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10 Phase I Selections from the 01.1 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
FOSTER-MILLER, INC.
350 Second Ave.
Waltham, MA 02451
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(781) 622-5513
Mr. Derek Fox
SOCOM 01-001      Awarded: 07MAY01
Title:Composite Pilothouse for the Mark V Special Operations Craft
Abstract:MK V SOC service failures have occurred where the windshield and entire pilothouse assembly have collapsed on wave impact. Such failures have even occurred at moderate speeds in fairly benign seas. The modular pilothouse can also suffer from structural degradation due to the disassembly operations required for C-5 transport. A composite pilothouse, with fully integrated windshields panels and modular aft enclosure options, has the potential to substantially improve the operational performance of the Mark V Special Operations Craft (MK V SOC). The Foster-Miller team will provide a strong, durable integrated structure with multiple novel options discussed herein. Foster-Miller will team with Friede Goldman Halter (FGH) and Structural Composites, Inc. (SCI) to design and implement an all-composite pilothouse for the MK V SOC. The proposed program will pursue development of a complete conceptual design for the composite pilothouse and initial testing of key design features. Foster-Miller will lead the overall composite design and address windshield integration, joining and integrated electronics issues. Friede Goldman Halter will provide expertise in the current design and performance requirements along with operational experience. Structural Composites brings strong expertise in large composite structures fabrication, particularly in U.S. Navy and commercial boat applications. (P-01404) The proposed program will directly benefit the MK V SOC with integration of a stuff proof pilothouse system in the near term. The overall technology development will support ongoing integration of composites in shipboard applications for the military while also enabling improved durability and performance in the commercial and recreational boating industry.

K+P AGILE, INC.
1950 North Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60563
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(630) 577-1937
Mr. Jiten V. Shah
SOCOM 01-001      Awarded: 31MAY01
Title:Composite, Stuff-Proof Windshield and Lightweight Pilothouse Assembly
Abstract:In this Phase I SBIR Program, K+P Agile will develop a high strength, lightweight, modular, composite windshield structure for the MK V Special Operations Craft (SOC) that will not fail when the craft passes through a wave (or "stuffs") at speeds up to 50 knots. The new structure will be a modular, removable lightweight composite pilothouse assembly to replace current metal, glass and fabric structure that now includes the windshield, aluminum overhead, fabric/plastic covering materials, and aluminum arch. The new structure will also include embedded/telescoping sensors/antennae to mask the craft's capabilities while reducing RCS signature. The current MK V SOC windshield structure fails when the boat stuffs into a wave at high speed, is heavy, has numerous weak/leak points, and the fabric coverings do not provide a water tight enclosure. The new structure will permit effective heating and air conditioning of the entire pilothouse assembly and provide better protection of personnel. In Phase I we will design and build a scale prototype of the composite, stuff-proof windshield and lightweight pilothouse assembly using innovative composite materials and high-strength/lightweight design elements, as well as novel manufacturing approaches. In Phase II we will develop and test prototype(s) in operationally representative scenarios/configurations. COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL: The design and supporting technologies would be applicable to all craft that operate in open seas, military or commercial. Embedded antennae and/or sensors would have potential for pleasure craft. The system evolving from this SBIR would be implemented via retro-fit, which is also how commercialization could occur (i.e., retrofit commercial or pleasure-craft with high-performance/lightweight crew and passenger compartment covers).

TRI-CYCLE PRODUCT DESIGN, INC.
43 Buena Vista Street, Suite 308
Ayer, MA 01432
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(978) 772-1799
Mr. Mark W. Wheeler
SOCOM 01-001      Awarded: 30APR01
Title:Composite, Stuff-Proof Windshield and Lightweight Pilothouse Assembly
Abstract:The offerer proposes to design a fully responsive, Stuff-Proof Pilothouse Modification (SPPM), to the MK V Special Operations Craft. Utilizing a proven design methodology, advanced materials, and innovative engineering, a retro-fit to the existing deck structure will be defined. A "transition fitting" to mate the new pilothouse to the MK V's structure, and an innovative windscreen and pilothouse design, utilizing advanced material and configuration options that best suit SOCOM's stated critical characteristics of strength versus weight versus modularity, will be demonstrated. Finally, the design team will launch an investigation of techniques and strategies for innovative stowage of the electronics arch with its myriad antennae and antenna structures.The effort will ostensively provide for SPPM retro-fit of all of SOCOM's Mk V's currently operating with the Special Boat Squadrons. The effort will also provide naval designers with techniques to avoid stuff-proofing issues in future SOC designs. The materials, configurations and flexibility will further benefit the small to medium size boat industry by providing lighterweight, extremely strong and durable superstructures. Finally, innovations anticipated from the design options for the stowable electronics arch may enable production of less expensive antennas and promote new marine applications of COTS electronics.

