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47 Phase I Selections from the 08.3 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
Halberd Match Corp
1230 Parkway Ave Suite 306
Ewing, NJ 08628
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(609) 882-7000
Michael Shutt
NAVY 08-205      Awarded: 12/22/2008
Title:Radar Detection and Tracking of Small Maritime Targets at High Grazing Angles
Abstract:Development of high-grazing-angle radar signal processing techniques that employ a long integration time approach with a pulse agile beam that can be used to reliably detect, identify and discriminate maritime targets. Furthermore, we propose to conduct a proof- of-concept study that demonstrates the feasibility of using radar data coupled with advanced image analysis to detect moving submerged submarines. HMC has developed data processing technologies inherently aimed at facing low quality image challenges. The advanced image analysis method we propose is a customized pattern recognition technique using innovative algorithms and software-based logic. Our advanced approach identifies minute effects that submerged submarines generate on the sea-surface above. This proof-of-concept study will be completed within six months of contract award. Through this effort, HMC offers a new, non-acoustic radio frequency (RF) submarine tracking capability and a high-value operational system to enhance the Navy¡¦s antisubmarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. Additional technologies examined in this proposed project will include advanced image processing of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data and exploitation, automatic target recognition (ATR) and classification. Our proposed effort supports a number of the top-level Naval Research Areas of Interest as non-acoustic ASW sensors and systems, rapid precision ASW targeting technologies and techniques and others

RDRTec Inc.
3737 Atwell St. Suite 202
Dallas, TX 75209
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(214) 213-5579
Sidney W. Theis
NAVY 08-205      Awarded: 12/22/2008
Title:Radar Detection and Tracking of Small Maritime Targets at High Grazing Angles
Abstract:RDRTec Inc. proposes to investigate the feasibility of combining new innovative pulse interleaved radar hardware capabilities that enable long integration times while maintaining search area rates.

AGILTRON CORP.
15 Cabot Road
Woburn, MA 01801
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(781) 935-1200
Geoffrey Burnham
NAVY 08-206      Awarded: 12/11/2008
Title:High Performance Fiber Optic Rotary Joint System
Abstract:Agiltron proposes to develop a new class of multi-channel FORJ, which meets the demanding aerospace communication rotary link requirement of ultra-reliability, light weight, compact size, and high performance. Our approach is based on an optical wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) platform which enables a single light beam to carry multi-channel signals and pass through the rotary joint. The unique design offers unmatched ultra-high reliability and miniature size due to single optical rotation axial coupling construction. The proposed miniature FORJ is well suited for retrofitting into many existing installations such as folding airplane wings, radar antennas, turrets and winches. The simple design is compatible to mass production process and has intrinsic mechanism to assure continuous optical connection of multi-port during rotation in severe shock, vibration and thermal environments. Phase I work will demonstrate the compact fiber optic rotary joint by building a working prototype. Phase II will produce a full specification working system.

NUWAVES LTD.
Research and Technology Center 122 Edison Drive
Middletown, OH 45044
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(513) 360-0800
Jeff Benz
NAVY 08-206      Awarded: 12/10/2008
Title:High Density, Fiber-Optic Sensors, Single Mode/Multi-Mode and High Power Fiber-Optic Rotary Connection Technology
Abstract:Electro-Optic technology is rapidly replacing coax based applications. Photonic routing and distribution offer new opportunities for digital and analog RF signal transport over optical fiber networks. Core utilities for adopting optical fiber systems are speed, bandwidth, and reliability. NuWaves’ proposal addresses the need for a high- performance, high density, low loss, fiber optic rotary joint (FORJ), which offers low weight, minimum working volume, immunity to EMI, and reliable fault free rotation.

TREX ENTERPRISES CORP.
10455 Pacific Center Court
San Diego, CA 92121
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(808) 442-7030
Edward P. Davis
NAVY 08-206      Awarded: 12/11/2008
Title:Single Mode/Multi Mode and High Power Fiber-Optic Rotary Connection Technology
Abstract:Fiber Optic Rotary Joints allow optical signals carried by fiber optic cables to traverse a rotating interface (for example between the rotating and stationary parts of a piece of equipment). Fiber optics are used in many different applications, and are rapidly replacing traditional copper wiring for communications of signals. Solutions such as slip-rings exist to allow traditional electrical signals to traverse a rotating interface with low loss, but current existing Fiber Optic Rotary Joints tend to have much higher losses than their electrical counterparts (in addition, existing Fiber Optic Rotary Joints tend to be more complex as well, containing many moving parts such as gear trains and de-rotation prisms). Trex Enterprises has invented a novel approach to Fiber Optic Rotary Joints that relies on collimation technology developed for our fiber optic cross-connect switches. This new Fiber Optic Rotary Joint has the potential to exhibit lower loss and higher reliability than competing technologies. In addition, it contains no additional moving parts (other than the requisite rotating and stationary halves), and is bi-directional and wavelength independent.

Integrated Adaptive Applications, Inc
2506 NW 19th Way
Gainesville, FL 32605
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(352) 378-7549
Yahui Zhu
NAVY 08-207      Awarded: 12/19/2008
Title:A Synergistic MIMO SAR and GMTI Approach to Continuous Ground Moving Target Surveillance
Abstract:Enormous efforts have been devoted to the data acquisition, signal processing, and automatic recognition of stationary or moving targets. However, the move-stop-move ground targets are much more difficult to detect and localize since the detection of such challenging targets may require multiple radar systems, making system integration a challenging problem. Moreover, multidimensional situation awareness of the battlefield requires the coverage of large regions, known as wide area surveillance. There is a significant need to develop sensor platforms that allow synergistic SAR and GMTI for the detection, tracking, localization and recognition all types of targets over a wide area. The main objective of this program is to develop a synergistic multi-input multi-output (MIMO) SAR and GMTI radar system for wide area surveillance. The goal of this objective is to address the following technical issues for the MIMO radar system: probing waveform synthesis, receive filter design for SAR imaging, STAP for GMTI, as well as the simultaneous detection, tracking, localization and recognition of stationary, moving, move- stop-move targets. The secondary objective is to develop, test and deliver a software- based simulation capability that realistically simulates the MIMO SAR and GMTI radar sensor, target, clutter and interference environment.

