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14 Phase I Selections from the 09.1 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
Mide Technology Corporation
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000
Medford, MA 02155
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(781) 306-0609
David Gilbert
SOCOM 09-001      Awarded: 7/9/2009
Title:Thermally Insulative Diving Suit
Abstract:USSOCOM Special Operations Divers operate in harsh environments, often exposed to extreme cold temperaturess for extended periods of time. An advanced thermal protection system is required that provides enhanced thermal protection at cold temperatures as well as reduced thermal performance at elevated temperatures to prevent overheating. Mide proposes to combine nanomaterials with hydrogels to adjust the thermal insulation of a diving suit. The hydrogels are engineered to adapt to changing temperatures, absorbing more water at colder temperatures, thus increasing the overall thickness of the insulation and expelling water at warmer temperatures to reduce the overall garment insulation. BENEFITS: The following technology will have a wide range of applications in thermal protection garments. In particular, recreational divers will benefit from the adaptive insulation which will ease the transition from cold water to warmer surface temperatures. Aside from diving suits, this technology can be used to increase the insulation value of tents and shelters.

NanoSonic, Inc.
P.O. Box 618
Christiansburg, VA 24068
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(540) 953-1785
J. H. Lalli
SOCOM 09-001      Awarded: 6/30/2009
Title:(Shape Memory Integrated Vital Energy Resource) SHIVER-Suit for SOF Divers
Abstract:NanoSonic would develop ultra-lightweight (0.98 g/cc), breathable, nanostructured, yet large area Metal Rubber™ Skins and Textiles with active thermal control. The proposed SHIVER-Suits (Shape Memory Integrated Vital Energy Resource) for U.S. Special Operation Forces are expected to extend both the comfort and time of the Divers’ missions. Shape Memory-Metal Rubber™ garments based on shape memory polymers (SMP) and Ag nanoparticles resulting in antimicrobial garments capable of insulating and cooling on demand. SHIVER-suit textiles are not a filled composite, rather a free standing “unfilled” nanocomposite formed in-situ by the conformal and covalent self-assembly of nanostructured particles and high performance copolymers onto high performance textile substrates. Unlike air and water impermeable crosslinked butyl rubber, Shape Memory- Metal Rubber™ would breathe at elevated temperatures, allowing perspiration to permeate on land. SHIVER-suit’s nanopores close in response to winter maritime conditions, proving extended insulation. The garment’s low-end glass transition temperature is < -65ºC (flexible in ice water), is impermeable to harsh solvents, can be repeatedly stretched > 1000% strain, and laundered without delamination or loss of performance. The TRL of durable, comfortable SHIVER-suits shall be increased to TRL 6 during Phase I, and TRL 9 during Phase III when demonstrated by our U.S. SOF divers. BENEFITS: NanoSonic shall develop and qualify lightweight and breathable, SHIVER-Suits (Shape Memory Integrated Vital Energy Resource) for U.S. Special Operation Forces to increase the comfort and extend the time of the Divers’ missions in harsh subambient conditions. The comfortable garments would allow for comfort on land or undersea via active thermally controlled nanopores. NanoSonic’s novel, high performance SMP Metal Rubber™ with chemically tailored nanochannels with active breathability would also serve military and civilian responders to chemical warfare areas. The garments will be scaled up and delivered to SOCOM and our defense prime partners for durability and thermal performance verification to increase the technology readiness level (TRL) from TRL 4 to 6 during Phase I. Down-selected garments will be transitioned to a continuous roll-to-roll film fabrication process to increase the TRL to 8 during Phase II and transitioned to the field during Phase III at TRL 9.

