Abstract:This Phase I project proposes the development of a Marine Profiling Radiometer (MPR). The MPR is a passive microwave remote sensor capable to measure the stability of the marine boundary layer. Significant innovations in radiometer design, packaging, mode of operation, and calibration enable the MPR… more
Abstract:Existing remote wind sensors are too bulky and power-hungry to be incorporated in many of the platforms where they are needed. Therefore, precision wide-area wind profiles are difficult to collect, which currently limits optimi zation of offshore wind power generation, as well as, the precision of… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: High resolution 3D LADAR imaging over a wide field of view usually requires mechanical scanning the sensor"s field of view using gimbals, or a high peak power laser pulse and a very large focal plane array at the imaging plane. Both techniques add considerable size, weight, power… more
Abstract:As strontium and other alkaline-earth metals become increasingly attractive for ultracold-atom applications, there is a growing need to develop compact, robust systems for cooling, trapping, and studying these elements. In this proposal, ColdQuanta will team with Dr. Jun Ye at JILA and the… more
Abstract:The unique capabilities provided by vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft also create challenges during turns and rearward maneuvers. VTOL aircraft lack sensors to provide protection in their rear hemisphere. Low altitude flight, take-off and landing are dangerous times for aircraft, even… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Colorado Engineering Inc. (CEI), with its teammates, proposes to leverage its collective expertise in communication systems design; radar systems design; electromagnetics (EM) analysis and modeling; antenna design; RF design; advanced processing architectures; and Digital Signal… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The Joint Environment Toolkit (JET) Increment 2 architecture consists of servers at six globally distributed Operational Weather Squadrons (OWS). Each server must handle peak demand of weather analysis and forecast information from 30-40 Weather Flights (WFs, which provide tactical… more
Abstract:High-power electric propulsion with Hall thrusters has been proposed as a strong candidate for Electric Path missions, but conventional power processing units (PPUs) are complicated and the mass of the discharge power converters needs to be reduced. Direct Discharge Power Processing Units (DDUs)… more
Abstract:There is interest to make improvements to foam currently on the market to improve performance (mechanical, thermal, etc.), reduce environmental impacts, and minimize health and safety issues associated with the chemicals and processes used to make foams. Foams made from epoxies, particularly using a… more
Abstract:The US DOE is very interested in promoting on-board vehicular hydrogen storage systems that will allow for a driving range of greater than 300 miles while meeting packaging, cost, safety, and performance requirements. The state-of-the-art H2 storage vessels that meet these requirements are too… more
Abstract:The United States Department of Energy is developing several devices to advance the development of fusion energy. Plans for future major fusion machines will undoubtedly utilize superconducting magnets which operate at 4K or below. Magnets for smaller fusion research devices may also be built… more
Abstract:Mass and volume efficient solar arrays are sought by NASA, DoD and commercial space to enable high power missions from 20-30 kW up to 300 kW. Flexible substrate arrays can have higher specific power (W/kg) and specific volume (kW/m3) than conventional arrays. Typical designs for flexible substrate… more
Abstract:NASA is keen on advancing technologies for lightweight composite cryotanks for heavy lift vehicles for future NASA missions. Two primary challenges must be overcome to enable the use of composite tanks for these new classes of heavy launchers. One is to develop novel, microcrack-resistant, polymer… more
Abstract:Up to 2700 terawatt-hours per year of geothermal electricity generation capacity has been shown to be available within North America, typically with wells drilled into geologically active regions of the earths crust where this energy is concentrated (Huttrer, 2001). Of this potential, about half is… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Digital beamforming is a key to maximum bandwidth utilization and flexibility for communication satellites. Adaptive beamforming further enhances this flexibility by more effectively removing interferers in the spatial domain. However, adaptive beamforming doesn't account for… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The DF & NN team proposes to provide automated space weather (SpWx) attribution tools to characterize abnormal events detected at operational sites using the DF & NN patented Enterprise Satellite-as-a-Sensor (E-SAS) system. The DF & NN Space Situational Awareness (SSA) fusion… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The current AF aircraft maintenance system has a high operational cost of unplanned, premature, and missed maintenance. The"red"operational anomaly detection thresholds are not adaptive to individual aircraft history nor to changes in operations causing"ringers"and… more
Abstract:Data Fusion Corporation (DFC) proposes the continued development of prototype, next-generation GPS interference detection, characterization and mitigation modules that can be incorporated into the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Software Defined Radio (SDR) or a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS)… more
Abstract:This SBIR project delivers an On-orbit Validation System (OVS) that provides performance and durability data for Macro Fiber Composite (MFC) active piezocomposite materials operating in the space environment. Our NASA customer is the Macro Fiber Composite Actuator Experiment (MFCX), which uses the… more
Abstract:In this Phase I SBIR, we will perform system-level engineering to evaluate integrating Harris Corporation's RT-1944/U with Fidelity Comtech's commercial off-the-shelf phased array, the Phocus Array System. The RT-1944/U is a proven design, as is the Phocus Array System. We will do system… more
Abstract:Based on years of experience and multiple successful production programs in missile and interceptor antenna technologies, FIRST RF will develop and demonstrate a very low size, weight and power antenna solution that will enable long range data links beyond the capabilities of current systems. This… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: As more and more advanced hypersonic weapons are developed, vehicle temperatures are expected to near 1250°K (977°C); as flight times increase, these temperatures are expected to saturate the entire vehicle. Typically, forward-looking RF and IR sensors are collocated in the same… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: As airborne sensors become more prolific and sophisticated, the amount of data they produce overwhelms the current ability to offload that data based on the meager performance of ground station terminals. A high gain antenna supporting Ka-Band sensor data offload and Command and Control… more
Abstract:In this Phase I effort, FIRST RF will develop and evaluate concepts enabling highly directive multi-beam TCDL communications using phased arrays integrated on the Fire Scout UAV platform. Phased array systems allow for dynamic beam steering with graceful degradation. Wide elevation patterns… more
Abstract:FIRST RF will develop a low SWaP DREX system approach that will include a wideband, multichannel frequency conversion capability. Requirements and design viability for a flexible multi-mission system that can support advanced radar modes or high-bandwidth communications will be investigated. FIRST… more
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