Mustang Technology Group, L.P.
400 W. Bethany Suite 110
Allen, TX 75013
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(972) 396-4423
Kevin Williamson
NAVY 08-207      Awarded: 12/19/2008
Title:Develop Novel Concepts for Continuous Ground Moving Target Surveillance
Abstract:Mustang Technology Group proposes to address the problem of continuous tracking of targets that alternately stop and move by interleaving at the pulse level moving target indication and synthetic aperture radar to produce simultaneous operation of these two modes.

Aurrion LLC
3914 Via lucero Unit G
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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(805) 455-6166
Greg Fish
NAVY 08-208      Awarded: 1/22/2009
Title:Ultra low-cost integrated laser and SOA modulator switch
Abstract:A novel approach to achieving a high performance narrowline optical source with large output power dynamic range and short pulsewidth is proposed using a silicon platform for ultra low-cost and high reliability. We are using recent breakthroughs in silicon photonics that allow integration of DFB lasers with SOA switches in a low cost platform. Some of the key advantages to our proposed approach include: 1) Low linewidth by using low loss silicon waveguides 2) DFB lasers with an integrated external cavity and electronic feedback for control of both pulse amplitude and phase 3) Large extinction ratio: >80 dB pulses for improved dynamic range. 4) Integration: The key to success of this project is integration of the laser, waveguide and switch and optional phase modulator. This is essential to achieve the low noise figure, high powers, compact size and low cost, by eliminating packaging costs of discrete implementations while retaining the performance.

Morton Photonics Incorporated
3301 Velvet Valley Drive
West Friendship, MD 21794
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(443) 745-4779
Paul A. Morton
NAVY 08-208      Awarded: 1/22/2009
Title:Ultra-Low-Cost Low-Noise Hybrid-Integrated Laser and SOA Modulator Switch
Abstract:This SBIR program brings together a world leader in semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs), a paradigm changing ultra-low-cost packaging technology, and the expertise to integrate these technologies to develop a product that will meet the demanding technical and cost targets for the NavSea application driving this SBIR topic. In this program, a low noise laser source will be combined with a customized SOA device, including an optical isolator between these elements, through the use of novel hybrid-integration techniques. The resulting device will provide excellent noise performance during SOA switching transients, as required for demanding sensing applications. The device will offer ultra- low-cost and high-volume manufacturing to support DOD requirements.

3 Phoenix, Inc.
13135 Lee Jackson Hwy Suite 330
Fairfax, VA 22033
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(703) 956-6480
Bruce Gallemore
NAVY 08-209      Awarded: 1/23/2009
Title:Embedded Training Techniques for Target Discrimination Systems
Abstract:Complex systems such as the SPS-74(V) Periscope Detection Radar automatic target recognition system present difficult training challenges for enhancing and maintaining operator proficiency. Technical challenges arise from the nature of software automation. The most difficult recognition cases can usually be trained effectively only with actual sensor data. Keeping the proficiency training current is also a challenge. Automation algorithms evolve in time as improvements are developed. System features such as display formats and tools also evolve. Hence, the training must evolve at the same pace. 3 Phoenix, Inc. proposes an innovative approach to develop a very lightweight, portable training delivery software infrastructure system that coexists with the tactical software and leverages the tactical software functions as much as possible. This eliminates the need to duplicate or emulate the operational environment on a training platform. The proposed embedded trainer includes a novel Contact Evaluation Assistant function which aids the operator in understanding the decision making processes of the automation software, thus improving the collaboration between operator and automation. The proposed approach will be an innovative training solution that is applicable to any system that implements automated target recognition with operator collaboration.

Colorado Engineering Inc.
1310 United Heights Suite 105
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
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(719) 388-8582
Lawrence Scally
NAVY 08-209      Awarded: 1/23/2009
Title:Modular, Adaptive, Stimulator for Training & Test (MASTT)
Abstract:Current and future radars are becoming more sophisticated in order to handle the increased discrimination of more complex targets and corresponding target environments; outputs are detail-rich visual signatures. Current radars are looking for more than just detecting the target in these complex environments, they want to extract target features for classification. Radars are handling these requirements with mixed waveform modes; complex waveform suites; higher fidelity receivers and multiple beam processing. Radar stimulators for these new advanced systems have not been keeping up. These stimulators are needed for training of operators and test of the complex systems in order to realize the value provided by the radar advances. Colorado Engineering is proposing a modular stimulator system that can be distributed and configured in many forms to suit small to large radar systems.

Stottler Henke Associates, Inc.
951 Mariner''''s Island Blvd., STE 360
San Mateo, CA 94404
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(650) 931-2700
James C. Ong
NAVY 08-209      Awarded: 1/23/2009
Title:WatchTutor – an Intelligent Tutoring System for Operating Periscope Detection Radars.
Abstract:Stottler Henke proposes to develop WatchTutor, a scenario-based intelligent tutoring system (ITS) that will train students to operate and maintain advanced target discriminations systems such as the SPS-74 CVN Periscope Detection Radar. WatchTutor will provide individualized, practice-based learning with automated instruction by presenting scenario-based exercises, monitoring the student’s performance during these exercises, assessing the student’s proficiency, diagnosing missing knowledge and skills, and providing automated instruction in the form of hints, coaching, and feedback on the student’s performance during and after each exercise. Distinctive elements of our highly practical approach include detailed after-action review, coaching, and simplified scenario authoring. During this phase 1 effort, we will develop an operator competency model and specify training requirements, investigate target discrimination system architecture and interfaces to specify options and constraints for integrating WatchTutor, specify WatchTutor functional requirements, develop use cases and a concept of operations, develop the WatchTutor system design, develop a limited software prototype, and elicit feedback. We will draw upon our extensive experience developing simulation- based intelligent tutoring systems and automated threat identification systems for the U.S. Navy, and authoring tools for developing advanced training simulations and intelligent tutors.

Aware, Inc.
40 Middlesex Turnpike
Bedford, MA 01730
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(781) 687-0562
James Maurer
NAVY 08-210      Awarded: 2/9/2009
Title:Aware Proposal for the DoD 2008.3 SBIR Solicitation Topic 08-210
Abstract:This Portable Multimodal Biometric Device (PMBD) will provide an integrated capability to employ individual-oriented identity information in the conduct of maritime and expeditionary operations. It will rapidly establish and verify the identity information of unknown individuals encountered in the conduct of operations and improve force capacity to update, manage and share trusted information on such individuals. Collected biometric data will meet the standards for the Department of Defense as well as U.S. law enforcement agencies.