TDA Research, Inc.
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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(303) 261-1142
Jeannine Elliott
SOCOM 09-001      Awarded: 7/9/2009
Title:Novel Nanomaterials for Environmental Protection of Special Operations Divers
Abstract:Environmental protection is a critical need for special operations forces which dive in cold water during their missions. Thermally protective diving suit must be able to provide significant thermal barriers as well as withstand high compressive loads when underwater. Current diver wet suits and dry suits are limited by their materials of construction in the degree of thermal protection they can provide. New solutions are desired to provide enhanced diver comfort, mission effectiveness, and expanded ability to operate in extremely cold environments. TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) has proposed a novel nanomaterial composite which can provide exceptional thermal and structural support for superior environmental control. BENEFITS: This technology has potential benefits to both military and civilians applications. In addition to military diving missions, recreational divers can use the product developed by this SBIR. Further, the insulating materials may have applications in other cold weather protective clothing and equipment beyond diving garments.

Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 Manning Road
Billerica, MA 01821
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(978) 663-9500
Kurt D. Annen
SOCOM 09-002      Awarded: 4/30/2009
Title:Low Visibility Decoy Flare
Abstract:Low visibility flares offer significant advantages for nighttime protection of rotary wing vehicles. Aerodyne Research Inc (ARI) and its teaming partner ATK propose flares having nearly same intensity in IR bands of interest while having greatly reduced visibility. The Phase I program will build on previous work performed by ARI on low visibility flares to identify candidate flare compositions having good performance. Visible and infrared radiation models will evaluate candidate decoy formulations. The best compositions will be prepared at ATK facilities and tested. Spectral measurements will quantify emission in the radiometric bands of interest. A business plan for commercialization of the technology will be developed. BENEFITS: The new technology decoy formulation will provide greatly improved protection of SOF rotary wing aircraft in nighttime conditions. It is expected to be readily adaptable to DoD applications such as "low and slow" cargo aircraft, and it could well serve as a "search and rescue" tool for downed pilots to covertly signal their location for pickup or as an "IFF tool" for ground vehicles in hostile territory. As a dual-use technology it offers significant potential for the protection of civilian aircraft in nighttime conditions.

Exquadrum, Inc
12130 Rancho Road
Adelanto, CA 92301
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(760) 246-0279
Kevin E. Mahaffy
SOCOM 09-002      Awarded: 4/30/2009
Title:Flare with Optically Invisible Light Signature (Foils)
Abstract:The proposed program will theoretically and experimentally assess and identify innovative technologies, and advanced materials that emit an effective infra-red (IR) countermeasure in the desired IR spectrum range while minimizing detectable signatures in the visible light spectrum. During the research effort, the project team will develop the initial technical design and supporting documentation for a low visibility decoy flare to be deployed from standard rotary wing aircraft flare dispensers. The proposed technology is an innovative extension of proven combustion and propellant technology. BENEFITS: The technology resulting from this proposed research effort will enhance survivability of military aircraft and cruise that are exposed to attacks from munitions employing IR guidance systems. The resulting, new technology flare will reduce the visible signature that highlights a targeted aircraft’s position and increases its vulnerability to additional threats and attacks.

General Sciences, Incorporated
205 Schoolhouse Road
Souderton, PA 18964
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(215) 723-8588
Peter D. Zavitsanos
SOCOM 09-002      Awarded: 4/30/2009
Title:Low Visibility Decoy Flare
Abstract:Low visibility rotary aircraft decoys are needed to protect vehicles against heat seeking missile attacks without illuminating the target which exposes the aircraft to small arms fire and potentially compromising the mission. The novel approach to this challenge is to produce a decoy which emits only in the bands of interest utilizing techniques such as containment and composition selection to optimize performance from the limited volume of existing dispensers. Reactive materials will be used to generate heat which will produce a hot cloud of molten metal and hot CO2 gas neither of which will produce a visible signature, but will produce the IR signal desired. This effort can be leveraged to create a non visible signaling flare useful for covert target marking and covert rescue efforts. BENEFITS: Commercial aircraft decoy protection can benefit from this technology. The development of a low temperature/ low visibility decoy will allow the devices to be deployed without the risk of fires while still providing safety for the aircraft, particularly during take off and landings.

Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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(617) 491-3474
Dan Gutchess
SOCOM 09-003      Awarded: 5/12/2009
Title:Registration of EO and LIDAR using an Interoperability Architecture for Net-Centric Environments (RELIANCE)
Abstract:The “see first, understand first, act first, finish decisively” principle requires that military commanders and analysts be provided a complete, up-to-the-second view of the battlefield. Currently deployed full motion video (FMV) sensors provide crucial real-time situational awareness, but suffer from limited field of view and lack of geographical context. Augmenting current FMV displays with 3D light detecting and ranging (LIDAR) data, geographic information, and real-time intelligence would provide the user with a better understanding of video content in the context of the battlefield. Precise geo- registration is required to enable this type of display; however, existing solutions are limited to specific equipment configurations and have long processing timelines. To address these shortcomings, we propose a system for Registration of EO and LIDAR using an Interoperability Architecture for Net-Centric Environments (RELIANCE). RELIANCE features an interoperability layer to allow integration of various commercial and government off-the-shelf (COTS/GOTS) sensors and visualization software. Geo- registration is performed using a hybrid 2D/3D bundle adjustment technique to refine initial estimates from direct geo-referencing. To handle all types of environments and terrain, bundle adjustment uses two types of tie points selected from video frames: one from 2D- to-2D matching using reference imagery, and one from 3D-to-3D matching using LIDAR data. BENEFITS: This system could be used across all ISR platforms within DoD and law enforcement agencies where accurate geo-location and FMV sensors are used to track or observe targets. In addition to offering great benefit to force protection and perimeter surveillance applications, it could also be used for mapping applications, commercial robotic vision systems, agriculture and environmental studies, and to augment civilian surveying equipment.

Mosaic ATM, Inc.
801 Sycolin Road Suite 212
Leesburg, VA 20175
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(800) 405-8576
Stephen Pledgie
SOCOM 09-003      Awarded: 5/12/2009
Title:Geo And Ortho Rectified Video With Fused 3d Mapping, Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR), And Live Video Overlays
Abstract:The Mosaic ATM team proposes an innovative real-time exploitation framework for video and Lidar processing whose structure can be reconfigured at optempo to meet evolving requirements. We propose to leverage the tremendous commercial investment in products, such as Google Earth, for 3D coincident display of Lidar and video streams processed using mature technology components whose integration will be made possible with the Advanced Lidar and Video Exploitation (ALiVE) framework being proposed by the Mosaic team. Our vision for a modular, open framework is a refreshing and long overdue departure from the closed solutions in use today. In Phase I, we provide the gov’t with a prototype system based on COTS and FOSS components for near real-time georegistration and display of video and Lidar. The Mosaic team will also establish an open, modular framework that can be scaled and extended to new sensors, processing, and users. Mosaic ATM has teamed with EarthNC and BAE to create a highly qualified team capable of rapid innovation and expedient technology transition to the warfighter. BENEFITS: Development of Mosaic ATM''s Advanced Lidar and Video Exploitation (ALiVE) framework will provide new capabilities in sensor registration as well as multi-sensor dynamic modeling of environments whose physical structure is plagued with uncertainty and subject to change on time scales of operational relevance. ALiVE’s use of government controlled and open standards for communication and data management will provide the Department of Defense with a Video/Lidar processing solution that exhibits both tremendous longevity and the plug-n-play configurability that technology providers have thus far failed to deliver. Semi and fully autonomous platforms equipped with Video and Lidar sensors will benefit from a new found capability to accurately assess terrain structure online and immediately adjust computer vision algorithms tasked with interpreting the environment using passive imagers.