IDOLON TECHNOLOGIES
72 Stone Place
Melrose, MA 02176
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(781) 665-9200
Mr. George Hovorka
SOCOM 01-002      Awarded: 10MAY01
Title:Clandestine Marker System
Abstract:The requirement for an inexpensive portable tagging system arises from the need to tag and track U.S. military assets. The object of the Phase 1 is to determine the feasibility of a clandestine barcode-like device, which has low energy/power requirements. This device will have a simple user interface and rugged construction. It is a further objective to demonstrate the feasibiilty of a "smart marker" system that is able to automatically record asset movement, for example, when military equipment enters and leaves a facility. The aim of the proposed program is to build a prototype unit and evaluate it under a variety of realistic operational scenarios.The results of this work are expected to be a marker capable of tagging and tracking many different types of assets. The application of this device will include law-enforcement and it will also have applications in shipping, and production plant control.

PHOTON-X, INC.
102A Wynn Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805
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(256) 704-3416
Mr. Blair A. Barbour
SOCOM 01-002      Awarded: 29MAR01
Title:Passive Optical Bar Code Tagging, Tracking and Identification
Abstract:Photon-X team offers an innovative technique to passively or actively tag military troops, military vehicles, military assets and or undercover clandestine operational codes, which are undetectable by the human eye or conventional sensors. Photon-X has developed a patent pending sensor technology called spatial phase, which has demonstrated initial proof of concept for imaging, tracking multi-level transparent bar code tags. Spatial phase technology 1) creates an invisible multi-level optical bar code tag 2) is a portable sensor system for real-time identification of tags, 3) incorporates commercial-off-the-shelf camera technology and 4) uses easy to install bar codes. Spatial phase can be used for automated tracking and inventory of military assets as well as encrypted bar codes for clandestine operations. Spatial phase technology has also been proven to be invariant to lighting changes and has shadow penetration capabilities, where subjects who are hiding in shadows will now be detected. Photon-X has patents pending for this technology and has formed a commercial spin-off company called Sport-X to rapidly develop this tagging technology for Sports tracking/broadcasting and enhanced interactive computer animation. The Photon-X team will demonstrate during this phase I effort the feasibility of using our patent pending spatial phase tagging technology for SOCOM applications.Photon-X has spun-off a commercial venture (Sport-X) dedicated to developing a tagging, tracking and identification optical bar code system to be used in the Sports and interactive gaming markets. The Sport-X mission is to develop non-intrusive tags which can be easily placed on athletes and other sports gear to track these tags for real-time analysis of the players performance, fatigue, weaknesses, etc., this can be used by coaches or by broadcasters as sports commentary. Sport-X has estimated the sports training and player performance market to be several billion for each of the major sports, such as, Football, Baseball, Soccer and Basketball. The computer animation is when each of these passive non-intrusive tags are placed on the joints and the motion of these tags are recorded real-time and the 3D coordinates are transmitted by TCP/IP back to central base station for real life movement of animated scenes. The invention of new sensors continues to add new dimensions to the way humans "see" the world around them. New commercial markets will open up as the sensors become available this SBIR will help us accelerate the development of the technology and offer new potential markets for the technology.