Azimuth Incorporated
3741 Morgantown Industrial Park
Morgantown, WV 26501
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(304) 292-3700
John Hurt
NAVY 08-210      Awarded: 2/9/2009
Title:Portable Multimodal Biometric Devices
Abstract:Historically, portable biometric collection systems have been designed for fixed Law Enforcement office applications. Their limitations stem from the fact that they were designed for specific hardware collection sensors optimized for a specific application. To a large extent the software is proprietary to a single vendor’s sensor suite and not designed to accept international character sets. Current products that the Department of Defense is using for mobile biometrics consist of poorly repackaged office systems. Azimuth proposes to research all available biometric technologies that could possibly be designated and repackaged into a lightweight, rugged, portable and “user-friendly” biometric collection toolset. Our proposed design will encompass the requirements necessary for the screening and processing of individuals encountered within designated military operational environments. Software applications will comply with Biometric Application Programming Interfaces (BioAPI) international standards for the Operating System (OS) and Biometric Service Provider (BSP) interfaces, utilizing international character sets and external interface requirements of national and international biometric data sets. Our proposed application will be standards based and therefore capable of utilizing many vendor sensor products, considering operational requirements such as weight, size, power and cost.

Cross Match Technologies
3960 RCA Blvd Suite 6001
Palm Beach , FL 33410
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(561) 622-1382
Tom Buss
NAVY 08-210      Awarded: 2/9/2009
Title:Portable Multimodal Biometric Devices
Abstract:This is a proposal to request a Phase 1 award in response to SBIR topic NAVY 08-210 Portable Multimodal Biometric devices. As such our response must address: 1. Our plans to address the design of a multimodal Biometric Device (IAW Ref 5) including hardware and software. 2. To identify high risk technical challenges and provide evidence of our ability to meet them. 3. develop an initial plan for the development of the required capability including cost, schedule, and required support.

Digital Defense Group
15858 W Dodge Road Suite 210
Omaha, NE 68118
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(402) 397-2273
Bill Jones
NAVY 08-210      Awarded: 2/9/2009
Title:Portable Multimodal Biometric Devices
Abstract:Digital Defense Group proposes to leverage our biometric, engineering, integration and software development talents to prove production capabilites for a Portable Multimodal Biometric Device. Digital Defense has the engineering resources and experience to quickly define, prototype and subsequently fine tune such a device. We plan to leverage available vendor technology for sensor, matching, battery, and power management, but will be the first to fully integrate all components into a small ergonomically designed hand- held Portable Multimodal Biometric Device.

InterScience, Inc.
105 Jordan Road
Troy, NY 12180
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(518) 283-7500
James Woo
NAVY 08-210      Awarded: 2/9/2009
Title:Portable Biometric System (PBS) for Identity Dominance
Abstract:The development of a compact, handheld portable biometric system is proposed. The effort shall significantly leverage on-going efforts to develop a multimodal biometric device as a commercial product, while incorporating current and anticipated state-of-the-art technologies to meet Navy’s specific application requirements and specifications derived from the SIMON project.

Physical Optics Corporation
Products and Engineering Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100
Torrance, CA 90501
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(310) 320-3088
Kang Lee
NAVY 08-211      Awarded: 1/26/2009
Title:Rapid Electrical Self-Sealing Snap-Connector Technology
Abstract:To address the Navy’s need for a quick connect technology for distributive power wires that will work with various wire types and sizes aboard ships, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Rapid Electrical Self-Sealing Snap- Connector Technology (RESST), based on modular, multiple-conductor wiring harnesses with universal blind-mating and omnidirectional connectors. RESST is based on POC’s unique snap fastener technology which will reduce connector failure rate and changeover time, and simplify maintenance. Universal connector and harness assemblies will enable RESST to offer true 360-degree connection capability along with self-aligning and self-sealing mechanisms, allowing for relatively easy mating/separation, even in tight and blind spaces where only one hand can be used. The proposed RESST system not only addresses the major Navy requirements, but also has significant commercial applications, including civilian watercraft, recreational vehicle wiring, and the retrofitting of power distribution networks in buildings. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the RESST system by building and testing bench-top prototypes and will estimate ROI and TOC. In Phase II, POC plans to build and test an advanced prototype to be tested in real world environments and a plan for implementation in full-scale applications.

Williams-Pyro,Inc.
200 Greenleaf St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
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(817) 872-1500
Roger Paulsel
NAVY 08-211      Awarded: 1/26/2009
Title:Rapid Electrical Outfitting For Shipbuilding
Abstract:Hull, Machine, and Electrical (HM&E) construction process modernization has lagged behind weapons and resulted in hull electrical wiring creating an expensive bottleneck during assembly of the otherwise modern ship modules that these HM&E systems support. Despite best plans and best practices in industry, much of the electrical wiring is done on the Navy ships after the ships modules (sections) are put in place. The Navy and shipbuilders need a viable modular cable solution that will reduce time and labor costs while also standardizing types and sizes and providing reliable, quick connectors. To support the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Ships initiative to implement best manufacturing practices for new and existing Navy ships, Williams-Pyro, Inc., proposes to develop a Standardized Quick-connecting Electrical Distribution System (SQUEDS) product line. SQUEDS will facilitate Sectional Ship Wiring Harness (SSWH) construction with Logic Based Verification (LBV) for support of rapid electrical outfitting of HM&E systems on Navy ships. This approach to HM&E systems outfitting will reduce ship module assembly time by: permitting prefabrication of HM&E wiring harnesses, modularizing HM&E junction boxes, standardizing HM&E connections using a reduced set of NAVSEA approved connectors, and automating verification of wiring connections and routing.

TDA Research, Inc.
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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(303) 940-2349
Gokhan Alptekin
NAVY 08-212      Awarded: 2/6/2009
Title:A Novel Vent Waste Recovery System for Ultracapacitors
Abstract:The high voltage charge of an ultracapacitor can create high temperatures, and during this time gases are generated due to thermal evaporation, chemical reactions and electrochemical reactions. While venting of these gases may help to control the pressure build-up within the ultracapacitor, uncontrolled venting of these by-product gases to the environment is not desirable. This is of particular concern for the ultracapacitors using organic electrolytes, due to the extremely toxic and flammable nature of the vent gases, which can include acetonitrile, hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide and hydrogen. TDA Research, Inc. proposes to develop a compact system to control the emissions of harmful gases from ultracapacitors. The system will effectively reduce the concentrations of all toxic and flammable gases to sub ppmv levels providing safe and stable operation for the ultracapacitor.

Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71
Hanover, NH 03755
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(603) 643-3800
Paul H. Sorensen
NAVY 08-213      Awarded: 1/26/2009
Title:Affordable Small Diameter Heading Sensor
Abstract:The detection range and bearing resolution of towed array sonar is limited by the fact that the towed array cable will bend due to ocean currents and towing vessel maneuvers. There is therefore a need for sensors that are able to measure and quantify the attitude at intervals along the cable. The sensor has to be accurate enough to meet Navy requirements and small enough to fit inside the towing cable. We propose to develop a novel heading sensor that can be integrated with the towing cable. The sensor will provide highly accurate magnetic heading and roll angle of the cable. The sensor is based on novel miniature magnetic sensor technology and will be packaged to withstand the high pressure and low temperatures of submarine missions. This heading sensor will improve towed array sonar range and bearing accuracy. The heading sensor will be inexpensive, small, and consume only a small amount of power.

TIAX LLC
15 Acorn Park
Cambridge, MA 02140
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(617) 498-5172
Vern Shrauger
NAVY 08-213      Awarded: 1/26/2009
Title:Miniaturized, low-cost heading sensor for towed array applications
Abstract:Current magnetometer-based heading sensors fielded for towed sonar arrays set stringent performances requirements but come at a larger diameter and significant cost. Emerging sonar technology is driving the towed array to smaller diameters and future US Navy programs are moving in this direction. Specifically, 0.5-inch diameter heading sensors at or below 5-inches in length meeting substantially similar performance requirements with a lower cost are being demanded. We propose leveraging on-going IR&D programs and past experience to miniaturize a completely redesigned ‘strapdown’ sensor that will ultimately fit into the 0.5-inch package and meet performance and environmental operation specifications during the Phase II program. To ensure this goal, our Phase I effort will analyze the tolerance contributions of each component and subsystem element to determine practical limits and establish guidelines for components that will sense the magnetic field and attitude of the heading sensor. With tolerances established, we will determine appropriate experimental tests and extensively long-term test target components over thermal cycling extremes while continuously sampling operation to ensure these components maintain operation within the established tolerances. This data will support validation of proprietary signal correction techniques and algorithms that stabilize sensor components.

Progeny Systems Corporation
9500 Innovation Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
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(401) 846-0111
Kerry Kisloski
NAVY 08-214      Awarded: 3/25/2009
Title:Electronics Shock Hardening For 40 kG Launch Transient
Abstract:Sea Power 21 represents a vision and roadmap for a transformational process which seeks to optimize Naval force employment through integration into joint global operations and align R&D toward specific current and projected warfighter needs. Sea Strike is one of the concepts behind the Sea Power 21 vision. Sea Strike is the ability to project precise and persistent offensive power from the sea and builds upon the asymmetric strengths unique to US Naval forces. Technology now allows Naval forces to decisively engage targets deep inside enemy territory while operating from a remote, secure, mobile afloat base. Electro-magnetic rail guns are one of the key technologies targeted for Future Sea Strike Capability and will contribute in a very measureable way to the ability of the US Navy to execute long range, precise, sustained, time-sensitive, and covert strike missions. Hypersonic guided flight for precision munitions delivery and the related launch survivability for guidance electronics are ONR focus areas. Our proposed shock hardening solution leverages our relevant experience and adapts existing technologies to produce a reliable, compact, and cost effective shock hardening approach for electronic systems subjected to the specific extreme shock environment characteristic of launch from an electromagnetic rail gun.

Q3 Web Wideband Wireless, Inc
1139 Oakfair Lane
Harbor City, CA 90710
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(310) 291-3624
John Burns
NAVY 08-214      Awarded: 3/25/2009
Title:Multilayer Shock Tolerant Nano-Coating (MSTNC)
Abstract:Q3 Web Wideband Wireless, Inc. (Q3W) proposes to design and develop a rugged and durable Multilayer Shock Tolerant Nano-Coating (MSTNC) based on a combination of conformal polyamide and Nanocoil structures that would provide a versatile process for a number of high G military avionic and commercial applications. The key improvement over the currently used technology will be provided by the Nanocoils incorporated into the coating material that meets the military adverse environmental shock conditions. Specifically the combination of the polyamide and Nanocoils will provide the shock attenuation (>40dB expected), robustness, rapid production curing and environmental durability. Additional benefits include ease of manufacturing, long material shelf life, storage at room temperature, and low production cost. The polyamide coating has already proven in automotive and other harsh environments, adding the Nano-spring broadens the applications to higher G force applications for extended product performance life time. The layered process will be applied in a simple three step sequence that is designed to use standard automation tools and provide -40 to +150 ºC operating range. In addition, we propose to develop a coating which provides optical and RF windows such that RF (DC- 10GHz) or optical properties of visible light are minimally impaired.

Fiber Materials, Inc.
5 Morin Street
Biddeford, ME 04005
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(207) 282-5911
Timothy Kostar
NAVY 08-215      Awarded: 1/27/2009
Title:High Temperature, High Stress GPS Antenna Window
Abstract:The development of guided munitions offers interesting challenges in system, component, and materials design. Indeed, system requirements drive component requirements which, in turn, drive material requirements. A prime example of this linkage may be seen in the component of focus for this proposed effort; a GPS antenna. The primary functionality of these components, EM transparency for tracking and guidance communications, is coupled with severe environmental and thermo-structural loading conditions. As a result, holistic material design is seen as an absolute necessity. In brief, this program proposes to advance antenna window materials technology for applicability to a new class of rapid launch munitions. The Phase I program will investigate the viability of select fibrous ceramic composites in meeting the defined requirements. To mitigate risk, an established antenna window material system is proposed as a baseline. Material property and performance enhancement schemes focus on fiber architecture, matrix composition, and densification approach. The material systems will utilize a tailored three-directional fiber architecture to help meet directional property requirements. The candidate material systems will be manufactured in plate form, with a thickness representative of the antenna window, and test samples extracted. Testing will include mechanical, thermal, and dielectric property evaluation, and inertial load performance.

