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8 Phase I Selections from the 04.3 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
LAMBDA SCIENCE, INC.
P.O. Box 238
Wayne, PA 19087
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(610) 581-7940
Dr. Kenneth Abend
SOCOM 04-006       Awarded: 05JAN05
Title:SOF Tactical Repeater
Abstract:A SOF Tactical Repeater will be a small, rugged, lightweight, programmable, easily deployed, software radio repeater that can be awakened via RF, by an authorized user, from a passive sleep mode. One or more antennae should be deployed away from RF shadowing, with line of sight to all users. In Phase I, Lambda Science will develop emplacement / antenna deployment methods, standby / wake-up methods, perform a top level design using COTS components, simulate and emulate the repeater's operation and signal processing algorithms in MATLAB, and evaluate the design in terms of size, weight, and cost. In Phase II, an experimental breadboard repeater will be created from a pair of existing military radios and a prototype SOF repeater will be designed, built, and tested using modern military radios.

NOMADICS, INC.
1024 S. Innovation Way
Stillwater, OK 74074
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(405) 372-9535
Mr. Dean Feken
SOCOM 04-006       Awarded: 17DEC04
Title:Miniaturized Low Power Tactical Repeater System
Abstract:Short range line-of-site communication is an integral part of the SOF mission. In nearly all regions where SOF operations take place, there is little if any short-range line-of-site communications infrastructure that can support these missions. The objective of this project is to design and eventually build a small (less that 64 cubic inches, targeted) lightweight (less than 1 lb. targeted), man portable, channelized tactical repeater system for operation in the VHF and UHF frequency bands. The system will support voice and data both encrypted and un-encrypted radio relay over line-of-site. In Phase I, Nomadics will research and assess conventional repeater techniques and develop methods to minimize weight, size, power requirements, and cost while maximizing performance of the conventional repeater system. Nomadics will the design the repeater system with special consideration of urban and rural radio path requirements, antenna requirements and availability, modes of operation including voice, data, and encrypted voice and data, and deployment methods including hand, weapon delivery, robotic, UAV, and air emplacement.

NOVA ENGINEERING, INC.
5 Circle Freeway Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45246
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(513) 642-3208
Dr. David Hartup
SOCOM 04-006       Awarded: 06JAN05
Title:SOF Tactical Repeater
Abstract:Special Operations Forces face a variety of scenarios that limit communications. Blockage by urban structures, urban and rural terrain obstacles, and a desire for over-the-horizon communication dictate the need for a tactical repeater. The proposed research will analyze candidate repeater architectures. Emphasis will be placed on cost, size, weight, power, functionality, time-to-market, ruggedness, and ability to be upgraded. The repeater will be designed to operate at VHF and UHF, and will be compatible with radios and waveforms currently used by Special Operations Forces. Attention will be given to system issues to insure the repeater fits in seamlessly with current hardware. For example, cosite issues will be carefully examined. The architecture will also be chosen such that use of the repeater will not involve soldier interaction that would detract from the main purpose of a mission. The hardware architecture will be designed to accept several types of power sources, including external power.

FRONT EDGE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
13455 Brooks Drive, Suite A
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Phone:
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Topic#:
(626) 856-8979
Dr. Simon K. Nieh
SOCOM 04-008       Awarded: 27NOV04
Title:Alternative Power Sources
Abstract:This program will develop a series of lightweight highly-reliable power sources (5, 10, and 25Wh/day capacities) for installation by SOF at remote sensor sites. Front Edge Technology's (FET's) proposed approach is to integrate ultra-high-reliability solar cells and FET's new long-life solid-state energy-storage-device into a robust lightweight "Power Module". The module components will be similar to those now being used by FET to develop a man-wearable solar-power system for Marine expeditionary forces. FET's preliminary design of a 10Wh/day Power Module measures only 5" x 7", weighs approximately half a pound, and is expected to have 4-year reliability of 99+%. Phase I of the proposed program will produce a breadboard, design studies, simulated life testing, and three optimized designs. Full-size fully-operational 25Wh/day prototypes will be fabricated and tested during Phase II.

SMARTSPARK ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC.
60 E. Hazelwood Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(217) 344-6044
Mr. Brian T. Kuhn
SOCOM 04-008       Awarded: 29OCT04
Title:Alternative Power Sources
Abstract:SmartSpark Energy Systems proposes a battery-free power supply for unattended field use that combines advanced power electronics with state-of-the-art photovoltaics and high-density double-layer capacitors. The technical challenges are to develop and apply sophisticated power electronics for optimal energy management of a photovoltaic source, to store the energy efficiently in a reversible process over thousands of cycles, to provide tightly regulated dc power supply outputs, and to package the system to be waterproof and reliable under harsh weather conditions. The expected outcome is a modular system that can produce power unattended for at least four years while delivering energy of 5 W-hr/day, scalable to 10 W-hr/day and 25 W-hr/day. SmartSpark plans to combine its patented solar power processing and energy storage management inventions with innovations in power electronics control to achieve the technical objectives. The objectives include efficient energy conversion from photovoltaics even at low and variable light levels, energy storage input-output efficiency exceeding 80%, outputs that support standard 12 V, 5 V, and 3.3 V loads, and a package that allows the system to reach 100,000 hr computed mean-time-between-failure in wet environments. A system is planned that achieves this with a 2.5 kg (5.5 lb) mass and volume under four liters.

BREAULT RESEARCH ORGANIZATION
6400 E. Grant Road, Suite 350
Tucson, AZ 85715
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(520) 721-0500
Mr. Mark Fink
SOCOM 04-009       Awarded: 02DEC04
Title:Image Intensified Lightweight Lens Development
Abstract:In recent engagements, the military has employed unconventional methods to gain a tactical advantage. One of these methods is increased night patrols and night combat operations using night vision goggles. Even though the capabilities of these devices have increased, they are still large and heavy, which reduces individual mobility and increases soldier fatigue. The classical approach at reducing system weight is to replace the glass lenses with plastic components. However, this has had limited success because of the large index difference between glass and plastic and the large focus shift with temperature from plastic components. We propose a new approach where the requirements for the application match the performance of the light-weight, all plastic lens, NVG system. We will survey and analyze existing NVG systems and select a system whose performance and layout allow the glass lenses to be replaced with plastic lenses. We will also investigate different mechanical housing configurations using dissimilar metals and composite materials to compensate the focus shift from changes in temperature. By this approach, we will develop new processes that will further develop the capabilities of light weight night vision optics.

GRAFLEX, INC.
1281 N. Ocean Drive Suite 201, Singer Island
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(561) 842-4060
Mr. Brad Ganther
SOCOM 04-009       Awarded: 01DEC04
Title:Image Intensified Lightweight Lens Development
Abstract:Formulate a low risk, design, development and produceablility plan for a lighweight, high performance fixed focal length and stepped zoom lenses suitable for visible and near IR imaging applications, such applications will include intensified direct viewing devices and man portable, day/intensified night video surveillance systems. Primary emphasis will be directed to maximum long range target surveillance requirements subject to practical portability considerations.

OPTICS 1, INC.
3050 E Hillcrest Drive, Suite 100
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(603) 296-0469
Mr. Jeff Daiker
SOCOM 04-009       Awarded: 09NOV04
Title:Image Intensified Lightweight Lens Development
Abstract:The goal of the program is conduct research and trade studies to determine solutions for an advanced, lightweight, long range image intensified zoom lens system. The development will include research into the latest optical design techniques as well as advanced materials which will provide performance superior to the standard aluminum alloys used in military sights.