Toyon Research Corp.
6800 Cortona Drive
Goleta, CA 93117
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(805) 968-6787
Michael J. Sheffler
SOCOM 09-003      Awarded: 5/12/2009
Title:Geo And Ortho Rectified Video With Fused 3d Mapping, Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR), And Live Video Overlays
Abstract:While full motion video (FMV) data contains a wealth of information, its potential for providing actionable intelligence cannot be realized unless the data is provided within its geographic context and is correlated with available intelligence from human assets. To provide the necessary contextual, registration to/fusion with GIS data is a natural choice. This requires both geo- and ortho-rectification of the video frames based on measurements of the sensor position and orientation, knowledge of the natural and man- made terrain from 3D map and LIDAR data, and video data-driven processing. Toyon Research Corporation proposes to develop an automated sensor calibration and pixel geo-registration system using a suite of innovative algorithms which are applicable for various video sensors. The algorithms do not require a priori estimates of the intrinsic or extrinsic sensor parameters or of the terrain. Nevertheless, any available information (for example, initial calibration estimates, GPS and/or inertial measurements, DTED, LIDAR range maps, or geo-registered orthoimages) can be used by the algorithms with the benefit of improved estimation accuracy and/or improved computational efficiency. The processing is performed using an innovative, computationally-efficient particle filtering algorithm that Toyon has developed for this purpose. When completed, the software will provide, among other benefits, FMV windows with optional intelligence overlays displayed in a viewpoint congruent manner. BENEFITS: The successful completion of this research and development will result in a net centric, open architecture, operating system independent software solution providing near real-time geo- and ortho-rectification of live full motion video, with fusion and viewpoint-congruent display of LIDAR and 3D mapping data with intelligence overlays. This will allow surveillance and tactical asset operators and commanders, as well as geographically distributed analysts, to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of sensor data exploitation. For example, this technology would be useful for surveillance over challenging terrain along portions of the US Southern and Northern borders, as well as in law enforcement, disaster monitoring and response management, transportation studies, surveying, and environmental monitoring. The technology could even be used to provide improved realism in personnel training and computer gaming.

NuWaves Ltd.
Research and Technology Center 122 Edison Drive
Middletown, OH 45044
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(513) 360-0800
Tim Wurth
SOCOM 09-004      Awarded: 6/16/2009
Title:Man Portable Hand Held Wireless Network Survey Interrogation Tool (WiNSIT)
Abstract:The ability to Find, Fix, and Finish enemy combatants is highly desirable to winning wars. The capability to positively identify High Value Targets / High Value Individuals is one method to insure success in any conflict, specifically counterinsurgency. Surgical precision in tracking known terrorists, and the ability to remove them from the battlefield allows for fast and decisive change within any conflict. To perform this complex mission, operators need to quickly identify the type of network to exploit. NuWaves’ innovative solutions will be applied to designing and developing a state-of-the–art multi- communications network exploitation tool that will allow U.S. Forces to quickly and accurately perform network surveys on all major communications infrastructures. This new system will combine a myriad of existing network survey tools into one condensed form factor. The system will also have the capability to save network survey information locally to be exported to common mapping formats. During the phase I effort, NuWaves will perform cost/benefit trade-off study of commercial wireless networking chipsets taking into account size, weight, power, and cost factors. Detailed circuit modeling, simulation, hardware prototyping, and performance characterization will be accomplished to validate the concept. BENEFITS: The enhanced survey tool will enable operators to quickly determine available communications architectures with precision. It will not only immediately benefit units combating the war on terror, but will also benefit other U.S. Government agencies that are in need of locating available telecommunication nodes. NuWaves’ innovative survey techniques have significant commercialization potential not only in Department of Defense operational and tactical missions but can be exploited throughout the entire Intelligence community including: CIA, FBI, and NSA.

Tampa Microwave
12160 Race Track Rd
Tampa, FL 33626
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(813) 855-2251
Ron Evans
SOCOM 09-004      Awarded: 6/16/2009
Title:Man Portable Hand Held Survey Device
Abstract:Advanced signal processing techniques based on existing Tampa Microwave signal intelligence receiver hardware, University of South Florida cellular recognition software and Athena Group FPGA products will be utilized to demonstrate a wide bandwidth, fast scan manportable cellular scanning device. BENEFITS: Power consumption, size, stare bandwidth and scan speed for hand held communications intercept devices will be improved by the commericalization of this device. Utilization of this same hardware/software as the front end for a compact, manportable, wide bandwidth communications transmisstion Direction Finding receiver will also be feasible.

