tunable Fiber Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Gareth Knowles, President
Award Amount: $574,629.00
Abstract:
QorTek will develop an advanced hardware demonstration of a compact and functionally integrated tunable laser. The prototype will demonstrate a new dually opposed wideband extension-compression piezo-actuated approach to modulation that will enable larger wavelength excursion at sweep frequencies… More

Microcontrolled Tuned/Agile Acoustic Source

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Staron, Senior Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $448,386.00
Abstract:
"The purpose of Phase II is to fully design, test and hardware demonstrate an 80KW frequency agile converter-inverter based upon (digitally controlled) concurrent integration of polybridge inverters. Phase II will develop and demonstrate the ability todigitally control multiple concurrent… More

Thin Film Shape Sensing and Visualization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gareth Knowles, President
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
"The program will demonstrate low cost sensors that can accurately provide accurate deformation shape sensing and mapping of wing structures. Large sensors arrays can be fabricated on a single thin film. Such thin films are easily integrated with bothmetal and composite wings structures and have… More

Variable Sweep Adaptive Airframe

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,989.00
Abstract:
QorTek has teamed with Boeing Corporation to propose an advanced multi-regime variably swept design that builds on earlier work done on variable geometry aerostructures. The design is suitable for short-range high-speed strike or long-range loiteringattack by air-launched weapon systems. It also has… More

Thin Film Shape Sensing and Visualization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gareth Knowles, President
Award Amount: $749,704.00
Abstract:
The sensor development in Phase II will build on the successful strain sensor array demonstration of Phase I to develop an autonomous operational and wireless sensor suite capability. The objective is to demonstrate that a low cost noninvasive sensor suitecan be developed with a wide range of… More

Matrix Switch Electronics Package for Deformable Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
The proposal is to design, fabricate and demonstrate a simplified prototype of a new concept that eliminates the complex wiring and most of the electronics of existing atmospheric correction deformable optic drive system. The new technology will not onlybe capable of replacing existing electronics… More

Mechatronic Actuator Replacement for Hydraulics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: William Knoll, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,967.00
RI Contact: Robert Killoren
Abstract:
Using a remarkably simple design and few components, the compact mechatronic actuator represents a one-for-one replacement for existing hydraulic actuators such as those currently employed on LCAC. Typically it will be lighter in weight and slightlysmaller in size than its standard hydraulic… More

Pixelized Device Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Daniel Thomasson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,992.00
Abstract:
We are proposing a new technological solution to complex figure control architectures for Sun-Earth ultraviolet (UV) and extreme ultraviolet meter sized optical instruments and detectors. Retention of low mass distribution for large aperture optics means eliminating heavy complex wiring bus and… More

Development of novel high bandwidth beam steering mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,963.00
Abstract:
The QorTek/Goodrich team is proposing a novel high stiffness SiC-SiC/C FSM design that incorporates a new self-assimilated actuation concept for multi-kHz tilt correction capability. The design concept will enable larger mirror clear aperture to be a reachable goal. The novel solution will enable a… More

System Compliant Actuation for Structural Engine Noise Remission

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ross W. Bird, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,516.00
Abstract:
The purpose of the research into ?Compliant Actuator? design will be to demonstrate to prototype level a low profile fully integrated control mechanism. This mechanism will be the first of its kind in that it enables independent multifunctionally integrated control including all i/o, processing,… More

Pixelized Device Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $530,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to build a demonstration unit of an entirely new optics and instruments technology for space applications. Characteristics are far lower (1/10th to 1/100th) cost, larger area, lower areal density (4') compared to current state-of-the-art technology. The demonstration focus is 20cm ? 25cm… More

Embedded Pressure Sensors for Automation and Control of Fluid Valves

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principle Investigator
Award Amount: $69,991.00
Abstract:
The new pressure sensor/transmitter technology for marine flow valves represents enormous advantages over existing marine pressure measurement devices. The new technology would meet virtually all the U.S. Navy needs in flow pressure/rate sensing at a fraction of the cost of what it presently costs… More

