Abstract:The US Navy is in the process of phasing out conventional optical submarine periscopes in favor of digital sensor masts that transmit video (and other sensor data) to the bridge electronically. Sensor masts can host multiple sensor modalities including both electro-optic (EO) and infrared (IR) for… more
Abstract:In developing advanced Submarine Combat Systems, the Navy has adopted a rapid cycle of software upgrades that, within the Advanced Processor Build Technical Insertion (APB-TI) schedule, regularly introduce new capabilities. This upgrade cycle has outpaced the development of associated training… more
Abstract:Despite decades of technological advances, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) continues to require arcane perishable skills. Navy officials report that current surface ship sonar systems are capable, but operators are not able to fully exploit the systems"capabilities. Ships and schoolhouses need… more
Abstract:Navy ship operating consoles must enable minimally manned crews to perform complex, coordinated activities across a range of missions. To this end, console designs must be thoroughly evaluated to ensure they support the diverse missions assigned to Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). Human System… more
Abstract:Sailors and Marines are responsible for conducting missions such as maritime security operations, embassy protection, non-combatant evacuation, and disaster relief. To plan missions effectively, Warfighters need to understand normal patterns of life (POL) and anomalies in those patterns. Analyzing… more
Abstract:UAVs are a major force multiplier in United States military operations, conducting high-altitude unmanned surveillance and medium range air to ground engagements. Recently, UAV mission spaces have expanded to include resupply of deployed forces, and may soon include direct air support. As UAVs have… more
Abstract:Electrolysis of water is an important tool for automotive hydrogen refueling and renewable energy storage applications. The current membranes for electrolysis suffer from low efficiency, low mechanical strength and high hydrogen crossover at the high pressures needed for direct refueling. The DOE… more
Abstract:Measurement and monitoring of subsurface microbial activity plays a critical role in studying the extent of contamination at the Department of Energy (DOE) sites and its impact on the surrounding environment. The subsurface microbiology is a window into the health of the soil and groundwater before,… more
Abstract:Conventional lithium-ion batteries demonstrate great potential for applications in electrical vehicles, but they face some major challenges such as low energy density and high cost. It is worthwhile to pursue alternative strategies to address the barriers of cost and energy density.… more
Abstract:The ionomer dispersion technology invented at LANL has demonstrated great potential to significantly improve the lifetime of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells via accelerated stress tests. However, more validation and improvements are needed to make this technology commercially viable for… more
Abstract:With long shelf life and high reliability, thermal batteries are employed in virtually every strategic defense and tactical weapon system such as projectiles, rockets, bombs, mines, missiles, decoys, torpedoes and similar applications. Due to limited space allowance for the payload, next… more
Abstract:Commercial separators for Li-ion battery applications consist of microporous membranes that prevent contact between electrodes and enable free ion flow in the cell. Major drawbacks of these separators include their complex manufacturing process which adds cost to the battery and insufficient… more
Abstract:In this proposal, we consider GaN Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) Technologies to enable a low cost, high performance, thin, efficient, low size, weight and power (SWaP), Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar for high altitude submarine periscope detection. MMIC technology… more
Abstract:Although the thyratrons used in klystron modulators for large accelerator projects function properly, they need replacement every 10,000 hours at a cost of $13,000 each, plus labor. Furthermore, periodic maintenance is required to adjust their reservoir heater voltage over the thyratron lifetime.… more
Abstract:The U.S. Navy"s VLF/LF Submarine Broadcast remains vital to America"s strategic defense, providing reliable means to command submarines at depth, as well as other fleet assets, using high power radio stations all over the globe. The five major VLF stations with their enormous high-Q… more
Abstract:F/A-18 canopies and windshields are prone to accumulate high (>70 kV) levels of electrical charge on the outer surface during operation due to precipitation static charging that is carried and stored until discharged. Currently this charge is removed, after landing, by ground personnel, by wiping… more
Abstract:Energid Technologies proposes a software architecture and supporting implementation focused on training robots. Currently, robot training for complex tasks often involves writing software, which is impractical in the field. To address this, Energid will leverage its commercial Actin robot control… more
Abstract:Energid Technologies proposes an alternative simulation concept for testing and validating convoy automation algorithms. Verifying large-vehicle automation completely, to the point of enabling fielding, is a big task. Due to the level of confidence needed--there must be no runaway large vehicles--it… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (STTR) project targets the development of novel methodology for the evaluation of a wide range of oxygen carriers, in particular, their attrition resistance, under conditions that broadly account for the process requirements of coal-based chemical looping… more
Abstract:Coal-fired power plants are a very large, concentrated, and stationary source of carbon dioxide emissions, and represent the best target to address the problem of increasing CO2 emissions through use of carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and storage technologies. The overall… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Nano Terra (NT) proposes to partner with Prof. Howard Katz (Johns Hopkins), a leader in the field of organic electronics, to fabricate and validate OFET biosensors made by scalable manufacturing processes. Prof. Katz has recently published work that definitively demonstrates the mechanism… more
Abstract:GVD and its partners propose to develop an active anti-tamper conformal coating based on GVD"s proprietary polymer thin film vapor deposition technology. There is an immediate need to for improved anti-tamper (AT) technologies to protect critical program information (CPI) found in the software… more
Abstract:There is a need to reduce the cost and improve the reliability of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and their supporting infrastructure to enable FCEV competitiveness. Many reliability problems stem from plastic and elastomer seals employed in hydrogen systems that leak and degrade as a… more
Abstract:Hstar proposes a mobile, advanced, agile, and adaptable Mission Module handling (A3M2-Hand) system which is compatible with Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules and common to all LCS configurations. Hstar"s innovative approach separates the lifting and transporting of the Mission Modules… more
Abstract:This SBIR Phase I Proposal addresses the need for a low-profile, broad-band, high- performance, shear-mode tonpilz transducer that can operate at deep depths. In one approach we add a special suspension system to the Van Tol/Meyer tonpilz that allows operation at submarine depth with only a small… more
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