Applied Physical Sciences Corp.
475 Bridge Street Suite 100
Groton, CT 06340
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(781) 861-2039
Frank Berkman
SOCOM 09-005      Awarded: 6/8/2009
Title:Compact, Efficient Motor Controllers with Active Noise Cancellation
Abstract:Most commercial motor controllers (MC’s) operate at relatively low switching frequency that produces a detectable acoustic signature and therefore drives the Navy to procure MC’s operating at higher frequencies in order to reduce acoustic signature. These custom MC’s, however, still generate significant noise, are not sufficiently reliable, and have obsolete components. APS will develop an innovative active noise and vibration cancellation (ANVC) system to reduce the acoustic and vibration signatures of today’s commercial MC’s to levels that will not contribute to the host vehicle’s acoustic vulnerability. The APS ANVC system will mitigate noise and vibration generated by multiple internal sources and transmitted to the hull by either structure-borne or air-borne paths. The system will be comprised entirely of COTS components thereby minimizing cost and facilitating technology refresh. Key products of Phase 1 include: • Measurements on a representative COTS MC to provide engineering data essential to ANVC system design • A preliminary design for the proof-of-principle system to be developed and demonstrated in Phase 2 that will obtain at least 90% (i.e., 10 dB) reduction in broadband noise power The Phase 2 proof-of-principle system will provide the basis for DT&E of an operational prototype in Phase 3. BENEFITS: According to the recent “USSOCOM Technology Needs Briefing for Center of Excellence for Research in Ocean Sciences” prepared by PEO-Naval Systems, Advanced Maritime Systems, “SOF combatant submersibles (CS) require lower cost HM&E technology for dry manned submersibles.” The proposed technology directly addresses this need. However, the application and benefits will extend far beyond noise mitigation for motor controllers for dry manned submersibles. Not only will the MC-ANVC technologies developed under this effort be widely applicable to noise mitigation of small to moderate size motor controllers in any noise-critical Naval platform, the technology will be generally applicable to any machinery or equipment that generates noise and vibration. Thus there is wide industrial as well as military application and benefit from this technology.

Physical Optics Corporation
Information Technologies Division 1839 W. 205th St., Suite B
Torrance, CA 90501
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(310) 320-3088
Keehoon Kim
SOCOM 09-005      Awarded: 6/8/2009
Title:Universal Active Noise Patch Cancellation
Abstract:To address the SOCOM need for an active noise cancellation system for thrust motor controllers, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Universal Active Noise Patch Cancellation (UANPAC) system based on a multifold active reduction patch (MARP) as a smart-skin-type acoustic actuator and an adaptive time-varying controller (ATVC) as a real-time adaptive ANC controller. The UANPAC system provides an open, universal control architecture enabling easy add-on to any type of motor controller without modification. The ATVC will be based on POC’s proprietary ANC algorithms, whereas MARP will be newly developed for the UANPAC application as a flat, skin-like, stick-on actuator or a flat (or curved) plate with attached MARPs. Responding to motor controller noise, the ATVC will suppress broadband noise with the MARP actuator, reproducing antinoise through the housing surface of a motor controller. In Phase I, POC will develop and demonstrate a Phase I UANPAC prototype and a business plan for its commercialization. In Phase II, we plan to develop a functional UANPAC prototype and conduct testing in a laboratory environment to validate the accuracy, efficiency, and reliability of the prototype system while operating in a simulated environment at varying loads. BENEFITS: As an effective means of controlling structural/acoustic noise, the UANPAC system will have myriad civilian applications, including vibration suppression, noise minimization, and vibration cancellation in marine motors and engines, including quieting motors for use in auditoriums, theatres, and opera houses, or ambient noise cancellation in commercial or residential buildings.

Signal Systems Corporation
877 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd Suite 210
Severna Park, MD 21146
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(410) 431-7148
Chris Cechak
SOCOM 09-005      Awarded: 6/8/2009
Title:Compact, Efficient Motor Controllers with Active Noise Cancellation
Abstract:SSC will use a novel rafting concept that reduces the area authority fo the Active Noise Cancellation solution. This approach is patented and demonstrated in the Smart Skins Demonstration (S2D) program. Mature algorithms provide a low risk path to a Phase I demonstration and a Phase II insertion BENEFITS: The rafting concept enables flexibiity in adapting any COTS controller to severe space constraints