Abstract:Arete Associates will develop and deliver autonomous image processing algorithms that execute in real-time onboard unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) neutralizers. The real-time image enhancement algorithms mitigate backscatter, surface effects, and platform video motion using single frame and… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) is emerging as a key enabling technology for new defense applications. It can address many militarily-relevant targets and missions by detecting and tracking signals of interest across a range of lengthscales and timescales. Specifically in the… more
Abstract:The objective is to develop a low size, weight and power (SWaP), scalable high peak-power blue laser system for use as a transmitter source for detection of underwater objects from an airborne platform. Arete"s approach leverages recent advances in Diode Pumped Solid-State Lasers (DPSSL)… more
Abstract:This effort will design tactical decision aid (TDA) software that will estimate the performance of a magnetometer-equipped UAV seeking to exploit the magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) signatures of a submerged submarine. Arete Associates will design software to yield estimates of performance such as… more
Abstract:NOAA can reduce costs and improve efficiency by remotely monitoring harbors, navigation channels and coastlines for bathymetric changes. This will aid NOAA and its mission to maintain waterways and assure maritime safety. This remote sensing can be accomplished by implementing a new radar derived… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) have shown promise enhancing a number of military missions; however, most successful autonomous systems have been employed in highly structured environments. To enable operations in militarily relevant, unstructured environments at an operational tempo, a… more
Abstract:This effort will develop innovative methods and an enhanced diagnostic tool to optimize maintenance for the Trident II (D5) Weapon System Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) by determining the most effective maintenance path considering history, likelihood of success for corrective actions, and time… more
Abstract:This effort proposes to develop a toolset to evaluate the effectiveness of a safety-controller that monitors a learning-based autonomous control system. The traditional use of deterministic verification techniques for real-time monitoring is not feasible in the presence of uncertainty. This effort… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Aurora will demonstrate on our automated fiber placement (AFP) machine that we are able to lay up composite panels that contain sacrificial fibers that can be thermally decomposed to create a microvascular network of small cavities that allow the panel to act as a heat exchanger. The AFP… more
Abstract:During the Phase I program, Aurora conducted a comprehensive survey of potential platforms that included government owned and furnished UAVs and manned aircraft as well as Aurora’s Centaur Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA). The survey concluded, in part, that UAVs offer a significant improvement… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Aurora Flight Sciences, in collaboration with Worcester Polytechnic Institute, proposes the development of the Real-Time Safety-Assured Autonomous Aircraft (RTS3A) system. The system dynamically performs decision-making based on both sensed and predictive information to carry out adaptive… more
Abstract:AVID will develop software to perform interactive conceptual design integration to enable improved estimates of performance, including weight and balance associated with early definition of subsystems layout and integration. The software will leverage AVID"s expertise in geometric modeling for… more
Abstract:Autonomous and remotely operated maintenance of complex Navy ship tanks represents a significant challenge in robotics. To solve this problem, AVID LLC is teaming with Carnegie Mellon and Virginia Tech to address this challenge using an air-ground team of robots. AVID"s small 8"EDF-8… more
Abstract:AVID LLC will develop a retrofit kit for standard 81 mm mortar munitions using Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) to increase range more than 100% and add precision GPS targeting. SMA materials provide large actuation forces and require minimal packaging volume, thereby allowing more volume for internal… more
Abstract:Azure Summit Technology, Inc. (Azure) will use the acquisition processor to process a wideband stream of RF spectrum. A"virtual tuner"will process this stream to provide applications with baseband data at desired bandwidths, center frequencies, and time intervals. The wideband stream will… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Azure Summit proposes to leverage ongoing work with DARPA, AFRL, and the Navy to survey potential signals that can be used to harvest precise time, quantify the performance and expectation of trust that can be established, and architect a system solution to create this capability and… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Azure Summit will develop concepts and architectures associated with a flexible, low-cost PNT satellite that improves GPS performance in challenged environments and provides additional space-based functionality. BENEFIT: Improved GPS performance in challenged environments and… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: In order to support changes in requirements for military and civilian GPS and other PNT systems, there is a need to update the signals transmitted from the space segment. In addition to this SBIR topic, the Air Force has also released a Broad Area Announcement seeking sources with… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Azure Summit proposes to leverage ongoing work with DARPA and AFRL Kirtland using CubeSat constellations to mitigate intense SATCOM uplink jamming, and provide an interim asymmetric augmentation that effectively restores that link. This is the Theia concept. CubeSats can be rapidly… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Azure Summit Technology,Inc. (Azure) will develop OmniNAV, a modular, open-architecture navigation receiver that derives PNT solutions from a wide variety of signals and sensors. Unlike today"s military GPS receivers, OmniNAV software and firmware is field upgradable to deliver… more
Abstract:In this Phase II SBIR research, Azure Summit will leverage substantial prior work and experience in small Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) software defined radio and radar to create an important capability for a Sense and Avoid (SAA) radar for multiple platforms, including Triton and Fire Scout. Azure… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: A cyber-physical system (CPS) is a system that features a tight combination of, and coordination between, the system"s computational and physical elements. Today, a pre-cursor generation of cyber-physical systems can be found in areas as diverse as emerging and future combat systems,… more
Abstract:Barron Associates has assembled a team of researchers that include Dr. Sayan Mitra of the University of Illinois and Dr. Ufuk Topcu of the University of Pennsylvania. They will spearhead three complimentary investigations into the development of verification and validation (V & V) approaches… more
Abstract:Rotorcraft operations in a degraded visual environment, and particularly near the ground or other obstacles, can create a high risk of incident and reduce mission effectiveness. The lack of visual cues can create spatial disorientation and increases pilot workload. In a worst-case scenario the lack… more
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