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16 Phase I Selections from the 11.1 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
Oceanit Laboratories, Inc.
Oceanit Center 828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 600
Honolulu, HI 96813
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(808) 241-7901
Fred Cowell
SOCOM11-001       Awarded: 6/20/2011
Title:Helicopter Hostile Fire Indication Sensor
Abstract:One of the most critical challenges facing our war fighter is to detect enemy fire quickly and accurately for force protection. Existing acoustic systems protect against gunshots only and are relatively slow; optical systems are large and expensive, suffer from a high false alarm rate, and do not provide 360 degree coverage. To address these issues, Oceanit has developed an enhanced Hostile Fire Detection System (HFDS) that can operate from ground or airborne platforms and detect multiple types of weapons. Oceanit’s HFDS provides the world’s fastest hostile fire detection system. Using a novel sensor chip that operates at 10,000+ frames per second, this next-generation optical system can be deployed on multiple platforms. HFDS provides full 360 degree battle space coverage from a single sensor with great accuracy. This ultra high-speed sensing enables improved detection, reduces false alarms, and provides the ability to identify friend/foe weapon types. With a reaction time of less than one-tenth of a second, the system provides a warning before a shot is heard. Its fast reaction time supports automated countermeasures. SOCOM has requested research on a system that also can accurately determine the distance to a shooter. In this submission, Oceanit proposes three different methods to augment our system to determine threat distances.

Agiltron Development Corporation
15 Cabot Road
Woburn, MA 01801
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(781) 935-1200
Francis P. Pantuso
SOCOM11-001       Awarded: 6/22/2011
Title:Helicopter Hostile Fire Indication Sensor
Abstract:Agiltron Development Corp. will develop the world’s first affordable, reliable and accurate Helicopter Hostile Fire Indicator Sensor capable of detecting small arms through rocket propelled grenade threats using Agiltron’s unique photomechanical, uncooled infrared sensor. In phase one, Agiltron will construct a test sensor system and conduct field tests to determine detection range, accuracy and false alarm rates using weapons recommended by SOCOM. In phase two, Agiltron will develop a technology prototype and demonstrate performance within an integrated sensor or system.

Solid State Scientific Corporation
27-2 Wright Road
Hollis, NH 03049
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(603) 598-1194
Richard J Nelson
SOCOM11-001       Awarded: 6/22/2011
Title:Small Integrated HFI Sensor for the AVR-2B
Abstract:Solid State Scientific Corporation (SSSC) is pleased to propose the design of a single- board, integrated Hostile Fire Indication (HFI) system with the nominal size, weight, and power constraints for operation as an adjunct sensor within the AN/AVR-2B(V) Laser Warning Set. Work on Phase I will consist of the preliminary design of a single circuit board that includes an uncooled, Commercial Off-The-Shelf, Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) focal plane, analog-to-digital circuitry, camera control electronics, digital signal processing electronics, processor and memory electronics for hosting threat warning algorithms, and support and interface electronics. SSSC will design the system using the existing Multi- Function Threat Detector (MFTD) system as a baseline, with the integration of the MFTD camera board, pre-processing board, and processing board onto a single board representing the most important innovation. The design and development of this new, fully integrated multispectral sensor represents a unique opportunity in spectral sensing and imaging. The resulting small, integrated HFI sensor for the AVR-2B system is expected to operate within the existing AN/AVR-2B system using a four-window adapted front plate: one window for the HFI sensor and the other three for laser warning functions. The HFI sensor will operate with small size, weight, and power characteristics with minimal impact on the existing AVR-2B. As a spectral sensor, the HFI system will incorporate a 4-channel optical design for spectral imaging that classifies hostile fire sources by type with high probability of detection and low false alarm rates. Threat warning coverage will be comparable to the field of view of the AVR-2B, with angular resolution in both azimuth and elevation to approximately 1°. This sensor will offer true HFI capability to the helicopter air crew.

