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23 Phase I Selections from the 10.1 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
AMERICAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES CO
3825 Lizette Ln.
Glenview, IL 60026
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(847) 414-6788
Igor V. Barsukov
SOCOM 10-001      Awarded: 8/12/2010
Title:Stealth Conformant Coatings for Diver Dry Suits
Abstract:American Energy Technologies Co., a woman-owned small business concern of Illinois, will partner with Georgia Institute of Technology of Atlanta, GA and Clemson University of South Carolina in order to develop and qualify a matrix of conformant clad coatings for outer garments of rubberized dry suits used by free swimming Special Operations Forces Divers. The principle constituents of these exterior coatings will be hard hydrophobic lightweight granules ranging in size +100 mesh (min) to ¼” (max), with a bulk density in the range of 1.85 to 2.25 g/cc. The coatings will be flexible, durable, and will provide for near maximum levels of laceration and puncture protection as specified in ASTM F1790 and ASTM F1342, respectively. These coatings will also have adequate abrasion resistance, will feature deep opaque green to dull gray disguise coloring thus helping make SOFDs near invisible during operations in shallow waters. The coatings are also expected to have appreciable ballistic protection properties at the threat level of at least type IIA per NIJ Standard–0101.06. BENEFITS: Coatings being proposed will be clad as an external layer to existing dry suits of special operations divers. These coatings will help improve current suit technology by serving multiple purposes including: (1) protection of divers from marine-borne sharp object threats (stinging marine life, coral, rock, shark, etc.), (2) passive protection from personnel threats (knife, spear in the water and light bullet on the surface), (3) disguise divers from visibility by naked eye during operations in shallow waters, (4) will add some weight to the dry suit thus permitting easier (e.g. faster) ingress of divers into the water, and (5) will help reduce exchange of heat between diver’s body and the ambient environment (a pro for missions in cold and too warm water). If/when successfully commercialized into the dry suits for shallow water operations, the next logical segue of the proposed coating technology would be into the deep-sea free swimming scuba costumes. Outside of SOCOM, the applications may include puncture resistant coatings for US Coast Guard, gloves for TSA passenger security screening personnel at the airports and on other checkpoints (DHS). Civilian wear-resistant applications include protection of moving or impacted parts of industrial equipment such as chutes / hoppers, exhaust fan blades and housing, nozzles, cyclone separators, etc.

EY Technologies
Div. of Pascale Industries, Inc. 939 Currant Road
Fall River, MA 02720
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(508) 673-3307
Vikram Sharma
SOCOM 10-001      Awarded: 8/13/2010
Title:3-D Epoxy Printed Fabrics (Woven, Knits, Stretch Knits) for Integrated Sharp Object Protection for Dive Suit or Dive Skin Garment and Body Mapped Prot
Abstract:EY Technologies (EYT) proposes to accomplish three key objectives in this effort: 1) Generate 3-D Epoxy Printed Fabric Surfaces for Integrated Dive-Suit Sharp Object Protection. 2) Generate 3-D Epoxy Printed Knit Fabrics for Dive-Skin Garment for Sharp Object Protection 3) Body Mapped Sharp Object Protection Dive-Suit Design EYT has partnered with Polartec®, HDM, WhitesDiving to address the lack of Sharp object protection in current Dive Suit Systems. EYT proposes development of 3-D Epoxy Printed Fabrics (Woven, Knits, Stretch Knits) for cut, abrasion, puncture and penetration protection, for diver on land or water from sharp objects in either dive-suit or dive-skin form. EYT’s approach builds on traditional approach for protection from sharp objects, i.e. high cover factor or dense woven fabrics from Warwick Mills, which typically yields heavier woven fabrics that, have no give or stretch, which will likely hinder the diver’s motion both in water and on land. EYT proposed Body Mapped Protection Dive Suit approach provides flexibility to incorporate, any type or combination of fabric layers, tailored to trauma susceptibility of body parts from sharp objects. EYT team members: Polartec®, HDM, WhitesDiving®, UMass MarineTechCenter, bring together a strong team that will ensure success of the proposed program and commercialization. BENEFITS: The 3-D Epoxy Printed Fabrics (woven, knits, or coated yarn stretch knits) are highly resilient and flexible that generates extremely durable sharp object protection (cut, abrasion, penetration, puncture, laceration) yet do not mitigate SOCOM Divers actions, motion or operational tasks in any threat environment both in water and on land, is highly desirable for applications beyond Military in commercial applications. Such a system would have great application in Commercial Dive Suit Market, Industrial Market (Oilmen, Fishing); Clothing for active sports people (Hunting, Climbing etc.) would be another target market. Companies will readily integrate this Lightweight 3-D Epoxy printed fabric layers system into consumer products and markets (gloves, jackets, shoes etc.).