TRITON SYSTEMS, INC.
200 TURNPIKE ROAD
CHELMSFORD, MA 01824
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(978) 250-4200
Tom Carroll
NAVY 08-215      Awarded: 1/27/2009
Title:Dispersed Filament Ceramic Fiber/Polysilazane Composite GPS Antenna Windows(1001-302)
Abstract:Triton Systems Inc. proposes to develop an ultra-high temperature polymer composite tailored to address the electrical, thermal and mechanical performance required of a high temperature, high stress GPS antenna window. Utilizing a thermoset silicon based polymer originally developed and qualified for Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) antenna windows, two polymer based composite materials will be developed for testing reinforced with quartz (fused silica) fiber and Nextel 610 (alumina) fiber. Composites of both quartz and alumina based preforms will be molded with the silicon polymer and evaluated for GPS frequency transparency, launch load survivability and thermal conductivity. Our prime contractor team partner in this effort is The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory to provide an understanding of the antenna window design and performance requirements and in evaluation of the antenna window materials. Draper is contracted by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop the projectile and guidance system for hyper-velocity applications. Draper will evaluate the candidate antenna window materials for GPS frequency transmissibility and in launch load survivability.

LewTech Company, Inc.
7112 Nighthawk Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
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(260) 402-0353
Sara Wagar
NAVY 08-216      Awarded: 1/28/2009
Title:Innovative Undersea Sensors Using Relaxor Piezoelectric Single Crystals
Abstract:The frequency spectrum of interest for hydrophones used in Naval tactical systems, ocean surveillance systems, or for environmental monitoring is continuing to expand, due to increased interest in passively detecting third-world submarines, merchant shipping, biologics, etc. as well as increased interest in multistatic active sonars. LewTech is proposing that our Phase I and follow-on phases concentrate on adapting the hydrophones used in tactical ASW sensors to use relaxor single-crystal piezoelectric materials rather than the traditionally-used polycrystalline lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) piezoceramic materials. Hydrophones utilizing relaxor single-crystal ceramics can be designed to increase the sensitivity and bandwidth and reduce the self-noise, due to the improved electromechanical coupling factors, dielectric constant, and the loss tangent. The overall objective is to redesign a current Navy sonobuoy hydrophone, using single- crystal ceramics, and demonstrate improvements in sensitivity, self-noise, and bandwidth capabilities. Phase I will fabricate a prototype hydrophone and perform in-water testing and compare the results to the current hydrophone constructed of piezoelectric ceramic. LewTech has formed a strong team with a major sonobuoy manufacturer, UnderSea Sensor Systems, Inc. (USSI), a wholly-owned company of Ultra Electronics, to support the design and development of a practical, cost effective sensor(s) utilizing relaxor single-crystal ceramics.

Progeny Systems Corporation
9500 Innovation Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
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(801) 359-4566
David Baird
NAVY 08-216      Awarded: 1/28/2009
Title:Compact Vector Sensor for Deployable Autonomous Distributed System
Abstract:“Submarines with improving stealth and attack capability - particularly modern diesel attack submarines - are proliferating world-wide at an alarming rate. Locating these relatively inexpensive but extremely quiet boats presents our Navy with a formidable challenge (CNO statement to SASC sub committee on Seapower 3May07). Single material properties allow for sensors with increased sensitivity and/or decreased size with dramatically enhanced bandwidth . In the proposed effort these material properties are exploited in Progeny’s innovative vector sensor and integrated signal conditioning electronics design approach to enable significant size reduction, packaging efficiency, low frequency and acoustic sensitivity performance, and cost benefits to high priority ASW sensor systems currently in early stages of development such as Deployable Autonomous Distributed System (DADS) and Reliable Acoustic Path Vertical Line Array (RAPVLA).

Mayflower Communications Company, Inc.
20 Burlington Mall Road
Burlington, MA 01803
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(781) 359-9500
Triveni Upadhyay
NAVY 08-217      Awarded: 1/29/2009
Title:Low Cost, Low Power, Integrated Full Anti-Jam SAASM GPS Receiver with Up-Finding Capability and M-Code Compatibility for Gun Launched Projectiles
Abstract:The Mayflower Phase I proposal "Low-Cost, Low Power Integrated Full Anti-Jam Receiver with Up-Finding Capability for Gun Launched Projectiles" addresses the Navy''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s program objective to develop a low-cost integrated SAASM GPS receiver with up-finding capability for future advanced guided projectiles and many other DOD systems that are size, weight and power (SWAP) constrained. The Mayflower proposed SAASM GPS receiver solution is designed to work for spinning as well as non- spinning platforms. It also meets the governments objective that the integrated SAASM GPS receiver solution has advanced resistance to jamming environments capability and compatibility with GPS M-code. The Phase I study will focus on demonstrating the feasibility of the proposed solution to deliver the required navigation and attitude roll/roll rate performance in jamming for projectiles spinning up to 300 Hz and meet the government SWAP and cost goals in production. The Phase II effort will focus on validating the system level performance through a high level system simulation of the entire integrated SAASM GPS receiver system and prototyping a portion of the receiver in a proof-of-concept hardware.

Toyon Research Corp.
6800 Cortona Drive
Goleta, CA 93117
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(805) 968-6787
Kenan Ezal
NAVY 08-217      Awarded: 1/29/2009
Title:GPS-based 3-D Attitude Determining SAASM Receiver System for Gun-Launched Projectiles
Abstract:Toyon Research Corporation and Rockwell Collins propose to develop an anti-jam (AJ) GPS receiver for gun-launched projectiles that incorporates a Selective Availability/Anti- Spoofing Module (SAASM) and provides direct GPS-based 3-D attitude measurements for spin-stabilized and non-spin-stabilized platforms. The roll angle accuracy of the system, while tracking seven satellites and spinning at rates of as much as 300 Hz, is predicted to be better than 3.0 degrees (one-sigma) and the pitch/yaw accuracy is predicted to be better than 2.2 degrees (one-sigma), respectively. The GPS-based attitude (GPS/A) sensor capability is due to Toyon’s patent-pending MIDAAS(TM) receiver architecture while Rockwell Collins provides proven gun-hardened SAASM GPS receiver technology and manufacturing capabilities.