Applied Physical Sciences Corp.
475 Bridge Street Suite 100
Groton, CT 06340
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(860) 448-3253
Jeffrey Allanach
SOCOM11-002       Awarded: 9/28/2011
Title:Diver Physiological Monitoring (DPM) System with Integrated Head Mounted Display (HMD) and AComms
Abstract:Applied Physical Sciences Corp. (APS) in collaboration with Ocean Technology Systems (OTS) will develop a diver physiological monitoring (DPM) system with integrated microdisplay that easily retrofits with existing full face masks (FFM) and that leverages commercial-off-the-shelf biometric sensors. The capability to quantitatively evaluate and assess a remote diver’s status will significantly improve situational awareness and ensure safe and effective operations. In that regard, the DPM system will acoustically transmit diver heart rate, respiratory rate, and body temperature to a surface station in real-time whereby a training supervisor can keep track of individual divers during training exercises. The DPM system will be integrated with a digital head mounted display and a diver communication system. The focus of the Phase I effort is to evaluate and integrate physiological sensors into an existing Scuba FFM that is reliable, accurate, and unobtrusive to the diver. Commercialization within SOCOM, the US Navy, and the United States Coast Guard will be pursued.

Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100
Torrance, CA 90501
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(310) 320-3088
Jason Holmstedt
SOCOM11-002       Awarded: 9/28/2011
Title:Situational Awareness Enhancing Adaptive Lightweight HMD
Abstract:To address the SOCOM need for an integrated system for enhancing the situational awareness of combat swimmers, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Situational-Awareness Enhancing Adaptive Lightweight Head-Mounted Display (SEAL- HMD). This proposed system is based on conformal diffractive optic waveguide retrofitted into existing full facemask (FFM) visors or designed into new FFMs with complete physiological, environmental, and equipment sensor integration with dive computer processing and hybrid acoustic/RF subsurface-to-air data communication and location tracking. The innovation in see-through displays integrated into the FFM will enable true heads-up content, and compressive sampling of sensor data will enable reduced bandwidth burden on constrained acoustic links, while the direct sequence spread spectrum modulation and beamforming enable improved covert capability, signal recovery, and acoustic vector sensor-based positioning and tracking. The system will be packaged and ruggedized for field use in accordance with SOCOM operational requirements of seawater (100m), high- pressure (90psi), and wide-temperature ranges (32-95 deg F). In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of SEAL-HMD by providing a laboratory demonstration of a FFM integrated see-through display and underwater communications and tracking. In Phase II, POC plans to mature the SEAL-HMD technology and develop designs to meet operational requirements for field use.

Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71
Hanover, NH 03755
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(603) 643-3800
David B. Kynor
SOCOM11-002       Awarded: 9/26/2011
Title:Integrated Diver Monitoring System
Abstract:Special Warfare Combat Swimmers operate in a hostile environment characterized by excessive physiologic demands and complete reliance on their equipment. Diver safety and situational awareness can be greatly improved by an integrated system capable of monitoring both diver physiologic status and breathing apparatus operation. During the course of this project Creare will develop an Integrated Diver Monitoring System (IDMS) that performs these functions using novel sensors and data display and telemetry subsystems. The IDMS will provide increased safety and situational awareness during Special Warfare diving operations.

Orbital Research Inc
4415 Euclid Avenue Suite 500
Cleveland, OH 44103
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(216) 649-0399
Aaron Rood
SOCOM11-002       Awarded: 9/23/2011
Title:Combat Swimmer Situational Awareness Systems (CSSAS)
Abstract:The proposed Combat Situational Awareness System (CSAS) is a comprehensive biometric and SCUBA status monitoring system capable of continuous monitoring of vital information such as heart rate, oxygen saturation, respiration, and full conditions such as battery metering, oxygen sensor status, and depth and location. Existing dive computers provide some situational awareness information to divers to ensure safety. Further, technologies do exist which transmits SCUBA and location information from a diver to the surface. However, to date, a system does not exist which provides a full compliment of biometric and SCUBA status awareness back and forth between the diver and the topside dive supervisor. Orbital’s proposed CSAS will fill this large gap in current military dive computers by providing critical real-time biometric data to both the diver and to the diving supervisor to aid in diver safety and performance. This Phase I SBIR program will focus on developing a sensor suite for monitoring, processing and transmitting important biometric and SCUBA status data. During Phase I, ORI will integrate two innovative biometric sensors platforms with commercially available dive computers to demonstrate vital signs and SCUBA status can be readily viewed and transmitted.

Ceebus Technologies, LLC
1221 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
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(303) 442-0512
Ted Noonan
SOCOM11-002       Awarded: 9/26/2011
Title:Combat Swimmer Situational Awareness Systems Integration Effort
Abstract:Ceebus Technologies is proposing a development plan to monitor diver vital biometric data and collect SCUBA status data, store the data, analyze and compare the data to normal, generate alerts or alarms if necessary, send the data to other underwater diver teammates and to a surface vessel. Sensors on the diver to monitor the biometric vitals will be investigated from the existing sensor market. If no suitable sensors are found that meet the specifications for sensitivity, reliability, pressure and water resistant, Ceebus will suggest a design. This data will be incorporated into the C3SA Underwater Diver Locator/Positioner. The C3SA will store and process this information. The data will be displayed on the C3SA display and on a diver full-face mask heads-up display. Ceebus plans to co-develop the heads-up display with one of the major facemask manufactures.