NanoSonic, Inc.
P.O. Box 618
Christiansburg, VA 24068
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(540) 953-1785
Vince Baranauskas
SOCOM 10-001      Awarded: 8/16/2010
Title:Lightweight, Highly Flexible Ceramic Copolymer Composite Liners for Providing Multi-Threat Laceration, Abrasion and Puncture Protection to Special Ope
Abstract:The objective of this Phase I SBIR program is to design, construct and qualify next generation ceramic copolymer drysuit liners for providing multi-threat protection to special operations forces (SOF) divers from laceration, abrasion and puncture threats. The proposed lightweight, highly flexible liner technology will be designed for integration within currently employed drysuit ensembles and thus have immediate utility for imparting diver protection from an array of threat scenarios without compromising free-swimming maneuverability or continuous water to land operations. In addition, the proposed diver protection system will provide ballistic protection through its multiple threat defeating mechanisms. NanoSonic’s drysuit liners will integrate innovative ceramic polymer armor materials within shear thickening Kevlar® and Dyneema® fibers to provide lightweight (< 1 lb / sq. ft.) drysuit liners with exceptional abrasion resistance and shear thickening ceramic nanoparticles that protect from both puncture and laceration threats. This effort will build from NanoSonic’s independently validated hybrid nanocomposite armor materials that have demonstrated independently validated abrasion resistance against high velocity solid particles, durability against high velocity fragment simulation projectiles, and protection from buried C4 landmine explosives. Optimized drysuit liner materials will be supplied to suggested SOF diver drysuit manufacturers for trial integration efforts during the base 6-month effort. BENEFITS: NanoSonic’s highly flexible, lightweight ceramic nanocomposite drysuit armor liners have envisioned utility within a broad spectrum of soldier armor ensembles and field protective equipment. By combining the exceptional flexibility, impact durability, flame resistance and mechanical strength of NanoSonic’s antiballistic hybrid copolymers with reinforcing, shear thickening Kevlar® and Dyneema® composites, an innovative class of armor capable of defeating a broad spectrum of ballistic, puncture, laceration and abrasive threats will be realized. Importantly, researchers will tailor the viscosity, processing window and cure schedule of the proposed armor panels for a graceful transition into commonly employed composite manufacturing techniques (pultrusion, compression molding, resin transfer molding (RTM), vacuum transfer molding (VARTM), prepregging and hand lay-up). Thus, researchers envision facile integration pathways within a broad spectrum of body armor technologies, as well as potential secondary utility for direct application to vulnerable exterior structures of tactical vehicles. The synthetic and manufacturing metrics of the proposed nanocomposite resins will facilitate 55-gallon Phase I scale-up opportunities thus enabling a rapid Phase III transition.

Warwick Mills
301 Turnpike Road, PO Box 409
New Ipswich, NH 03071
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(603) 291-1000
Charles Howland
SOCOM 10-001      Awarded: 8/22/2010
Title:Cut and Puncture Resistant Low Mass Diver Dry Suit with High Mobility
Abstract:We propose to provide essential protection from lacerations, punctures and abrasion for SOCOM’s free swimming diver force using a multi-layer laminate. The key technology will employs a novel stretch-pleat design with a proven puncture and cut resistant fabric that will allow a lower diving mass ensemble with a focus on mobility. The core puncture and cut layer is based on a lightweight puncture resistant fabric we designed for several NASA’s Mars space flights, where mass was also mission critical. This material was used to build the inflatable impact bags that protected Pathfinder, Spirit and Opportunity vehicles as they did a controlled crash-landing on Mar’s surface with its sharp volcanic rock surface. In addition to this cut and puncture layer, we propose a novel stretch knit made from a unique combination of stretch yarns and high modulus yarns. These two textiles layers will form a lightweight flexible stretch system that will offer the SOCOM diver force unprecedented protection without restricting their mobility. The third component that we propose is a high performance, breathable water barrier that will be sandwiched and protected by the two textile layers, creating a complete system for thermal management essential for the diver adapting to diverse environments. BENEFITS: Stretch-pleat concept with puncture and cut resistant fabric will provide essential protection from lacerations and punctures for free swimming SOCOM diver force and commercial diving community. The technology will combine inherently puncture resistant fabric with stretch pleat design to allow a lower diving mass ensemble with focus on mobility.

Carbozyme, Inc.
1 Deer Park Drive, Suite L-2
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
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(732) 274-0657
Michael Trachtenberg
SOCOM 10-002      Awarded: 8/31/2010
Title:Lightweight, Small Volume, CO2 Removal Technology for Underwater Breathing Apparatus (UBA) and Undersea Platforms
Abstract:Carbozyme will develop a novel closed circuit rebreathing apparatus based on biomimetic principals. Our objective is to catalyze the conversion of carbon dioxide to ionic equivalents that can be readily absorbed into seawater, eliminating gas bubbles. This design has the unique advantage of being able to operate continuously for the full duration of the oxygen supply. Installation of the rebreather will be significantly easier since it will be designed to fit on the oxygen tank and utilize the same hosing. Furthermore, it will work equally well independent of water temperature, making it possible to operate over a temperature range of -2 to +41°C. Another important aspect of our design is that it protects against simple but dangerous mistakes such as the diver failing to replace a used cartridge. Overall, Carbozyme’s design is targeted at being easier to use, easier to breath through and safer than existing UBA CCR methods. Carbozyme’s approach to minimize market access time and cost is to license this technology to a preferred developer currently operating in this field that has demonstrated high quality reputation and experience in military and government operations. BENEFITS: One key benefit of our work is to create a new class of CCR where the diver is not limited by the CO2 capture capacity of the CCR but merely by dive tables and oxygen availability. Moreover, the device is designed have a low pressure drop making respiration easy, removing another limitation found in current CCR technology. Carbozyme’s rebreather will be integrated with the compressed gas tank on the diver’s back, decreasing the level of skill needed for installation. Perhaps most importantly it is designed to increase safety by operating in a parallel and continuous mode. We believe these features are valuable not only to the military but to recreational divers as well. We will commercialize by licensing the design to one of the major companies in this field

Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle Suite 400
Roanoke, VA 24016
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(540) 953-4289
Jonas Gunter
SOCOM 10-002      Awarded: 8/31/2010
Title:Functional Porous Sol-Gel Silica for Highly Efficient CO2 Scrubber
Abstract:Current and future military force is moving to be lighter, faster, and stealthier in order to maintain an operational advantage. For example, a lightweight and small volume underwater breathing apparatus (UBA) is required to supply combat divers with continuous breathing gas in the water A closed-circuit rebreather (CCR) that provides divers with breathable gas from recycled exhaled gas is more accepted due to several advantages such as low weight and volume, long diving duration, and few, if any, bubbles. However, the CO2 scrubbing technology used in the CCRs to remove CO2 from the breathing loop has not been changed in over 50 years, which has a limited CO2 removal capacity. In order to meet advanced military force requirements, such as lower system weight and volume and longer submersible duration, an innovative and highly efficient CO2 scrubber technology is urgently needed. To address this critical need, Luna Innovations Incorporated proposes to develop a high efficiency CO2 scrubber system based on a functional nanoporous material. The proposed technology is expected to have a CO2 removal capacity 3 to 10 times as high as that for the currently used soda lime scrubber based on equivalent weight or volume. BENEFITS: If successful, this development effort will yield a highly efficient CO2 scrubbing technology that could be used in underwater breathing apparatus (UBA) and/or other undersea platforms. In addition to military applications, the developed high efficiency CO2 scrubber system would also be utilized in civilian and space applications such as recreational diving equipments, rebreathers for mine workers and firefighters, industrial CO2 gas separation, and space CO2 capture.

Lynntech, Inc.
7610 Eastmark Drive
College Station, TX 77840
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(979) 693-0017
Alan Cisar
SOCOM 10-002      Awarded: 8/30/2010
Title:A Nanocomposite, Regenerable, High Capacity CO2 Sorbent
Abstract:SOCOM is seeking an innovative solution for a simpler, high capacity scrubber to reduce the levels of CO2 in underwater breathing apparatus and re-breathers. Existing CO2 scrubbers are absorbent based and suffer from slow reaction rates under pressure, at colder temperatures, and under heavy breathing, as well as limited CO2 capacity and the dangers of a caustic cocktail if the scrubber floods. Lynntech Inc. proposes to develop a high capacity, nanocomposite CO2 removal media that will be smaller and lighter and have improved CO2 adsorption properties. The proposed system will be based on Lynntech’s modified zeolite that has exhibited a 235% increase in CO2 adsorption capacity in the presence of humidity versus unmodified zeolite. The device will be sized for the Mk 25 and Mk 16 underwater breathing apparatus and will preferentially adsorb CO2 rather than moisture. The Phase I will optimize, test and characterize the media that will comprise the adsorption matrix, and perform analyses of the capture capacity, flow resistance, and low temperature performance of the sorbent. The Phase II will design, develop and demonstrate a prototype CO2 scrubber system that is smaller and lighter than current absorbers and has improved adsorption properties. BENEFITS: Lynntech’s proposed high capacity, nanocomposite CO2 sorbent offers a smaller and lighter solution with improved adsorption properties that will be beneficial to numerous applications. Potential military applications of the technology are CO2 scrubbers used in underwater breathing apparatus, closed circuit rebreathers, manned submersibles and hyperbaric chambers. Potential commercial applications of the technology range from underwater research vessels, submersible rescue vehicles, oil rig, exploration, and tourist submersibles to civilian/recreation diving equipment and hyperbaric systems. Other potential applications include the space sector, military and commercial aviation sector, the mining industry, and industrial workers in tanks and other enclosed spaces.

Marshall Laboratories, Inc.
2555 49th Street Unit Number 4
Boulder, CO 80301
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(303) 442-0156
John Marshall
SOCOM 10-002      Awarded: 8/31/2010
Title:Lightweight, Small Volume, CO2 Removal Technology for Underwater Breathing Apparatus (UBA) and Undersea Platforms: An Advanced Nanotechnology Resolut
Abstract:We will employ the very latest methods in nanotechnology to realize vastly improved CO2 scrubbing efficiency in closed cycle underwater breathing apparatuse(UBA). Our system will occupy minimal volume, will be simple in design and will employ benign nano- particles as the CO2 active scrubbing material. Due to the design, CO2 uptake will be maximized and breathing flow resistance will kept at a minimal value over a wide temperature range, i.e. -5 degrees Celsius to over 200 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, the scrubbing device will be 100% recyclable and may be replaced immediately in the field as needed by combat swimmers. We estimate that our scrubbing device will occupy less than .05 liters and will weigh less than 0.75 lbs. BENEFITS: We anticipate commercial needs in recreational diving and mine safety. Present mine safety devices employ lithium hydroxide within present escape/rescue emergency breathing devices. This is a health hazard and can be efficiently replaced with our benign, lighter weight system. These systems could be made available to numerous applications where workers might be exposed to high-level CO2 environments.