Physical Sciences Inc.
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810
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(978) 689-0003
David Scherer
NAVY 08-218      Awarded: 2/3/2009
Title:Compact Diode Laser Based Magnetometer
Abstract:The proposed Small Business Innovative Research Phase I project will combine ultra- sensitive absorption spectroscopy detection techniques and alkali atom optical gas pumping to produce an innovative magnetic sensor for small Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs). The sensor will utilize multiple fiber-coupled self-oscillating magnetometers to produce an intrinsic gradiometer with high measurement sensitivity in a robust, compact, light weight and low power package. The target application for the proposed gradiometer is undersea mine detection for use when acoustic detection and optical imaging are ineffective in cluttered littoral environments. The proposed gradiometer will be designed to fit in small UUVs such as the REMUS-100 and operate in flooded bodies using a fiber multiplexed architecture comprised of a sealed, low power sensor control unit and multiple sealed measurement heads. During the Phase I program Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) will demonstrate critical detection concepts and design electronic circuitry that will enable the proposed architecture. During Phase II a fully operational intrinsic gradiometer will be fabricated and tested to verify operation and performance under representative measurement conditions. The proposed effort leverages PSI’s experience demonstrating sensitive magnetometers with PSI’s successful line of commercial, tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy hardware systems.

Polatomic, Inc.
1810 N. Glenville Dr. Suite 116
Richardson, TX 75081
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(972) 690-0099
Robert Slocum
NAVY 08-218      Awarded: 2/3/2009
Title:Lightweight Laser Magnetic Gradiometer (LLMG)
Abstract:This Phase I Small Business Research Project will develop a conceptual design for a Lightweight Laser Magnetic Gradiometer suitable for integration into UUVs such as the REMUS 100 and similar platforms. The LLMG is used to characterize buried mines and eliminate sonar clutter in shallow water MCM operations where it is desirable to remove men and other mammals from the water. The LLMG design will consist of two laser- pumped omnidirectional scalar sensors placed along the platform longitudinal axis in a nose housing that is a roll-on, roll-off module for the UUV. Polatomic laser magnetometer technology was recently demonstrated in the Laser Scalar Gradiometer at AUV FEST 07 and 08 with outstanding results. The individual sensors will have a sensitivity better than 15pT/root-Hz and can be operated at their demonstrated sensitivity better than 1 pT/root Hz if required (better than 300 fT/root-Hz in AN/ASQ-233 Airborne MAD system). The LLMG design will address miniaturization and packaging for neutral buoyancy and robustness for handling as a UUV nose cone module. The feasibility of designing and fabricating a LLGM prototype in Phase II will be assessed in Phase I, and the Phase II technical plan will be developed for design and fabrication of a brass-board model in Phase II.

Sky Research, Inc
445 Dead Indian Memorial Rd
Ashland, OR 97520
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(802) 234-6463
Greg Schultz
NAVY 08-218      Awarded: 2/3/2009
Title:Compact, Lightweight Magnetic Sensor for Small Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUV)
Abstract:Sky Research, Inc. and Geometrics, Inc. propose to develop a sensor system that can be efficiently integrated into various versions of the Navy MK 18 MOD 1 Swordfish and Remote Environmental Measurement UnitS (REMUS)-100 in-service Unmanned Underwater Vehicles using extremely small, very low power total field magnetic sensors. To meet the needs of the U.S. Navy, the system will be designed to correctly confirm acoustic or optical mine classifications, including those with low magnetic signature, and reject acoustic clutter or poor optical imagery in low-visibility waters. Geometrics has demonstrated the feasibility of designing and commercializing these miniaturized Micro- Fabricated Atomic Magnetometers (MFAM). These sensors still have the fundamental advantage of total-field readings, which are independent of the orientation of the platform and sensor relative to the direction of the magnetic field being measured. The conceptual design of a sensor system using MFAM technology used in conjunction with acoustic sensors to improve the probabilities of detection, classification, and identification in harsh environments will be developed in Phase I. In addition, the deployment of multiple MFAM sensors along the enclosure axis will be investigated as a means to improve the compensation of magnetic noise generated from the platform.

General Magnetic Sciences
6420 Stonehaven Ct
Clifton, VA 20124
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(301) 816-7924
John Menner
NAVY 08-219      Awarded: 2/4/2009
Title:Advanced Communications at Speed and Depth
Abstract:General Magnetic Sciences (GMS) proposes to develop a system that uses magnetic waves for communications from shore, ship, aircraft, or space to a submarine, or other sub-sea platform, operating at any speed and at significant depth. No longer would it be necessary for a submarine break off its mission to communicate. The submarine could continue on station while receiving communications that use transmissions that would be directional and extremely low-probability-of-interception. Such a communications system, employing GMS''''s patented magnetic wavelength compression antennas, could transmit an extremely low frequency directional signal that could be received by an antenna on a submarine at significant depth many hundreds of kilometers away. GMS’s patented wavelength compression antennas are uniquely capable of efficient transmission of low- frequency signals by “compressing” long wavelengths to match a short conductor. These antennas could be broadband, also, allowing for use of higher frequencies at lesser depths, depending on the data transmission rate required. Likewise, a system using these same antennas could be used to provide communications from the submarine operating at significant depths and any speed to a unit above the surface many hundreds of kilometers away. Such a system has been proposed elsewhere as a separate effort.

Progeny Systems Corporation
9500 Innovation Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
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(703) 368-6107
Ronald Ghen
NAVY 08-219      Awarded: 2/4/2009
Title:Advanced Communications at Speed and Depth
Abstract:Since the beginning of Naval Warfare, effective communications with the submarine platform has been a significant challenge. By its very nature, submarine warfare succeeds or fails based upon the stealth abilities of the platform. Covert communications at speed and depth are required to fully engage the platform but providing this capability continues to be challenging. Recent efforts to achieve submarine communications at speed and depth have demonstrated numerous enabling technologies. Through the uses of expendable or tethered communication buoys, RF signals have achieved significant range performance with high reliability. However, such deployments potentially compromise the stealth capabilities of submarine operations under certain situations. Furthermore, tethered communications sensors may not be deployable in certain operational areas. Through the use of spread spectrum signal technology, Progeny Systems will analyze a low probability of intercept (covert) D-ACOMMS solution for A-RCI that can be fielded as both an Advance Process Build (APB) improvement initiative and as a stand-alone transmit / receiver modem solution for use at acoustic ranges or other Navy applications. Capitalizing on digital ACOMMS technologies and solutions already developed for the A-RCI system, our proposal is to analyze and design a Low Frequency (LF) solution for use in long-range communications.