MARINE TURBINE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
298 Louisiana Rd, Port Of West St Mary
Franklin, LA 70538
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(337) 924-0298
Mr. Ted McIntyre
SOCOM 01-003      Awarded: 08MAY01
Title:Application of Turbine Engines in Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Craft
Abstract:The objective is to modify and test gas turbine engines presently installed in/on marine craft to demonstrate that by adapting technology used on street legal vehicles can be used to reduce the heat and noise levels in marine craft. Whether or not the IR 15dB level or lower, and the above water acoustic/noise level to 60dB level or lower can be achieved, is a matter that can only be demostrated by adapting technology used in both helicopters and ground vehicles to marine engine installations and testing to prove the results. It will also demostrate that proposed remedies do not degrade engine performance and reliablity below acceptable limits for the intended use. The adaptation and installation of gas turbines in marine and industrial units advantages in horsepower to weight and overall size makes them extremely desirable in most all marine applications. The issues of sound attenuation and heat signature are relative to the particular installations. In some cases our customers want the exclusive sound a turbine makes, because of the attention it attracts, wereas our commercial customers typically require a more conservative approach. Ferry operators routinely operate from fixed based locations in and around high traffic areas; the engines are normally run continuouslu during loading and unloading. The impact of noise and heat are two concerns that have been dealt with in various forms depending on the vessels configuration. Given the increased size of these craft MTT can utilize several of the proposed systems we intend to use in our Phase 1 proposal, space is often the limiting factor in achieving optimum levels. The other areas that hold great potiental are police operations such as DEA, CIA, Customs and various covert non-military affiliations. The requirement for stealth operations is as important to these groups as NSW. MTT is currently involved in a proposed program called Project Eliminator, which is a cooperative effort to produce a 38 foot drug interdiction craft for the LA. State Police. This spec. boat is one we anticipate offering to associated agencies such as those listed above. Additionally, the technology developed through this effort will carry over into our industrial products including our portable high volume fire pumps, utilizing engines in the proposed horsepower range as required by ABS FiFi 1 and FiFi 2 classification. Current insurance requirements has mandated oilfield operators retrofit existing vessels to accommodate this new requirement. Our turbine packages offer the ability to deck mount said units in lieu of convention inboard installations making them more adaptable to existing craft. It is anticipated that 10 such units will be sold in the next 18 months. MTT currently has a FiFi 1 system in operation in the Gulf of Mexico with interest being expressed for the remainder of the projected sales listed above. In all cases the reduction of noise and IR will greatly improve the potential of this product.

NOESIS, INC.
10530 Linden Lake Plaza, Suite
Manassas, VA 20109
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(703) 741-0300
Mr. Gregory Bender
SOCOM 01-003      Awarded: 04MAY01
Title:Innovative Technologies to Reduce IR and Airborne Noise Signatures Emanating from Gas Turbine Engines in Naval Special Warfare Craft
Abstract:Present Naval Special Warfare (NSW) craft are generally powered by diesel engines, which are relatively large, heavy and complex with many moving parts. And, while gas turbine engines have been examined as a compact, high-power, low-maintenance alternative, they tend to be relatively noisy and discharge large volumes of hot exhaust. Both of these characteristics are less than desirable from a detectability standpoint, and detectability is of vital importance during certain phases of many missions in which Naval Special Warfare Craft are employed. How then can these unfavorable characteristics be overcome to enable SOCOM to use the more compact, high-power, low-maintenance alternative for the NSW craft? This proposal explores innovative technologies that are currently available to reduce infra-red (IR) and airborne noise levels associated with gas turbine engines, thus reducing the ability of an enemy to detect, and once detected, to target NSW craft. Gas turbine engines also have fewer moving parts than reciprocating diesel engines and require overhaul at much longer intervals, thus serving to reduce operational costs. The proposed work will provide a design foundation for the retrofit of gas turbine engines in NSW craft, as well as the incorporation of similar technologies into future SOCOM Special Operations Craft such as the Medium Range Interdiction Craft.