Nano Terra, Inc
790 Memorial Drive Suite 202
Cambridge, MA 02139
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(617) 621-8500
Joseph McLellan
SOCOM 10-002      Awarded: 8/31/2010
Title:Development of a Novel Highly-Efficient Nanofiber-based CO2 Absorbing Material
Abstract:Nano Terra proposes the design and development of nanofiber-based CO2 absorbing materials which will increase the sorbent capacity while decreasing breathing resistance and increasing the rate of CO2 absorption. Metal oxide nanofibers capable of absorbing CO2 will be fabricated using electrospinning, in a technique pioneered by Nano Terra’s scientists. The CO2 absorbing capacity of the fibers will be tested, optimized, and production scaled up to satisfy the requirements of the solicitation. Nano Terra’s expertise with electrospinning, surface chemistry, nanofiber fabrication, as well as its extensive intellectual property portfolio covering multiple aspects of these techniques, qualifies it to perform the design and development of this novel CO2-absorbing material. BENEFITS: Warfighters operating underwater rely on carbon dioxide (CO2) scrubbers to remove the gas from re-circulating air in underwater breathing apparatuses, thus preventing CO2 poisoning. Current CO2 removal technologies are outdated, heavy, large, and lose operating efficiency at low temperatures, such as those experienced at large depths. Nano Terra’s proposed nanofiber-based CO2 scrubber will increase the rate of CO2 absorption and increase sorbent capacity, permitting a scaling down of CO2 scrubber units. Smaller and more efficient CO2 scrubbers will increase the range of depths, distances, and physical tasks available to warfighters operating under water, and will insure the safety of personnel in hazardous conditions.

3 Phoenix, Inc.
13135 Lee Jackson Hwy Suite 220
Fairfax, VA 22033
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(919) 562-5333
Joseph Murray
SOCOM 10-003      Awarded: 8/12/2010
Title:Compact, Covert Periscope with 360 Degree Simultaneous Day/Night Coverage
Abstract:The proposed Phase I investigation is expected to yield an innovative sensor system design of a very small, lightweight, and minimally detectable periscope imaging system capable of instantaneous 360-degree viewing. The approach exploits innovative research and development activities in advanced optics designs coupled with modern sensors, including visual, near infrared, and short wave infrared. We present an innovative panoramic sensor module that can integrate with the existing Seal Delivery Vehicle (SDV) mast system and inboard electronics. It will provide visual, low light, and short wave infrared sensing capability. This system will provide unique capabilities for red and green differentiation. The unique design concept permits a very compact system solution and is build of cost effective and rugged devices to be able to withstand the harsh operating environment. We anticipate that the results of this effort will demonstrate the feasibility of the system approach and the path to implementation. BENEFITS: The Phase I effort will generate optical imaging designs, and will identify suitable sensor technologies that will allow the development of a covert, 360-degree panoramic imaging system. Results of the Phase I will produce an architecture for a complete electronics/firmware system to meet or exceed all the requirements. We expect the imaging system will readily scale to the application and be adapted to meet all the imaging requirements. Successful completion of Phase I will establish the feasibility of the approach and the development of the conceptual design that will transition into the Phase II effort. The imaging system design developed in Phase I will be used to develop a demonstration system in Phase II to investigate the performance of the system.

RemoteReality Corporation
1700 West Park Dr
Westborough, MA 01581
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(508) 898-8613
Raghu Menon
SOCOM 10-003      Awarded: 7/16/2010
Title:Compact, Covert Periscope with 360 Degree Simultaneous Day/Night Coverage
Abstract:RemoteReality proposes to design and develop a very high resolution, omnidirectional compact 360 degree periscope based on RemoteReality''s unique optical designs and very high resolution imagers with embedded processing. Employing a combination of RemoteReality’s catadioptric cameras with a rotating mirror in a pressure housing with a wide spectral band zoom lenses and fixed LLLTV and SWIR cameras, the entire system will have a single point of projection for generating accurate panoramic and perspective videos with no distortion. The system will use a cylindrical window on the housing which has the advantage that optical aberrations introduced by the window can be self corrected by using a mirror of the appropriate curvature. The use of light mirror based components, with minimal moving parts and no slip rings will result in a compact light package. The use of FPGA based embedded processing will further reduce the footprint of the system. RemoteReality patented approach backed by over 11 years of experience is one of the few approaches that yield repeatable wide angle camera systems in a small robust form factor, low cost and weight with high resolution. BENEFITS: - Enhanced 360 Situational Awareness for armored vehicles - Maritime key asset and force protection. - Unmanned Vehicle tele-operation - Wide area surveillance for border protection, waterway and shoreline protection, city surveillance. - Airport and power plant security and surveillance. - Wide angle video conferencing

Continental Controls and Design, Inc.
20252 Bancroft Circle
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
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(714) 964-6553
Jim Hynes
SOCOM 10-005      Awarded: 6/14/2010
Title:High Speed Combatant Craft Automated Ride Control
Abstract:We propose to demonstrate an integrated ride control system for high speed small craft. Our approach uses a smart EM actuator and transom trim tabs as a direct replacement for the ubiquitous electrohydraulic and electric systems currently used for static trim adjustments. Our recent IRAD efforts have produced a self contained control system which can be installed on virtually any craft within a few hours. The architecture is similar to systems used on larger ferries, but it uses modern MEMS inertial sensing and an efficient brushless direct drive ballscrew instead of bulky and expensive hydraulics. Our Phase 1 goals are to use our craft to demonstrate the current capability to the special boat unit in San Diego and use their feedback to add software features. In P2 we will fit the system to a RIB reserved for science and technology development. BENEFITS: This system could be used in a broad range of military and civilian high speed water craft applications, where shock and motion mitigation are desired.

