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9 Phase I Selections from the 05.1 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
AERODYNE RESEARCH, INC.
45 Manning Road
Billerica, MA 01821
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(978) 663-9500
Charles E. Kolb
SOCOM 05-001      Awarded: 24MAR05
Title:Renewable Electric Energy Source for Special Operations Force (SOF) Maritime Combatant Craft
Abstract:An electric power source is needed that is two-man portable or lighter, operates on logistics fuels (JP-8, diesel), is quiet, and has a low thermal signature. We propose the MICE (Miniature Internal Combustion Engine) generator that is currently being developed by Aerodyne Research to deliver 500 W electrical power using logistics fuels. The design for this MICE generator will weigh less than 16 pounds. A MICE generator for the SOC-R application will have roughly the same weight. In the Phase I program, a MICE generator system will be designed specifically for the SOC-R application. An acoustic suppression design to reduce the acoustic emission to a "quiet" level of 40 dB or lower will be developed and demonstrated. In the Phase II program, several prototype units of the 500 W MICE generator will be developed and delivered.

MESOSCOPIC DEVICES, LLC
510 Compton Street, Suite 106
Broomfield, CO 80020
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(303) 466-6968
Christine M. Martin
SOCOM 05-001      Awarded: 24MAR05
Title:SOFC Auxiliary Power Source for Surveillance Operations
Abstract:Special operations forces use special combat craft for surveillance missions. To enable stealth while on station, these boats require quiet auxiliary power sources. Large battery banks are currently used, but these batteries are heavy and limit the mission duration. Fuel cells have been proposed as possible quiet power sources, but existing systems, e.g. Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells, require specialized or potentially dangerous fuels such as highly compressed hydrogen that are impractical aboard ships or boats. We propose a compact, high-volumetric energy density solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) hybrid system operating on high-sulfur marine fuels. We will address critical system-level integration issues specific to deployment on the combat craft through detailed system modeling and system mechanical design. This approach will result in a quiet auxiliary power supply operating on safe logistics fuels with both high volumetric power density and high efficiency.

POWERIX TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
2000 Hogback Rd, Suite 13&14
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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(734) 975-9238
Su Steyn
SOCOM 05-001      Awarded: 07APR05
Title:SPLASHGen : A Renewable Electrical Power Source for SOC-R Operations
Abstract:This SBIR Phase-I effort proposes a novel, soldier-portable, low acoustic signature hybrid power generation system, SPLASHGen, which provides an alternative solution to the energy requirements of the SOCOM SOC-R mission. The proposed SPLASHGen technology is a parallel hybrid electric power system that uses a swing-engine-based power generation system that is augmented by a rechargeable battery pack when operating under peak loads. Preliminary sizing studies have estimated the total deployed mass of SPLASHGen below 20kg (including fuel mass for 72 hours continuous operation), distributed across two units measuring 6"x12"x12" and 12"x15"x15" units. SPLASHGen provides for a 9.26 times reduction over the original marine battery system, from 172.8kg to 18.65kg, achieves an order of magnitude increase in specific energy over battery systems and can be routinely transported by a two-man team, with each operative carrying approximately 9kg.

PROTONEX TECHNOLOGY CORP.
153 Northboro Road
Southborough, MA 01772
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(508) 490-9960
Grreg Cipriano
SOCOM 05-001      Selected for Award
Title:Fuel Cell Quiet Auxiliary Power Unit for Special Ops
Abstract:Protonex will develop a quiet, durable, high-energy source which is able to power auxiliary electrical equipment for SOCOM operations. It must be able to withstand a harsh operational environment and be lightweight, compact and man portable. Protonex proposes to develop a quiet Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) that will meet all the energy, power and other requirements for this application. This system will be based on proven Protonex NGenT fuel cell technology combined with an innovative, snap-in fuel cartridge that has a high energy density and is environmentally friendly. The proposed system will have superior metrics to all other technology alternatives available for the specialized requirements. Protonex is currently developing a number of innovative fuel cell based portable power products for a variety of military needs that are best in class in terms of weight, volume and cost versus alternative solutions. The company proposes to design a specific solution for this SOCOM application based on Protonex's knowledge and experience gained from this substantial body of product development.

MARTIN ELECTRONICS, INC.
10625 Puckett Rd.
Perry, FL 32347
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(850) 584-2634
Larry D. Cozine
SOCOM 05-002      Selected for Award
Title:Door Breaching Ammunition
Abstract:The MEI1080 HELLHOUND 40mm Low Velocity Multi-Purpose Grenade is a fixed type ammunition designed to be fired from a 40mm Grenade Launcher. The round consists of an A5 filled metal projectile body, slightly longer than the current M433, with a rotating band, a point initiating-base detonating fuze with Safe and Arm technology, and a cartridge case assembly with MEI's proprietary energy delivery system to allow a heavier weighted cartridge to obtain 247 f/s velocities. The MEI1080 has twice the A5 fill amount and a 40% increase in the shrapnel pattern than the M433 and with the point initiating-base detonating fuzing applies enourmous energy to any static door combination when initiated.