High Temperature, High Power Density Electronic Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: William C. Knoll, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
QorTek has teamed with a leading U.S. exponent of SiC processes and component fabrication to develop and demonstrate a new very compact and efficient integrated switching motor drive power module. This unit will be designed volumetric compact and enable high temperature withstand using an advanced… More

Computer Integrated Dynamic Scalpel (CIDS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Alex Freeman, Vice President
Award Amount: $98,778.00
Abstract:
Qortek in collaboration with Penn State - Hershey Medical School and Verefi Technologies, a surgical simulation tool provider, proposes computer Integrated Dynamic Scalpel (CIDS) that allows recording of surgeons' endoscope motion during a surgical procedure. The dynamic scalpel comprises various… More

Wide Field of View Electronically Stearable Imaging Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, President
Award Amount: $98,973.00
RI Contact: Kenji Uchino
Abstract:
The proposed project will develop the revolutionary solid-state gimbal system, using three proprietary technologies (ultrasonic motor, piezoelectronics and advanced modeling software) to enable it to be small, lightweight, low power, and with almost no moving parts. The system will still maintain… More

Steering mirrors - Higher bandwidth

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
The proposed C/SiC-BIAS mechanism represents a next generation in high-energy laser systems imaging integration capabilities. This will also benefit surveillance and reconnaissance (telescopes) capabilities and Line of Sight (LOS) communications (laser, optical/RF antennas) precision performances.… More

Large Area Millimeter Wave Dosimetry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: H. P. Shuch, Chief Technology Officer
Award Amount: $99,989.00
Abstract:
Active Denial Systems are non-lethal, counter-personnel directed energy weapons that project focused energy beams in the millimeter-wave spectrum to induce an avoidance response and repel individuals without injury. Calibration of such weapons requires accurately measuring millimeter-wave flux… More

Embedded Pressure Sensors for Automation and Control of Fluid Valves

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $399,973.00
Abstract:
The central purpose of the Program is to demonstrate an entirely new low cost, high performance differential pressure sensor system for marine flow valves that introduces important advantages over existing marine pressure measurement devices and valve flow control systems. The new technology would… More

Micro-factory for Miniaturization, Portability and Remote Production

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: PENN STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,986.00
RI Contact: Patricia A. Mayes
Abstract:
The Micro-Factory/Nano-Factory will employ piezoelectric devices to realize a high precision, controllable micro/nano-manipulation fabrication/assembly unit that is self-contained and portable. The low cost unit will incorporate adaptable multipurpose Micro-Piezoelectric Microfabrication Tools, or… More

Non-Energetics-Based Self-Destruct Mechanisms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
The new technological approach provides ability to implement physical destruction of semiconductor devices with an inexpensive and completely silent method that is non-energetic. The approach promises to be synergistic with AT applications at the microelectronics die and wafer level and appears to… More

Low-Profile Tamper Detection Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
What is proposed is an inexpensive nearly undetectable method for detection of any effort to tamper with security sensitive electronics. This new approach would defeat the entire gamut of intrusion events from board probing through to device-level intrusive dissection making it extraordinarily… More

Ballistic Missile Defense Anti-Tamper Volume Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,984.00
Abstract:
The purpose of this Program is to demonstrate an inexpensive thin Multi-threat Detect sensor compatible with die integration, that can provide reliable detect information on multiple kinds of attempts to access information (design or code) contained within security sensitive microelectronics. … More

COMPACT HIGH-POWER DC-DC CONVERTER FOR NAVY NON-EXPLOSIVE ACOUSTIC SOURCES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,979.00
Abstract:
The Program will demonstrate, at hardware level, a low cost, all solid-state power solution to providing 250W-300W high-efficiency, compact/subcompact, low weight, DC-DC upconverter delivering 6000 Volts DC power from 30 VDC battery pack power to an acoustic (sparker) source with efficiency greater… More