Moxahela Enterprises, LLC
3201 Enterprise Parkway Suite 410
Beachwood, OH 44122
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(216) 831-2288
Scott T. Snow
SOCOM 10-005      Awarded: 6/15/2010
Title:High Speed Combatant Craft Automated Ride Control
Abstract:Marine 1, LLC and senior business partner Moxahela Enterprises, LLC are pleased to present this proposal for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) topic number SOCOM 10-005 for high speed combatant craft automated ride control. USSOCOM has identified the need for a lightweight, automated ride control system that will model and predict craft motion to dynamically adjust craft systems including trim tabs and propulsion vector, for the purpose of significantly improving the ride quality aboard their high speed craft in elevated seas. Operations in elevated sea states result in extreme accelerations and shock forces that are debilitating to craft, crew and passengers. Personnel associated with special boat operations too often sustain significant and permanent injuries. Currently, USSOCOM’s Naval Special Warfare Command (NAVSOF) relies almost exclusively on the skill and experience of Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewmen (SWCC) to mitigate the impact of turbulent seas. These crewmen employ navigation, maneuver and throttle manipulation as a means to control their vessels in adverse environmental conditions. USSOCOM’s recent Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) requirements seek to limit the injury causing forces experienced by its high speed craft personnel. These safety-minded requirements have inspired several highly advanced shock mitigating hull designs. A motion damping capable, attitude stabilizing automated ride control system will serve to compliment and enhance USSOCOM’s bold new generation of fast vessels. BENEFITS: An automated, active attitude control, stabilization, and motion damping system for Naval Special Warfare Combatant Craft will significantly impact NAVSOF mission effectiveness and improve the operational availability of SWCC and SEAL personnel. The resulting improved craft ride quality will reduce the shock experienced by SWCC operators and SEAL passengers, thus reducing injuries during training and mission operations, reducing SWCC and SEAL fatigue during long and short transits, and improve stability during replenishment and boarding maneuvers. The secondary benefits to the addition of an automated ride control system for combatant craft will be in extending craft life, reducing the life cycle costs in craft maintenance due to shock, and in reducing the training time for SWCC personnel. Operating the craft will become much easier when an automated ride control system is fully implemented.

Naiad Dynamics US Inc.
50 Parrott Drive
Shelton, CT 06484
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(301) 863-5499
Benton H. Schaub
SOCOM 10-005      Awarded: 6/14/2010
Title:High Speed Combatant Craft Automated Ride Control
Abstract:The development of an automated ride control system for high speed combatant craft is critical to reducing the motions that cause injury to crew and damage to craft and equipment. Ancillary benefits include reduced fuel consumption for improved range of operation and the reduction of wake signature. The objective of this research project is to continue the successful development of ride control systems for high speed combatant craft with the goals of improving motion-reducing performance through the use of not- currently-implemented predictive features that rely on data from additional on-board sensors and real time sea condition models, and additional not-currently-implemented system automation to reduce operator task load. BENEFITS: Ride control systems are well-proven in commercial and military applications. The company proposing this work has successfully fielded ride control systems for relatively small, very high speed combatant craft with impressive results. For example, one application reduced the peak motions-induced shock acceleration on a 11m US Navy RHIB by approximately 50% (from over 12 g’s to less than 6 g’s), and the company’s ride control system is currently being fitted to every new UK MOD high speed special operations craft. It is believed that further sea-induced motion reductions, with commensurate reductions of injury-causing acceleration can be achieved by (a) using data from additional on-board sensors such as radar or radio-frequency wave height telemetry and (b) using data from sea condition models that are updated in real-time by the ride control system embedded controller. Neither approach is currently implemented anywhere in the world as a control input to the ride control system, and mathematical models and control algorithms must be developed to achieve the goal of improved performance. The anticipated benefits of a system employing these features is improved system performance with little increase in system price, which is an aspect that is very important for follow-on commercial applications. That is, excluding the one-time cost of developing models and algorithms, taking input from craft radar or radio-frequency wave height telemetry is merely a systems integration issue rather than additional hardware scope of supply requirement because the candidate craft, whether military or commercial, are always fitted with radar units, and current generation ride control systems are always fitted with conventional motion sensors such as accelerometers, rate gyros, and inclinometers. Further, it is believed that current-generation embedded processors with adequate computational power are commercially available to simultaneously update sea condition models in real time and run the ride control system algorithms in real time. Another aspect of the work being proposed is increased automation to reduce operator task load. Most current generation ride control systems require the operator to change system settings in response to prevailing sea conditions. Some current generation ride control systems have adaptive algorithms, which merely use a gain scheduling approach that is crude and ineffective for high speed craft. The company proposing this work has investigated integration of an artificial