MECHANICAL SOLUTIONS, INC.
1719 Rt. 10 East, Suite 305
Parsippany, NJ 07054
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(973) 326-9920
William D. Marscher
SOCOM 05-002      Selected for Award
Title:Door Breaching Ammunition
Abstract:United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) currently has identified a need to develop improved door breaching capabilities. In response, Mechanical Solutions, Inc. (MSI) has conceived a novel, non-lethal, door-breaching munition. This 12-gauge shotgun round would contain magnetic powder and small, strategically positioned magnets. The powder would approximate a solid projectile upon firing because of the magnetic forces acting on it, but would then disperse rapidly after transferring its energy while removing targeted door hardware. MSI's concept offers improved kinetic energy potential versus similar designs without generating large fragments of matter, dramatically improving the safety of the shooter and of those on the opposite side of the door. MSI is confident that it can successfully construct such a munition, having recently conducted substantial research on prototype non-lethal munitions that used magnetic technologies. MSI has assembled an outstanding team of munitions consultants along with its seasoned staff of engineers, in order to ensure successful implementation of this important and timely project.

POLYSHOK, INC.
2702 Woodmere Dr.
Panama City, FL 32405
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(888) 820-2010
James R. Middleton
SOCOM 05-002      Selected for Award
Title:Door Breaching Ammunition
Abstract:This research will prove the feasibility of producing an improved 12 gauge door breaching munition with substantially reduced collateral damage. Current 12 gauge shotgun breaching munitions have problems breaching heavy/hardened doors, hinges and locksets. With the exception of the current Polyshok IRP round, all current breaching munitions pose significant risk of collateral injury to innocent bystanders on the inside of the breached door. The effectiveness of all conventional breaching munitions is limited to the amount of material the projectile can push out of its way during impact, before running out of energy. A more effective 12 gauge door breaching munition requires a more efficient expenditure of energy. A more efficient process would be to mimic a non-explosive shape charge such as the patented Polyshok IRP round. Our projectile will be designed to punch into the target and immediately release a highly disruptive radial energy discharge. This results in an explosively fast and widespread expansion process. The round will expend its energy laterally through the entire impact phase of flight and substantially increase the area of the door structure affected by the impact with no potential for a solid projectile to exit the inside of the door.

ASSETT, INC.
8616 Phoenix Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
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(703) 365-8510
George T. Dasher
SOCOM 05-003      Awarded: 30MAR05
Title:Velocity Sensing Sonar for Naval Special Warfare Undersea Vehicles
Abstract:This proposal responds to the need for a more capable velocity sensor for Naval Special Warfare undersea vehicles that will enable 3D bottom and water column tracking. Currently the Advanced Seal Deployment System utilizes a Doppler Sonar capable of operations at altitudes of up to approximately 300 meters over the sea bed for bottom track mode. There is also a stated need to decrease weight, volume and power consumption when compared to the current system. Having an accurate velocity sensor is key to navigating underwater. To address these concerns, ASSETT's proposal combines existing sonar designs in an innovative fashion using high frequency sonar for altitudes to 400 meters and low frequency sonar for altitudes beyond 1000 meters. All of this is packaged in a manner that takes advantage of modern technology to reduce weight and volume and a unique method of powering the low frequency portion of the sonar that limits power usage. ASSETT has assembled a strong team consisting of our employees who have over 50 combined years of sonar systems experience, a recognized consultant we have worked with for over 25 years and EDO, the premier provider of ceramic sensor technology and systems to the US Navy.

RD INSTRUMENTS
9855 Businesspark Ave.
San Deigo, CA 92131
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(858) 693-1178
John E. Yiannakakis
SOCOM 05-003      Awarded: 28MAR05
Title:Velocity Sensing Sonar for Naval Special Warfare Undersea Vehicles
Abstract:This Phase I proposal is to establish the feasibility of developing a velocity log suited to navigation of small underwater vehicles that are required to transit to the littoral zone from deeper open ocean waters during clandestine operations. The instrument will measure three components of bottom- and water-relative velocity over a wide altitude range of less than 1 to greater than 1000 m. It will be accurate, small, light-weight, and use little average power. We propose an innovative hybrid design combining several technologies we have already developed. As correlation velocity log (CVL) technology is ideally suited to achieving high altitude bottom-tracking with a limited aperture, we will scale down and update our 22 kHz CVL to a frequency between 38 and 75 kHz. Accuracy and covertness concerns at low altitudes motivate us to add a Doppler velocity log transducer (probably a 2D phased array operating at 600 kHz), with shared electronics in the hybrid system minimizing size and weight. During Phase I we will design the hybrid velocity log sonar, validate the concept, and specify a prototype to be built and further developed in Phase II.