KaZaK Composites Incorporated
10F GIll Street
Woburn, MA 01801
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(207) 371-2568
Mike McAleenan
NAVY 08-220      Awarded: 3/26/2009
Title:Compact, Low-Cost Rapid Deployment Gun Mount for Space-Constrained Locations
Abstract:DDG 1000 mooring stations are multifunctional areas with conflicting demands for space and manning. In addition to normal mooring station needs, the ship’s design includes requirements for stowage, temporary but rapid deployment, and automated or manual operation of weapons, sensors and other electronics from the same areas used for cables and other anchorage hardware. This dual-use space requires novel weapons mounts meeting strength, stiffness, cost, weight, safety and durability requirements of fixed mounts, while stowing out of the way with the smallest possible size and interference when not used. Mount design must consider congested floors, require minimal modification to existing ship structures, and not introduce static or dynamic loads beyond the capability of existing ship structure. Most importantly, the new mount must go from stowed to deployed/operational position quickly and reliably, either automatically or with manual override. In Phase I KaZaK will work with system primes to finalize mooring station mount requirements, then refine/develop proposed mount design innovations through analysis and scaled prototypes. Both metal and novel composite materials will be evaluated, with design trades considering deployment speed, reliability, stiffness, durability and cost. Full scale prototype fabrication, assembly and testing of a full mount is anticipated in Phase II.

ORB Analytics, LLC
5 Hillside Rd
Carlisle, MA 01741
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(978) 501-3161
Samuel MacMullan
NAVY 08-222      Awarded: 3/16/2009
Title:MUOS Quick Planner
Abstract:COCOMs and G/RSSCs need the ability to rapidly and conveniently perform MUOS communications usage planning and to determine if a particular allocation is sufficient so as to, if necessary, negotiate an adjusted apportionment to service their priorities and throughput requirements. To satisfy this need, ORB Analytics, LLC, proposes a stand- alone MUOS Quick Planner that executes an approach that exploits COTS 3G expertise and methods, but is tailored to the unique MUOS system constraints and requirements. This application is developed upon a modular framework that features an easy-to-use GUI and provides cross-platform support.

RAM Laboratories, Inc.
10525 Vista Sorrento Parkway Suite 220
San Diego, CA 92121
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(858) 677-9207
Robert McGraw
NAVY 08-222      Awarded: 3/19/2009
Title:MUOS Communication Optimizer and Quick Planner
Abstract:The U.S. Navy is searching for techniques and algorithms that allocate and assign beam frequencies in a manner that maximizes satellite bandwidth and throughput in both an efficient and optimal manner. The approach the Navy is taking to address these problems is two-fold. First, there is a desire to provide a technology that guides the communications planner in identifying optimal beam-carrier frequency assignments. Second, there is a desire to provide a quick planner that provides for a fast and efficient analysis of capabilities when designing a particular apportionment. For the Phase I effort, the RAM Laboratories-Accenture Team (RAM Labs Team) will develop a design for both the optimization algorithms and the quick planning algorithms. The optimization algorithms will investigate the use of genetic algorithms and simulated annealing approaches to drive an optimization approach that utilizes legacy frequencies apportionment algorithms as the central “model-of-choice”. For the quick planning algorithms, the RAM Labs Team will take the legacy algorithms and investigate a variety of model abstraction approaches that can be used to develop the quick planning capability. A proof-of-principle will be demonstrated to the customer to illustrate the efficiency of our approach.

Scientific Systems Company, Inc
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000
Woburn, MA 01801
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(781) 933-5355
Michael Perloff
NAVY 08-222      Awarded: 3/17/2009
Title:MOUS Evolutionary Quick Planner (MUOS EQuiP)
Abstract:Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) will provide warfighters with worldwide LPI, voice and data mobile communications. Manually configuring satellite systems - assigning carriers to satellite beams and subsequent communications traffic planning is a time- consuming tedious task. Accessing MUOS communication planning tools requires a SIPRNET connection and mastery of a complex application. Fast, lightweight beamcarrier assignment and communications planning applications, that can be executed in field and passed to COCOM for implementation, will shorten implementation times, increase reliability and availability, and ensure MUOS’ capability to provide assured, worldwide, on-demand, on-the-move communications to warfighters. In Phase I, we will develop MUOS-EQuiP, a Genetic Algorithm (GA) based tool to find and optimize beamcarrier assignments - quickly, without tedium. MUOS-EQuiP will also be a Quick Planner to test bandwidth apportionments against communications requirements. Our methods can easily be generalized to handle more factors and more complex, dynamic traffic scenarios. Scientific Systems (SSCI) has previously developed GA approaches for missile routing, attack planning, search planning, and medical scheduling. Our Phase III missile routing product, CMARS (Cruise Missile Autonomous Routing System) has been integrated into TPS (Tomahawk Planning System) and provides routes meeting many complex constraints in one or two minutes. Our proven experience in applying GA’s to complex planning problems ensures a successful Phase I demonstration, a successful, validated Phase II prototype, and a successful Phase III integration.

ATEC, Inc.
7100 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 300
College Park, MD 20740
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(301) 699-1024
John Lawler
NAVY 08-223      Awarded: 4/23/2009
Title:Low-profile air-cooled heat sinks for GMR systems
Abstract:ATEC, in collaboration with the Smart and Small Thermal Systems Laboratory at the University of Maryland, proposes the development of low-profile, air-cooled heat sinks for use in cooling electronic modules, such as the Ground Mobile Radio communications systems. These heat sinks will be much smaller than other air-cooled heat sinks because of the very high thermal efficiency of the micro-groove surfaces and a unique manifolding arrangement that minimizes pressure drop.