Advanced Distributed Sensor Systems, Inc
10658 W. Centennial Road #400
Littleton, CO 80127
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(720) 235-3830
Patrick French
SOCOM 10-006      Awarded: 5/13/2010
Title:Micro Weather Sensor (MWS)
Abstract:A need exists for a new environmental situational awareness sensor with multi-spectrum camouflage that is extremely small (90g) and capable of measuring with aviation-grade accuracy: wind speed/direction, horizontal visibility, sky condition, cloud heights, temperature, dewpoint, barometric pressure, precipitation and CBRN contamination. There exists a strong desire to support a variety of communications options for data dissemination and C2. This sensor will be used in Unmanned Aircraft Systems and in ground deployments. A unit with the capabilities described above would address an unmet requirement for remote expendable weather sensors from the AF OS-21 ORD. ADSS proposes to utilize a variety of novel sensor technologies coupled with various meteorological rules and data fusion techniques to address this unmet need. ADSS proposes to develop both the 90g sensor and an optional ground-based augmentation sensor. Phase I will focus on the selection, evaluation, and demonstration of the most difficult measurements (visibility, cloud height, sky coverage, wind speed/direction) to perform with high accuracy in the cell phone size package. These new measurement approaches will be evaluated in Phase I in ADSS’ unique and highly instrumented test facility for weather sensors. Phase I will result in a down-selection of technologies for full development in Phase II. BENEFITS: The precision weather measurement market has been relatively stagnate in the development of new technologies for the last 20 years and has chosen to simply refine the existing measurement techniques. This is due to costs associated with gaining acceptance of a new technology and that size, weight and power for the typical installation are immaterial. Under this three-Phased SBIR program, ADSS has proposed several revolutionary technologies which when proven will address the stated DoD need (AF OS-21 ORD) and create new applications in other markets. ADSS is the incumbent technology company for addressing this DoD need for remote expendable aviation-grade weather measurement systems. As such, ADSS has developed manufacturing and calibration facilities for this market. In addition, ADSS has established sales, marketing and customer support for this market. ADSS routinely exhibits at the American Meteorological Society annual show and has a solid reputation within the weather community. Given successful demonstration of the proposed technology, ADSS is extremely well-poised to immediately commercialize this technology within its existing customer base. Beyond the existing customers, the markets requiring the proposed technology include 1) battlefield DSNs or Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS), 2) intelligence gathering by the military and other government organizations, 3) installation Homeland Defense, 4) Homeland Security monitoring applications and 6) wildlife/forest monitoring. ADSS envisions significant penetration into these markets because the proposed system would create new methods to address unmet needs in these areas.

Physical Optics Corporation
Photonic Systems Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100
Torrance, CA 90501
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(310) 320-3088
Ihor Berezhnyy
SOCOM 10-006      Awarded: 5/26/2010
Title:Optical Wave Guide Integrated Weather Sensor
Abstract:To address the SOCOM need for live, day-and-night weather monitoring, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Optical-Wave-Guide–Integrated Weather Sensor (WAGIS). This proposed device is based on a new design that utilizes in- house–developed mature components and COTS components. The innovation in multispectral optical train design and implementation of POC’s proprietary volume phase grating (VPG) will enable the WAGIS to detect local weather parameters, offering real- time and high-accuracy data that directly address SOCOM requirements for weather monitoring. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of WAGIS with limited capability by developing a device that automatically detects and collects weather data and transmits these data to Military Command and Control (C2) elements. In Phase II, POC plans to optimize the design and to implement the features that allow secure and undetectable data transmissions and C2 network communication using common messaging formats, such as METAR. BENEFITS: Governmental, commercial, and nonprofit organizations will benefit from WAGIS by using it for weather forecasting and air pollution monitoring, air quality control, security, surveillance, process control in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and product inspection, intelligence gathering, climate change, public health, and more. Military applications of the WAGIS technology will include monitoring the local weather for better situation awareness as well as monitoring of local environment for bio- chemical and radiological hazards.

UES, Inc.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road
Dayton, OH 45432
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(937) 426-6900
David C. Liptak
SOCOM 10-006      Awarded: 6/1/2010
Title:Micro Weather Sensor (MWS)
Abstract:The Special Operations Forces mission requirement for remote weather sensing can be satisfied with an innovative solution that addresses tactical mobility in high threat environments. Within this context UES proposes the development of a novel Micro Weather Sensor, a modular system consisting of a comprehensive sensor suite and a compact, powerful networking device. The suite measures temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, ambient light, and radiological contamination and can be extended to also monitor wind speed and direction, cloud height and thickness, and chemical and biological warfare agent contamination. A mobile handset running the Linux operating system serves as the user/network interface, supporting both fully-automated and human-directed operating modes. Using encrypted Internet Protocols over wireless data networks, the handset not only relays locally acquired weather information to command and control elements, but also receives and graphically portrays data feeds from those elements. By virtue of the expanded network awareness and broad spectrum sensing capabilities that also include CBRN detection; the proposed sensor represents a dramatic improvement in remote weather sensing technology. BENEFITS: The proposed micro weather sensor will increase the availability of ground-based weather sensor data in forward areas. The sensor will be smaller and lighter than current state-of-the-art solutions and therefore easier to transport. The modular sensor array will be reconfigurable, allowing custom configurations that are optimized for specific deployment scenarios. A decoupled architecture will allow optimal placement of sensor and radio communications hardware. The computing subsystem will use an operating system with a strong security model and secure network communications will be supported. Intelligent software design will provide improved interoperability with local user and remote command and control elements. Remote sensing of weather phenomena has applications in Special Operations Forces and conventional military activities.

