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8 Phase I Selections from the 04.1 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
PHYSICAL OPTICS CORP.
Electro-Optics Holo Div 20600 Gramercy Pl Bldg 100
Torrance, CA 90501
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(310) 320-3088
Mr. Kevin Yu
SOCOM 04-002       Awarded: 17MAR04
Title:Polymer-Based Glass-Like Coating Material System for Multi-Layered Protective Film
Abstract:State-of-the-art aircraft/helicopter transparency materials lack the mechanical strength to withstand the environmental effects of blowing sand and dust particles, and thus degrade pilots' ability to see through. Scratched and damaged transparencies must be replaced, and this is both expensive and time consuming. The lifespan of the transparencies can be significantly increased by applying multilayered protective film, each layer of which can be peeled off when damaged, leaving a new clear protective film. To address this need Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a novel optically clear multilayer protective window film based on a unique glass﷓like polymer coating material, to be produced by a unique modification of the sol﷓gel process, combining mechanical durability with chemical resistance. The proposed material system can be coated on either flat or curved window substrates, with the multilayer coating films bonded together by an adhesive system such as vinyl acetate. In Phase I, POC will develop a polymer-based glass-like UV curable sol﷓gel protective coating, and laminate it into a multilayered protective film to demonstrate its unique properties. Phase II will scale up and optimize the window film material coating process to produce multilayered protective film to be field tested and demonstrate cost-effective manufacturability.

UNITED PROTECTIVE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
4600G Lebanon Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
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(704) 573-8988
Mr. Brent Barbee
SOCOM 04-002       Awarded: 22MAR04
Title:Optically clear multi-layered protective window/sensor film for use on rotary wing aircraft
Abstract:Since the inception of windscreens on aircraft, the effects of erosion on the transparent materials utilized for this application has been problematic. With the development of faster aircraft, Night Vision Goggles and various sensors which utilize electromagnetic waves in the visible and IR ranges this problem has been intensified. The team at United Protective Technologies, propose to provide data to demonstrate the feasibility of eliminating erosion through the use of an innovative protective window film which is applied directly to the environmentally exposed surfaces of windscreens and sensor windows. This material can be applied in a multiple layer configuration or as single layer sheets. When the film is removed it will leave no residue on underlying layers, and will not adversely affect light transmission. It will absorb particulate impact which may otherwise damage an unprotected window, therefore increasing pilot safety. This film will work equally well on various windscreen materials including Glass, Acrylic, and Polycarbonate. Installation techniques will also be developed which will reduce the risk of the film detaching from the protected surface during flight. Lastly this protective film will filter out harmful UV radiation which not only affects pilots, but also expensive cockpit instrumentation.

SIERRA MONOLITHICS, INC.
103 West Torrance Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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(310) 379-2005
Dr. Binneg Y. Lao
SOCOM 04-003       Awarded: 14APR04
Title:Miniature Multi-band Radar Beacon (MMRB)
Abstract:The Dual band beacon SMP-2000 has been successfully deployed in various missions providing combat identification, multiple drop/landing/assault marking, and as point designators for targeting. However it does not meet the desired specifications for size and weight and lacks an integrated GPS readout. It also cannot communicate with the Joint Stars aircraft for Blue Force tracking. The advent of Silicon Germanium (SiGe) based RFICs permits the implementation of complex multi-GHz circuits onto a single chip. Sierra Monolithics proposes to develop a miniaturized version of SMP-2000 by incorporating many of the active and passive components onto a SiGe RFIC for each band. This reduction of size and weight will enable the addition of a GPS receiver and its antenna with minimal volume penalty. The proposed frequency source and modulation scheme will allow both beacon and JSTAR functions within the same unit.

AeroStream Communications LLC
24658 Foothills Drive North
Golden, CO 80401
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(303) 526-4697
Mr. Don Moore
SOCOM 04-004       Awarded: 29JUN04
Title:Miniature Quickscan Receiver
Abstract: Develop a miniature, lowcost scanning receiver.

IPITEK
2330 Faraday Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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(760) 438-1010
Dr. David Schaafsma
SOCOM 04-004       Awarded: 01JUL04
Title:COMPACT, LOW POWER, WIDEBAND ELECTRO-OPTIC QUICKSCAN RECEIVER
Abstract: The need for a system which can locate mobile, potentially hostile sources over a wide frequency range across the low frequency (LF, 10 kHz 1 MHz) to microwave (mwave, 1 10 GHz) bands mandates a new type of antenna technology that can cover this frequency range with high fidelity. We propose to develop a wideband, rapidly tunable, compact, low power receive antenna that can be integrated into existing SIGINT/COMINT systems. These receiver subsystems will offer uniquely wide frequency range, low power operation, high sensitivity, and light weight. We have previously demonstrated that this technology can be used from DC to 8 GHz, with 80 dB of dynamic range.

Oceanit Laboratories, Inc.
1001 Bishop Street, ASB Tower, Suite 2970
Honolulu, HI 96813
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(808) 531-3017
Mr. Derek Ah Yo
SOCOM 04-004       Awarded: 08JUL04
Title:Miniature Quickscan Receiver
Abstract: Special Operation Forces personnel require a rugged, miniature receiver that is capable of monitoring RF energy while deployed on a mission. The RF receiver will give a better picture of the electromagnetic threat environment enabling a heightened situational awareness, yet the device must be small enough that it does not hamper the SOF warfighter during missions requiring stealth and rapid mobility. This proposal is to conduct a feasibility study on using a CMOS based RFIC implementation to miniaturize the front end of the Miniature Quickscan Receiver. The receiver front end will consist of the following components: bandpass filter (BPF), low noise amplifier (LNA), image rejection filter, mixer, IF filter, and IF amplifier. GaAs HBT technology will also be explored for comparison. Designs, simulation results, and conclusions will be delivered upon project completion.

B.E. MEYERS & CO., INC.
14540 NE 91st Street
Redmond, WA 98052
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(425) 881-6648
Mr. Bruce Runyard
SOCOM 04-005       Awarded: 17MAY04
Title:Advanced Vision & Position Acquisition System (AVPAS)
Abstract:B.E. Meyers & Company proposes to deliver the Phase I requirements of the AVPAS by utilizing its research and development resources to examine new technologies, architectures, and designs. These efforts will result in providing to the government the market research, proof-of-concept analysis, and a proposed design for an AVPAS prototype. The prototype design will be founded on incremental testing and sub-integration of the architectures selected, thereby promoting certainty of schedule and minimal developmental risk.

INSIGHT TECHNOLOGY, INC.
3 Technology Drive
Londonderry, NH 03053
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(603) 626-4800
Mr. William Lindsay
SOCOM 04-005       Awarded: 09APR04
Title:Advanced Vision & Position Acquisition System (AVPAS)
Abstract:Our goal is to develop a single device or modular group of devices weighing less than three pounds that can provide all of the functionality required for individual dismounted special forces for surveillance, small arms fire control, and tactical network connectivity. This challenge requires expertise not only in each of the individual modules for day sights, night vision, range finding, GPS, compassing, and RF communications -- but more importantly requires the ability to expertly combine these multiple elements in a space efficient and user friendly manner. It is in this area that Insight Technology excels. Our effort will include the development of mission scenarios, an analysis of the operational and functional requirements, a market survey of the latest available functional modules for each of the functions listed, trade studies to determine the optimal configuration of the system, risk reduction demonstrations or experiments, a preliminary design of the system configuration selected, and a final report.