Highly Compact Broadband Acoustic Sources

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gareth Knowles, President
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
The proposed research is to develop and demonstrate (during Phase 1) a new design concept for active underwater acoustics sources that uses single crystal multilayer ceramics technology in an essential way. The proposed new subcompact acoustic source design will enable maximum broadcast power over… More

Low-Profile Tamper Detection Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,823.00
Abstract:
What is proposed is an inexpensive nearly undetectable method for detection of any unauthorized effort to access security sensitive electronics. This new approach would defeat the entire gamut of intrusion events from board probing through to device-level intrusive dissection making it… More

Non-Energetics-Based Self-Destruct Mechanisms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The Phase II program continues a highly successful Phase I, where a silent, unobservable, non-energetic means directly incorporated within electronics completely obliterate IC die within microseconds. The destruct is so extensive as to deny, even with the most sophisticated reverse engineer… More

Production Enhancements for Integrated Anti-Tamper Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,967.00
Abstract:
The primary objective of this Phase I program will be to demonstrate a greatly improved manufacturing and production techniques for die packaging of anti-tamper capabilities. We aim to show through manufacture engineering research, software development and hardware prototypes, a new low-cost… More

High Performance IC Implanted Energy Harvesting & Non-Accessible Energy Storage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,983.00
Abstract:
The primary objective of this Phase I program will be to demonstrate a high efficiency IC Implanted Energy Extraction and Optimal Management Architecture using multithreat detect capable devices (both tamper and reverse engineering). We aim to show through engineering research, device modeling and… More

Production Enhancements for Integrated Anti-Tamper Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $998,251.00
Abstract:
The primary focus of Phase II is to undertake a disciplined product development of a new Anti-Tamper technology of very thin foils that can detect both physical tampering and a broad range of magnetic/EM/RF based (non-contact) probing. This program will conclude with affordable and reliable… More

Advanced Space Power Management & Energy Storage Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
The proposed solid-state PMAD systems with its much smaller/lighter/higher efficiency solution approach could have major impacts to reducing launch weight/volume thereby both reducing launch costs and increasing equipment (sensor) deployment. Ceramic power management offer enormous benefits to… More

Anti-Tamper Printed Circuit Boards (AT-PCB's)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
The new technology of AT-PCB's will significantly enhance multi-level anti-tamper protection of military electronics. The design is neither physically or functionally accessible to an adversary, yet it is flexible as to support protection for multiple devices or entire circuit board (rack mounted)… More

High Efficiency, Low Current, Switching Power Supply

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,991.00
Abstract:
The Phase I program will demonstrate, at hardware level, a prototype digital dc-dc converter that is subcompact and very high efficiency converter technology. It introduces advantages of very low weight/volume/component count, very low output ripple voltage, voltage isolation, negligible RFI/EMI… More

High Density Power Converter Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Gareth Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,989.00
Abstract:
The proposed solid-state (non-magnetic) DC-DC converter technology offers the military a completely different approach to converters for ballistics weapon systems that has important advantages over conventional power conditioning for projectile weapons systems. We are proposing to translate this… More

Tamper-proof Protection of Critical Combat Ammunition Fuze and Guidance Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Gareth Knowles, Chief Financial Officer
Award Amount: $66,767.00
Abstract:
The proposed program is intended to develop a practical low cost solution to reliably ensure that it is possible to deny reverse analysis of the critical RF frequencies and processor electronics code and algorithms that are increasingly employed by the integrated electronics within the Fuze… More

Advanced Space Power Management & Energy Storage Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $1,099,274.00
Abstract:
The proposed solid-state ceramic modules will provide very (strategic) rad hard solution for MILSATCOM EPC/PMAD systems. Ceramic power management offer enormous benefits to space-based PMAD systems. We are proposing to transition this new technology all the way through to demonstrated rad hard… More

High Performance IC Implanted Energy Harvesting&Non-Accessible Energy Storage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Gareth Knowles, Principal Investigator – (570) 322-2700
Award Amount: $729,913.00
Abstract:
The program focus is a new semiconductor technology that enables direct device integrated passive persistent energy harvesting. The new semiconductor technology enables much of the (low/mid acoustic frequency) ambient shock and vibration energy to be efficiently converted into electrical energy. The… More