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
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(617) 500-4839
George Kiwada
SOCOM11-003       Awarded: 5/20/2011
Title:Combined Airframe and Power system for Extended Range (CAPER)
Abstract:Aurora Flight Sciences and Protonex Technology Corporation propose a research effort into a Combined Airframe and Power system for Extended Range (or “CAPER”) power system for air-launched Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS). The CAPER system is unique in that a fuel cell system and a SUAS will be designed together as a system, allowing design optimization to occur across the entire system. This is in contrast to past efforts, which have shoehorned existing fuel cell systems into existing SUAS designs, result in sub-optimal performance, albeit often better than battery-based performance. Designing an integrated power system for SUAS will result in mass savings which can be directly translated into higher fuel fraction and therefore greater range/endurance. Being able to optimize the design at the system level will also allow air-launched SUAS to meet difficult mission requirements while meeting constraints on packed volume and required power for flight.

Lynntech, Inc.
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South
College Station, TX 77845
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(979) 764-2200
Daniel Houy
SOCOM11-003       Awarded: 5/20/2011
Title:Advanced Power System for Air Launched Small Unmanned Aerial Systems
Abstract:The air-launched expendable Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS) under development by the Air Force can expand mission capabilities by extending the range of on-board sensors, tracking multiple targets, increasing target acquisition accuracy, and providing direct support for ground teams. Current state-of-the-art battery technology provides Group 1 SUAS with approximately 25-60 minutes of operational time. A mission endurance time of at least 4 hours is needed to make SUAS viable for multiple mission scenarios, and current battery power systems do not provide sufficient power and energy within the limited mass and volume required. In addition, the power solution must also provide safe operation while on board the aircraft or in storage. Lynntech proposes to develop an advanced fuel cell-hybrid power system to enable a long endurance SUAS. During the Phase I, Lynntech will design the power system, demonstrate the operation of a breadboard system, and plan the integration of the power system into a Group 1 SUAS. During the Phase II the power system will be integrated and tested with a Group 1 SUAS to provide a long endurance platform for the Air Force.

Integrated Solutions for Systems
4970 Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Huntsville, AL 35805
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(256) 468-0586
Charles DePlachett
SOCOM11-003       Awarded: 5/20/2011
Title:Novel Power System for Extended Endurance of Air Launched SUAS
Abstract:Tactical requirements for small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) are exceeding current capabilities in performance, reliability, maintainability, and supportability. Mission requirements such as endurance, power, acoustics and low altitude maneuverability and observability for air-launched SUAS are paramount. State of the art technology for Joint UAS Group 1 provides approximately 25-60 minutes of endurance with conventional lithium ion batteries. The Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has published endurance and cost goals, concept of operation, and environmental considerations for Group 1 air- launched SUAS. AFSOC highlights the need for increased endurance of at least four hours, despite operational and environmental challenges. The focus of this SBIR is to develop and demonstrate a novel power system integrated in an air-launched SUAS that provides additional power, meets the four hour endurance goal, and meets the environmental challenges. The expected result combines an ultra-compact, heavy-fuel-compliant turboalternator with integrally coupled generator and the accompanying fuel system, controls, power conditioning electronics and battery charging circuitry for an efficient and reliable power system that greatly increases the soldier’s operational and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability. The IS4S team brings together a highly qualified team with diverse knowledge and experience in SUAS, turbine-based systems, power systems and controls.

TDA Research, Inc.
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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(303) 261-1122
John Olson
SOCOM11-003       Awarded: 5/20/2011
Title:High Capacity Primary Battery for Expendable SUAS
Abstract:Air launched small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) are limited by the current use of lithium-ion batteries (~150 Wh/kg) for power. To obtain a 4 hour run time of Group 1 SUAS a new battery technology is needed. TDA Research has discovered a fundamentally new battery cathode chemistry for high capacity primary (non-rechargeable) batteries. The new material has an even higher theoretical capacity (3050 Wh/kg) than commercial CFx (2160 Wh/kg) cathode batteries. However, in contrast to the intrinsically hazardous and expensive synthesis needed to make CFx, our cathode can be made under relatively mild conditions. In our preliminary experiments we have achieved encouraging discharge capacities proving the feasibility of the new battery system. In addition, this new battery system will prove superior to lithium-ion batteries in safety, non-toxicity and cost.

Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71
Hanover, NH 03755
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(603) 643-3800
Michael G. Izenson
SOCOM11-003       Awarded: 5/20/2011
Title:Ultra-Compact Power System for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems
Abstract:Air-launched, small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) offer the potential for a tremendous increase in airborne sensing and ground support capability. However, breakthrough power technology is needed to enable these systems to reach their potential. We propose to develop a power system designed to meet the extremely challenging performance, operational, and environmental requirements for service on air-launched SUAS. The system comprises an innovative hydrogen generator combined with a PEM fuel cell. The proposed system is lightweight, compact, safe, and compatible with a wide range of environmental conditions. In Phase I we will prove the feasibility of our approach through laboratory demonstrations, design trade-off and optimization studies, and conceptual design. In Phase II we will produce a complete, prototype power system, integrate with a SUAS, and demonstrate air-launch capability.

NanoSonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136
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(540) 626-6266
Vince Baranauskas
SOCOM11-004       Awarded: 5/25/2011
Title:Airless HybridSil™ Combat Tires for Special Operations Vehicles
Abstract:The objective of this Phase I SBIR program is to develop and qualify next generation antiballistic airless tires that provide high speed off-road performance for Special Operations vehicles. The proposed tire technology will provide non-pneumatic antiballistic tires with terrain durability and ballistic resilience through the integration of NanoSonic’s HybridSil™ armor technology. This pioneering class of nanocomposite materials has independently validated resilience against 0.50 cal fragment simulating projectiles, buried C4 landmine explosives, and exceptional fire resistance. The proposed airless tire ensembles will employ HybridSil™ as a compliant, shock absorbing foam interlayer located between existing tire and wheel structures in place of pressurized inner tubes. Uniquely, the mechanical properties of NanoSonic’s HybridSil™ foam support will be tailored for ballistic survivability through multiple shear thickening defeat pathways, as well as provide a rapid self-healing mechanism to ensure negligible deterioration in road performance from ballistic and terrain threats. Further, optimized HybridSil™ foam interlayers will be tailored for rapid integration into existing tire manufacturing process and provide an order of magnitude weight reduction over current run-flat technologies. To facilitate rapid Phase III integration to Special Operations vehicles, NanoSonic has partnered with Goodyear for Phase I consultation and guidance efforts.

RESILIENT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
100 NORTH 72ND AVE
WAUSAU, WI 54401
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(715) 843-7028
MICHAEL TERCHA
SOCOM11-004       Awarded: 5/20/2011
Title:Improved Tire Technology for Special Operations Vehicles
Abstract:The objective of this proposal is to analyze existing patent-pending nonpneumatic tires (“NPTs”) to determine which designs and materials are best scalable across the full suite of the Family of Special Operations Vehicles Program. Resilient Technologies has produced functional NPT prototypes for Light Transportable All-Terrain Vehicles, and will apply the knowledge developed during the ATV NPT development in Phase 1 of this process to determine the scalability of multiple NPT designs.

American Engineering Group LLC
934 Grant Street, #101
Akron, OH 44311
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(330) 375-1975
Abraham Pannikottu
SOCOM11-004       Awarded: 5/24/2011
Title:Improved Tire Technology for Special Operations Vehicles
Abstract:American Engineering Group (AEG) and University of Akron (UA) will jointly study the feasibility of utilizing carbon-fiber multiple hoop technology at developing a zero-pressure tire-wheel system. AEG will conduct feasibility study to develop this technology to produce a high-speed, off-road tire that can survive terrain and ballistic threats. AEG will work with Goodyear Tire Company on manufacturing scalability of this technology. American Engineering Group’s preliminary design concept of the tire-wheel consists of a simple hoop tread design with central support on a single piece wheel. In turn, this combination gives a high level of adaptability and puncture proof operation in a variety of terrain while maintaining rolling resistance, ride, handling and other performance characteristics related to conventional pneumatic tires. This technology will eliminate the need for run-flat elastomer insert.A key to this unique design is the improved wheel and tread design that allows more efficient use of active suspension and differential military steering technology. AEG proposes to further study, optimize and develop this airless wheel-tire concept to ultimately achieve a rugged airless wheel-tire system. This design will be evaluated and optimized based on military standards regarding performance, durability, manufacturability, and weight.