Mudawar Thermal Systems, Inc.
1291 Cumberland Avenue, Suite G
West Lafayette, IN 47906
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(765) 463-6516
Michael Meyer
NAVY 08-223      Awarded: 4/8/2009
Title:Cooling technology for JTRS Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) Communications Systems
Abstract:The proposed Phase I study will lay the foundation for development of a new high- performance cooling system for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Ground Mobile Radio (GMR). A proof-of-concept study will be undertaken to show how the cooling system will meet the heat dissipation requirements and space constraints, and endure the operating environment of GMR. The study will determine the required hardware changes, footprint, reliability and thermal analysis, unit and life-cycle cost projections, and maintenance procedures, as well as address the maturity of the technology. A cooling system will be designed to condition and deliver the coolant to the desired pressure, temperature and flow rate while conforming to the weight, volume and packaging constraints of GMR. The cooling system will be fabricated and tested during the Phase II study.

DataSoft Corp.
1475 N. Scottsdale Road #460
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
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(480) 763-5777
Rod Kronschnabel
NAVY 08-224      Awarded: 3/10/2009
Title:Universal Radio Frequency (RF) Communications Transceiver
Abstract:The U.S. military''s next-generation radio system, Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), is based on Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology and will create new opportunities, methods, and applications for generating and sharing tactical data. To realize the JTRS vision, a universal RF transceiver, capable of implementing the complex communications waveforms of today and tomorrow, is required. A truly universal RF transceiver platform has unique design challenges, and unlike the familiar wireless handset, cannot be optimized for a specific mobile application. DataSoft has identified a new generic transceiver architecture using a high intermediate frequency (IF) design. A wideband local oscillator is needed for this new architecture. Our Phase I activities will develop a functional wideband local oscillator prototype which incorporates new digital and RF technologies from both commercial and Government sectors.

The Athena Group, Inc.
3424 NW 31 Street
Gainesville, FL 32605
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(352) 371-2567
Michael Lewis
NAVY 08-224      Awarded: 3/6/2009
Title:Universal Radio Frequency (RF) Communications Transceiver
Abstract:The Joint Tactical Radio System is projected to form the future military communications link that enables every echelon access to vital information. The JTRS credo is to embrace software defined radio (SDR) in order to enable communications between disparate systems using a common platform. Adapting communications to any standardized waveform is accomplished by rapidly reconfiguring the radio software for the waveform of choice. The Athena Radio Technology (ART) offers a configurable digital radio system that has reduced power and packaging requirements compared to the current UT LRU. Consisting of high-performance analog RF preconditioning, digital up and down converters, up and down sampling CIC filters, and FIR filters, ART form the core of a digital transceiver.

DataSoft Corp.
1475 N. Scottsdale Road #460
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
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(480) 763-5777
Larry Dunst
NAVY 08-225      Awarded: 3/4/2009
Title:Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) Enhancement
Abstract:The Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) utilized by the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) provides a tactical wireless internetworking capability for both users and backbone infrastructure. WNW uses an adaptive networking architecture that optimizes network routing performance and overall network stability for various tactical applications. WNW has a full set of networking features and is scalable to a large number of nodes with medium mobility and medium density network coverage areas. Good performance with large scalability is a significant challenge for WNW in a mobile ad-hoc tactical environment. DataSoft will develop a set of algorithms and protocols to enhance the scalability and efficiency of WNW networks. Cross-layer enhancements that integrate functions across multiple layers of the network stack will be considered, including cooperative transmission power control for throughput enhancement, content-based routing, and content-aware QoS. The feasibility of potential enhancements will be evaluated and design concepts refined through iterative simulation experiments. At the conclusion of Phase I, proof-of-concept demonstrations will be performed to illustrate the benefits and feasibility of the proposed enhancements.

Scalable Network Technologies Inc
6100 Center Drive #1250
Los Angeles, CA 90045
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(310) 338-3318
Sheetalkumar Doshi
NAVY 08-225      Awarded: 3/23/2009
Title:Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) Enhancement
Abstract:The Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) utilized by the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) uses an adaptive networking architecture that optimizes network routing performance and overall network stability for various tactical applications. However, maintaining the desired performance to meet the demands of heterogeneous applications operating over a wide variety of deployment scenarios, with dynamically varying density and mobility patterns continues to be a challenge. The overall objective of the SBIR proposal, over the next three phases, is to deliver a set of cross-layer based enhancements to the Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) to overcome the performance issues under dense and unstable network conditions and improve its performance in diverse set of on-the-move operational scenarios. The proposed enhancements focus on integrated adaptive transmit power control, adaptive routing update frequency control and adaptive control of degree of node connectivity via routing layer filters. In Phase 1, we will conduct design trade studies of the preceding WNW enhancements and perform a proof-of-concept demonstration for the most promising approach using Scalable JMEE, a real-time WNW emulation environment. The study will isolate the set of adaptive & scalable enhancements needed to the baseline WNW that can be smoothly transitioned to the JTRS program.

FIRST RF CORPORATION
4865 Sterling Drive
Boulder, CO 80301
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(303) 449-5211
Farzin Lalezari
NAVY 08-226      Awarded: 3/19/2009
Title:Efficient Wideband Antenna for JTRS Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) Communications Systems
Abstract:The JTRS program is changing the future of radio communications by providing access to unprecedented spectral bandwidth and exploiting new developments in software-defined radio. To match these developments in radio technology, a significant improvement over the current state-of-the-art in antenna technology is required. Specific performance criteria that must be addressed include efficiency, gain, ease of integration, power handling, size, environmental durability, and user safety. While these objectives represent new challenges for antenna systems for communications, they must be satisfied without sacrificing affordability or practical operation. FIRST RF Corporation has evaluated these requirements and is proposing the use of two breakthrough antenna technologies that use innovative design techniques to meet the needs of the JTRS program. These concepts pair proven development approaches that have been demonstrated in FIRST RF’s antenna technologies with new antenna concepts from FIRST RF’s internal research and development (IR&D) efforts. Fundamentally, the volume required for a wideband antenna to maintain efficient performance across a desired band of interest is proportional to its gain and bandwidth. In order to accommodate real-world integration considerations, it is important to maximize the efficient use of this volume and provide a practical form-factor for the antenna.

Vadum
601 Hutton St Suite 109
Raleigh, NC 27606
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(919) 880-1283
Mark Buff
NAVY 08-226      Awarded: 4/9/2009
Title:Efficient Wideband Antenna for JTRS Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) Communications Systems
Abstract:Vadum proposes to develop and design an efficient, wideband antenna for use with the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) software defined radio by modifying Vadum''''''''s existing QDS Band 3 design to increase the frequency response from 500 - 2500 MHz to 225 - 2500 MHz.