Aqua Resources Corporation
20 Linwood Rd NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
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(404) 451-1883
John Cairney
SOCOM 10-007      Awarded: 4/9/2010
Title:Clean, Green, ChemBio Defense/Fire Retardant Process Using Nanotechnology
Abstract:The dynamics of nano-size interactions of metal hydroxide nanoplatelets is a new field of material science. Initial research conducted by Aqua Resources and the Department of Defense, offers the promise of an innovative means of effectively defending against Chemical/Biological (CB) warfare agents in a cost effective manner without the attendant residues and long-term damage associated with traditional methods. The platelets have the ability to resist CB contamination and be self detoxifying which will return mission assets to a MOPP-free status/condition in a timely manner. Magnesium hydroxide nanoplatet technology promises to be an effective, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly solution for countering CB warfare threats. In addition, magnesium hydroxide is a known fire retardant and can be used in platelet form as a platform to carry other enhanced C/B and fire retardants, which will augment those properties of materials, such as fabrics, plastics, etc. Additionally, magnesium hydroxide nanoplatelets are non-toxic to humans and anti-corrosive. Aqua Resources has patent-pending protection on the morphology of platelets and the production process which produces them. BENEFITS: Applications of nanoplatelets technology are virtually universal and could have a positive and profound impact on the Nation’s infrastructure in a myriad of everyday commercial/industrial applications: e.g., as a mildewcide/bactericide/fungicide in the manufacture of dry wall panels, lumber and any and all other construction materials for which fungal control is a major issue; CO2 scrubber in smokestacks to reduce carbon footprint and improve air purification systems; food packaging industry as a bactericide; active ingredient in antifungal creams for human and animal usage; multipurpose disinfectant in hospital settings. Nanoplatelets of magnesium hydroxide will be a better fire suppressant system for aircraft fires because of its anti-corrosive capability. On industrial fires, Magnesium hydroxide can be used in any one of its three states , jell, foam, and powder to neutralizing toxic smoke and runoff while suppressing the fire. On synthetic or natural textile magnesium hydroxide nanoplatelets add new properties of, fire retardant, super hydrophobic, oleo phobic and antimicrobial capabilities. Perhaps the most dramatic promise is the ability of nanoplatelets to kill drug/antibiotic-resistant bacteria (i.e., community acquired-MRSA) and other bacterial resistant mutants. Since nanoplatelets can be created with a virtually infinite combination of morphologies and chemistries, it is the ultimate antimicrobial.

Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100
Torrance, CA 90501
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(310) 320-3088
Juan Hodelin
SOCOM 10-007      Awarded: 4/8/2010
Title:Nanoparticle Adhesive Deposition Process for Metal Hydroxide Nanoplatelets
Abstract:To address the USSOCOM need to develop new materials or processes using nanotechnology for chemical and biological warfare (CBW) defense, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Nanoparticle Adhesive Deposition (NANOPAD) process. This proposed process is based on established chemical finishing techniques using chemically synthesized metal hydroxide nanoplatelets (MHN) to impregnate fabrics, clothing, and hard materials. The innovation in applying an MHN treatment using an adaptation of a textile-finishing process will enable the development of self-decontaminating, self-neutralizing, and fire-retardant protective clothing and materials for CBW defense. As a result, the NANOPAD process offers a cost-effective, verifiable, and environmentally friendly approach to MHN-infused material production, which directly addresses the USSOCOM requirements for clean, green Chem/Bio defense process using nanotechnology. In Phase I, POC plans to demonstrate the NANOPAD process for integrating MHN into materials for self-decontamination, self-neutralization of CBW threats, and fire protection. POC will develop the NANOPAD process and verify the approach by performing a comparative study with other methods of MHN integration. In Phase II, POC will optimize the NANOPAD process and demonstrate the decontamination of chemical agents and neutralization of biological agents without the threat of mutant strains, and provide off-the-shelf clothing with fire-retardant laundering-proof fibers. BENEFITS: The fully developed NANOPAD process will provide a cost-effective approach to creating self-decontaminating, self-neutralizing, and fire-retardant clothing and material surfaces. Direct commercial applications of the NANOPAD-treated materials will include creating protective clothing and equipment for CBW safety with added flame resistance. There are many potential applications for a nontoxic, self-decontaminating surface treatment that would impact the medical, food and beverage, industrial protective clothing, air and water purification, and sanitation industries, among others. The flame-retardant properties extend the applications to fire protection for protective clothing, furniture and upholstery, and vehicle interiors and exteriors. Prophylactic treatments using NANOPAD could make safer a broad range of public and commercial venues including medical facilities, gyms/spas, food preparation and storage areas, stadiums, and airports and public transport facilities.

Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B
Ventura, CA 93003
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(805) 642-4645
Dan Klemer
SOCOM 10-008      Awarded: 9/2/2010
Title:Environmentally Hardened Laser-based micro combat ID
Abstract:Aerius Photonics will address the need for a small, ruggedized, long-range wearable micro combat identification device by developing a compact, portable, battery-powered beacon that employs state-of-the-art mid-wave IR (MWIR), long-wave IR (LWIR) and near IR (NIR) laser technology to emit an eyesafe signal that is easily detected by presently deployed targeting pods. Phase I will demonstrate, evaluate and deliver a prototype battery operated, hand held laser beacon with a target range of 12 nautical miles. The initial effort will focus on determining the design space available for miniaturization, packaging and cost reduction of laser devices with proven performance to meet the needs of the application. Feasibility will be established for further miniaturizing the unit to a size consistent with currently deployed strobes, and for satisfying requirements for reliable operation under global operating temperatures and conditions, including submersion in seawater to 66’ and operation in an electromagnetic environment. In Phase I, a long-range field test will also be conducted on the prototype unit at Northrop Grumman using their LITENING targeting pod. The Phase II effort will focus on completing a ruggedized product design and proving out reliability and performance. BENEFITS: The Aerius micro combat ID beacon will address a critical need for missions support personnel to be able to readily discriminate between friendly and unfriendly troops at continuously increasing distances from the center of activity by providing a small, compact, wearable module with long range visibility and capability of surviving in harsh environments. Moreover, it will enable incoming aircraft and ground troops to quickly and accurately indentify friendly troops in dynamically-changing battlefield environments. Upon the successful completion of the Phase I and Phase II program, Aerius’ combat ID beacon will have immediate utility for current military operations, and since it is designed to work with current targeting pods, Aerius’ beacon can be deployed as soon as production begins. Therefore, a key objective for the combined Phase I and Phase II effort will be to finalize a beacon design that is ready for production by the end of the program. Moreover, this product would have broad appeal across all branches of the military, and therefore, the commercial volume potential is substantial.

Diffraction, Ltd
186 Mad River Park
Waitsfield, VT 05673
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(802) 496-6640
Bob Kogut
SOCOM 10-008      Awarded: 9/3/2010
Title:Multi-Spectral Combat ID Beacon
Abstract:Diffraction LTD will develop a multi-spectral battery powered combat ID beacon. Key emitter technologies will include vacuum encapsulated photonic crystals in the MWIR and LWIR spectral bands. In Phase 1, a complete optical, electrical, and mechanical design of the beacon will be produced. A model taking into account emitter characteristics, atmospheric transmission, ambient lighting, and various detector characteristics will be built to enable simulations of the beacon to predict its range performance. Diffraction has extensive experience designing, building, and fielding combat ID beacons in the NIR, SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR portions of the spectrum. BENEFITS: The developed beacon will enable covert positive identification of U.S. forces thereby greatly reducing the chance of fratricide.

Global Military Experts Consulting and Instruction
13335 Fifteen Mile Rd Ste 135
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
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(850) 376-1047
Louis M. Pochet
SOCOM 10-008      Awarded: 9/8/2010
Title:Micro Combat ID (MID)
Abstract:GMECI proposes to combine existing commercial template matching and feature extraction algorithms with existing military EOIR sensor technology, to automatically highlight in real time friendly forces on existing displays. The proposed technology, Blue force Designated Optical Templates (BlueDOTs) will allow automatic computer recognition and highlighting to discern among individual, customized location markers of the BlueDot units highlighting location of each individual A video processing block, like those employed on Lightening and Sniper pods can be modified to add the BlueDot location markers. Locatable BlueDOTs can be passive markers, or active markers to deny enemy exploitation of marker TTPs. EOIR sensors represent a significant investment for existing Intelligence/Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Non-traditional ISR (NT-ISR) platforms. Developing a micro-combat identification (ID) system that operates with existing EOIR sensors is essential for timely transition to the battlefield. The proposed BlueDot technology will accomplish this. In recent years, commercial industry has made tremendous strides in template matching and feature extraction as seen in tools like Hugein and FLIKR. The ISR community has not taken advantage of the research and development that has been commercialized. BlueDot will integrate the best extraction template technology within the ISR community to accomplish micro-combat ID. BENEFITS: Surveillance video is currently commonly used in commercial warehouses and stockyards. Infrastructure already exists to pipe surveillance video of commercial properties to centralized locations. Video based tracking in commercial environments already equipped with video surveillance would increase security and efficiency. In shipping yards of rail heads and ports, individual containers could be tracked on both their entry/exit of the yard, but also their movement inside the stockyard. This tracking capability would simplify the process of ensuring all containers to be inspected by customs, moved into or kept out of bonded secure areas, and sensitive payloads remain in their respective sections of the dock.

QuantaSpec Inc.
PO Box 163
Essex Junction, VT 05453
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(802) 861-2728
Shaun Abraham
SOCOM 10-008      Awarded: 9/9/2010
Title:Micro Combat ID (MID)
Abstract:QuantaSpec, Inc., proposes to produce a highly efficient, compact, personnel-worn combat ID beacon visible to a large variety of overhead imaging pods. Multiple incidents of fratricide have highlighted the need for improved combat ID and Identify Friend or Foe (IFF) technology. Recent advances in emitter technology have enabled a new class of signaling device to become practical. QuantaSpec, Inc., proposes to exploit a new class of photonic crystal emitter in combination with already developed laser diode and/or LED technology to produce a micro combat ID beacon capable of fulfilling this role. Future development could provide encrypted, low-power communications. BENEFITS: This project will produce a more efficient, compact, long duration, highly visible beacon for combat ID purposes. Additional military benefits include tagging, tracking and locating, and combat search and rescue (CSAR) roles. Commercial roles include land, sea, and air search and rescue.