APPLIED MARINE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
228 N. Lynnhaven Rd Suite 110
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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(757) 431-8597
Mr. Norm Carley
SOCOM 01-004      Awarded: 18MAY01
Title:Tactical Simulator for Naval Special Operations Forces (SOF)
Abstract:Tactical scenarios are being combined with evolving multimedia display technologies and high performance simulators to enhance training opportunities throughout the military. To date, with the exception of the SDV-simulator, no high performance simulation tool has been developed to train Naval Special Warfare operators. This proposal demonstrates the feasibility of developing a SEAL Tactical Simulator (STS) that combines actual and hypothetical SEAL combat tactical scenarios with a high performance, multi-path simulation tool with the ability to track individual decisions, influence scenario progression, and lead to a logical conclusion based on the entire decision process. Some of the key traits that SEALs pride themselves on are flexibility and innovativeness. While there is a preferred answer to many situations, there is usually no single right answer. The simulation will be developed to permit "out of the box" thinking consistent with successful mission accomplishment. In the end, the "player" will be able to review each decision node, the consequence of his choice at each node, and then compare alternate courses of action and their relevance based on established doctrine, tactics, and historical case studies. The training value from the STS is for SEALs to experience realistic tactical situations and work through multiple decision points. Benifits: We must have the intellectual agility to conceptualize creative, useful solutions to ambiguous problems....This means training and educating people how to think, not just what to think." The STS will better prepare SEAL personnel to act and react during times of actual conflict, allowing SEAL personnel to safely rehearse their tactical decisions over and over again. By playing through a myriad of potential solutions they will hone their individual decision process and tactical judgment to a fine art, leading to a final benefit of a higher rate of mission success at a lower cost. Potential Commercial Applications: Because of the steady increase in prison populations of both State and Federal facilities as well as the increased requirement for corrections officers who are sufficiently trained to handle both day-to-day operations and crisis situations, we anticipate the introduction of training tools that will incorporate both familiarization and advanced Computer Based Training (CBT) capabilities into the standard practices of corrections facilities. AMTI also anticipates commercial growth in the areas of higher learning for management and leadership where senior management personnel are increasingly joining distance-learning programs to acquire their MBA's and Management degrees. The introduction of this technology will enhance the learning experience and provide colleges and educational institutes the opportunity to exploit reality based training environments where students can be placed in realistic management and leadership scenarios.

REALITY BY DESIGN, INC.
354 West Cummings Park
Woburn, MA 01801
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(407) 736-0066
Mr. Brian Plamondon
SOCOM 01-004      Awarded: 18MAY01
Title:SEAL Tactical Simulator
Abstract:Reality by Design, an Advanced Interactive Systems company, proposes to fuse two compelling technologies to create a training simulator that is capable of recreating these emerging threats with stunning realism. This SEAL Tactical Simulator will progress from a collection of suitable scenarios to development of tactical responses to determining the relative merits of each option. This new training system will provide the trainee with a networked virtual environment featuring high-resolution video based training scenarios. Transition between the two technologies will be smooth and seamless. Exercising both tactical and judgment skills, this simulation will provide a compelling environment complete with an immersive training station, scenario generation tools and after action review capability and it will all run on an inexpensive PC. This system will provide maximum training value at a reasonable price.Commercial potential exists for mission rehearsal of law enforcement officers, security personnel, or border patrols in dangerous, urban situations such as hostage rescue, anti-terrorist and crime-fighting activities. These applications will support distance learning and distributed simulation systems.

UTILITY DEVELOPMENT CORP.
112 Naylon Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
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(973) 994-4334
Mr. Harry S. Katz
CBD 01-401      Awarded: 02MAY01
Title:Advanced Lightweight NBC Protective Clothing
Abstract:Our main objective will be to design, fabricate, and evaluate a lightweight semi-permeable or selectively permeable electrospun membrane, allowing ventilation of the wearer without exposure to outside chemical or biological hazards for NBC protective suits. These light weight semi permeable membranes will have the capability to provide time until agent break through after receiving an agent exposure. UDC will prove the feasibility and potential advantages of the new polymers for electrospinning, crosslinking and lamination of electrospun membrane and a carrier fabric during this Phase I program. These laminates will be tested for breathability, bond strength and launderability. At the end of Phase I, we will provide a report with results and conclusions, and a Phase II plan, schedule and cost estimate. This program will provide lightweight semi-permeable or selectively permeable electrospun membrane laminates for NBC protective suits. Semi-permeable membrane materials are already widely used in commercial applications. Electrospun fiber technology is not presently used in the commercial fabric industry, but offers great potential for integration of new materials into the fabric construction process, as well as potential medical and packaging applications.