Electromagnetic Attack Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Gareth Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,932.00
Abstract:
The primary focus of Phase II is to undertake a disciplined product development of a new low cost, subcompact, bandwidth selectable, wide magnetic/EM spectrum detector technology that has not been previously seen. This program will conclude with affordable and reliable manufacture of such… More

High Temperature Silicon Carbide (SiC) Gate Driver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ross W. Bird, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,983.00
Abstract:
The proposed modular high temperature Time Domain Isolated (TDI) Driver is a large step forward in technology, enabling the inherent benefits of current SiC switching devices. Designed to operate in the same environment as the switching devices the gate driver can finally be collocated with the SiC… More

Compact Energy Harvesting Power Supporting an

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ross Bird, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,977.00
Abstract:
The proposed compact, low cost to manufacture, high performance (power density) energy harvesting system can provide large power (Watts), intermittent or constant, power levels. It can very efficiently convert vertical motion or current into stored electrical energy. Key to the design will be that… More

Radiation-Resistant, High-Efficiency Direct Current-Direct Current (DC-DC) Converters For Spacecraft Loads

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator – (570) 322-2700
Award Amount: $99,977.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The new single-stage high step-down ratio/high power handling/high current capable solid-state power DC/DC converters will substantially increase the power density of radiation-resistant DC/DC converters. This new converter has the potential to boast power densities 3 5 times current… More

Diagnostics and Health Management for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Payloads

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Gregory M. Bower, Principal Investigator – (570) 322-2700
Award Amount: $149,991.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In recent years significant effort in the development of sophisticated algorithms to complete prognostics (remaining useful life) RUL of electronic and mechanical systems has been completed. Life prediction of on-board sensor suites of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) remains behind the… More

High-Performance Power Energy Device for Radio Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Gareth Knowles, Principal Investigator – (570) 322-2700
Award Amount: $95,320.00
Abstract:
The primary aim of the program is to demonstrate a new Software Defined Radio (SDR) - relevant high performance module that can replenish/enhance power sourcing based It will be shown that the new replenish/enhance power sourcing technology is lightweight, very compact, high performance and very… More

Shock Sensitive Circuit Breaker

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ross Bird, Principal Investigator – (570) 322-2700
Award Amount: $79,977.00
Abstract:
The proposed highly ruggedized Shock Sensitive Circuit Breaker is a large step forward in technology, enabling the benefits of true safety with the inherent ability to add digital electrical interrogation to power systems. The new electrical circuit breaker is designed to operate over a wide range… More

Master Clock Vibration-Isolation Technology Improvements for Aircraft Avionics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Gareth Knowles, Principal Investigator – (570) 322-2700
Award Amount: $79,982.00
Abstract:
The (Vibration Isolated Master Clock) VIMC approach is low-risk high pay-off solution to providing an extremely stable (very low phase noise/error) timing capability for avionic systems enabling high reliability communications (and GPS backup). The VIMC uses COTS materials with well-established… More

Space Electronics Operating at High Temperatures and Radiation Levels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $122,398.00
Abstract:
The proposal represents a radical revolution in Power Management & Distribution (PMAD) that addresses many of the challenges for NASA missions that will operate in harsher space environments. One of the several advances it introduces is to eliminate the number one problem of electronics failure… More

Space Electronics Operating at High Temperatures and Radiation Levels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $698,715.00
Abstract:
The objective is to produce high efficiency DC/DC power modules in a small low profile package that can tolerate extreme environment conditions. The primary effort of the Phase II program is to address the need for very high performance power electronics that meet a combination of high radiation… More

Striction-based Power Monitoring in Space Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Gareth J. Knowles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,965.00
Abstract:
The program will leverage recent advances in striction materials and coupled striction devices as to enable highly isolated (analog) voltage and current flow sensors very suitable for harsh space environment power monitoring. Exhibiting negligible electromagnetic disturbance coupling and… More