Abstract:Based on the recent success of the Mars Exploration Program and the Mars Science Laboratory mission, NASA has a desire to expand on the technology developed under each effort in order to increase future mission capabilities, namely an increase in payload capacity for entry to Mars, Venus and other… more
Abstract:As the power density of advanced engines increases, the need for new materials that are capable of higher operating temperatures, such as ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), is critical for turbine hot-section static and rotating components. Such advanced materials have demonstrated the promise to… more
Abstract:Passive thermal control of cryogenic systems using foam insulations can help achieve Zero Boil-Off (ZBO). There is as much thermal energy transferred to Cryo tanks during the ascent phase as there is during 6 days of orbital operations using MLIs.Spray on Foam Insulation (SOFI) still suffers from… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: This Air Force SBIR Phase I project will devllopa cryocooler that will reduce mass, volume by over 30%, and increase efficiency (by over 20% relative) from the state-of-the art pulse tube cryocoolers and maintain its long life and low vibration characteristics. Our specific technical… more
Abstract:QorTek and Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors (LM MS2) are together proposing a new advanced integrated topology converter architecture that would significantly improve both low frequency rejection, the high frequency switching noise content and still fit within the confines of the design… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop advanced single ion gel electrolytes and related low cost manufacturing process for high power rechargeable lithium ion batteries (LIBs) with enhanced safety. Current LIB electrolytes consist of liquid organic solvents and… more
Abstract:In this SBIR Phase II project, we propose to develop high energy density film capacitors by using our high performance polymer dielectric compositions, low-cost capacitor production process, and robust capacitor design guided by modeling. It is expected that prototype wound capacitor with energy… more
Abstract:Voci Technologies Incorporated (Voci) is the leading small business developing accelerated Human Language Technology based solutions. In Phase I of this SBIR, Voci demonstrated the feasibility of automatically clustering audio with useful false-positive and false-negative rates. In Phase II, Voci is… more
Abstract:Under this topic we seek to develop methods for micro-air vehicles (MAV) to determine their position in global coordinates when Global Positioning System (GPS) is unavailable in environments such as when operating inside structures. One specific application is to assist in reconnaissance to aid in… more
Abstract:Intellectual Merit This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project takes a novel approach to produce improved maize cultivars for bioenergy applications. Lignin in cellulosic biomass creates a barrier that limits conversion of cellulose into biofuels. In the proposed approach, the lignin in… more
Abstract:Elevated levels of human butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) confer protection from chemical warfare nerve agents and other organophosphorous chemicals. As a prophylactic, the key to enabling this protection is the ability to maintain elevated concentrations of BuChE in the plasma for days or weeks. … more
Abstract:While unmanned air vehicles are starting to operate in complex urban and indoor environments, many challenges still remain. Our proposed project will address three key challenges through the development of algorithms. First, we reduce operator workload in the operation of autonomous vehicles in GPS… more
Abstract:The innovation is an agent-based, data-driven guiding technology that will augment the human facility to evaluate task performance by overcoming human limitations to recall complex processes that require high expertise. The cloud-based, mobile technology will assist teams of varying expertise and… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research Phase 1 project aims to develop a device to reliably and safely close laparoscopic port sites. Laparoscopy is becoming the gold standard for all abdominal procedures. Laparoscopy requires small incisions to be made in the abdominal wall to allow access to the… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project proposes a new expression platform in Escherichia coli applicable to both drug discovery and biopharmaceutical manufacturing. It solves and leverages recombinant protein misfolding in E. coli. Small molecular weight compounds are used in… more
Abstract:A new Field-Microphone in Real Ear (F-MIRE) Field Attenuation Estimation System (FAES) is proposed. The insertion loss measurements will utilize a sub-miniature microphone mounted deep in the ear canal. An ultra-thin flat flexible cable (FFC) will connect the microphone to the PC-based analysis… more
Abstract:Transit Agency Information required for managing Service centers on resources and assets that need to be available to operate the transit service as designed. An opportunity exists to design an Integrated Framework providing Service delivery and Maintenance Management Information to quantify the… more
Abstract:Robots need to know their location to map of their surroundings but without global positioning data they need a map to identify their surroundings and estimate their location. Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) solves these dual problems at once. SLAM does not depend on any kind of… more
Abstract:Recently, the availability of the high performance rare earth based magnets (Nd-Fe-B and Sm-Co) was jeopardized due to the Chinese monopoly of rare earth production, which undermines our national security and competitiveness in the defense and clean energy sectors and creates a strategic… more
Abstract:The objective of this project is to design and develop an innovative miniature actuation system for use in a 40mm guided, extended flight, surveillance projectile. Included in the design will be a miniature control and actuation system, an on-board surveillance system, and an on-board autopilot… more
Abstract:The proposed innovation is a heterogeneous multi-robot team developed as a platform for effective subsurface planetary exploration. State-of-art robotic exploration is based on single-robot systems with human controllers augmented by limited automation. This system requires near-constant… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project investigates the feasibility of employing high?resolution, colorized, 3D models of food produce captured with structured light technology to identify (ID) and sort produce by quality. The feasibility of accomplishing this within the… more
Abstract:A novel yet mature technique will be used to assimilate coherent-source multistatic ASW data obtained from drifting acoustic sources and receivers. We will demonstrate the technique's ability to correctly estimate the locations of drifting buoys from acoustic data only even when the buoys may… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research Phase-II project develops advanced technology capabilities for constructing and deploying client-adapted automated language translation systems within commercial settings that are used by globalizing enterprises and the language service provider companies… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This Phase I SBIR will develop ICPCheck, the first long term implantable, non-invasively readable intracranial pressure (ICP) monitor for hydrocephalus patients. This device will result in improved clinical management of hydrocephalus by providing a rapid and… more
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