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27 Phase I Selections from the 11.3 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
GEOST, Inc.
7616 N. La Cholla Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85741
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(520) 575-8001
Michael Butterfield
N113-171      Awarded:2/6/2012
Title:Weaponized Heating of Ignited Plasma (WHIP)
Abstract:Geost and the University of Arizona propose to develop a non-lethal weapon system based on dual-pulse femtosecond-nanosecond generation of dense plasma sparks in air at range. In this approach, the femtosecond laser pulse creates a dilute plasma filament, location of which is controlled through the temporal chirping of the laser pulse. The subsequent application of a high-energy nanosecond laser pulse results in the seeded optical breakdown in the filament region. The creation of the dense plasma spark is accompanied by a bright flash of visible fluorescence and a loud audible signal, both of which will serve as non-lethal deterrents. In the final system design, both the femtosecond trigger and the nanosecond heater pulses will have retina-safe emission wavelengths. In this program, we will leverage our unique experience with experiments and computer simulations of femtosecond laser filamentation in transparent media and our capabilities in commercialization and weaponization of advanced optical concepts.

Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
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(310) 320-3088
Dmitry Starodubov
N113-171      Awarded:2/7/2012
Title:Ranged Eye-Safe Laser-Induced Flashbang Enabling System
Abstract:To address the Navy need for laser-induced plasma detonation (LIPD), Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Ranged Eye-Safe Laser-Induced Flashbang Enabling System (RESLIFE) with minimized risk of permanent damage or fatalities. This proposed system is based on a combination of two commercially available eye-safe pulsed laser systems, namely the picosecond Er laser and nanosecond Tm laser systems. With the innovation in dual-wavelength energy delivery to a desired location, the RESLIFE will precisely and independently control the light and acoustic effects of the detonation while providing substantially stronger visual and auditory deterrent compared to current LIPD systems. As a result, this system offers a strong deterrent comparable to existing flashbang systems that could also be pulse-rate controlled to deliver messages using eye-safe laser sources, which directly address the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program requirements for nonlethal effects on human targets. In Phase I, POC will show the feasibility of RESLIFE through analytical demonstration of dual-wavelength laser system modeling for laser- induced plasma detonation. In Phase II, POC plans to demonstrate a fully functional breadboard system operation capable of plasma production beyond 100 m.

RadiaBeam Technologies, LLC
1717 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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(310) 822-5845
Rodion Tikhoplav
N113-171      Awarded:2/3/2012
Title:Long Range Laser Induced Plasma
Abstract:RadiaBeam Technologies proposes to develop a non-lethal, long-range laser induced plasma system capable of producing outputs comparable to existing flashbang systems. The proposed Mid-Infrared Laser Induced Flashbang system (MILI-Flash) is based on a novel double-pulse scheme, where an ultra-short igniter pulse ionizes the air, followed by longer pulse that efficiently heats the plasma to produce the desired out-put. The laser system operates in a retina-safe wavelength range (1.4 to 2.3 µm), and is based on optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA).

C-2 Innovations, Inc
102 Peabody Dr
Stow, MA 01775
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(978) 298-5365
Mike Farinella
N113-172      Awarded:2/3/2012
Title:Innovative tie down- Pad Eye Grid System (PEGS)
Abstract:Broken stow on Navy ships represents significant lost opportunity for the war-fighter. Broken stow, is defined in the solicitation as the ‘ratio of unusable desk space to total deck space’ and is reported to be as high as 70% (1). A major contributor to broken deck space are the lashing/tie down requirements outlined in MIL-STD-209K. Significant break stow inefficiencies occur when heavy weather requirements have to be met. Currently the lack of adequate tools available to the commander to provide true understanding of survivability risk leaves the untenable choice of erring on the conservative side. Sophisticated fuel compensating systems are operated on a limited class of ships but the process is evolving slowly. ICODES, a software load planning tool, offers solutions for the full fleet by using ICDM and Artificial Intelligence principles however the process is still a study and thus far has proven time consuming (2). The resultant: The commander is now faced with a difficult choice with sparse data, compromise ship survivability or compromise the mission. The mission can be realized, albeit slower response, by requesting another ship. The current situation is expensive for the US Military but ultimately the correct choice for the commander is to maintain ship and crew safety. Pad Eye Grid System (PEGS) system is a system of deck rails that will retrofit to existing deck Pad Eyes. Break stow is reduced by offering load masters more tie down options in the right location and load sharing ability using pad eyes that are normally masked underneath stowage. The bottom face of the rail will have adjustable slide locking mechanism in anticipation of uneven pad eye grids. The top face of the rail will have pad eye geometries that are normally used on the ship and familiar to the crew. Fully engineered through both Phases the PEGS solution will provide the load master both more tie-down options with load sharing capability. Deck-fittings will have limits on how many provisions can be attached. The problem is both lack of physical space available within the fitting geometry and working load limits. The PEGS systems solution provides more tie down options on the deck and provides load sharing opportunities with unused pad-eyes will provide significantly more and better options for the load master.

NextGen Aeronautics
2780 Skypark Drive Suite 400
Torrance, CA 90505
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(310) 626-8383
GABRIEL MOLINA
N113-172      Awarded:2/3/2012
Title:Innovative tie down
Abstract:Current naval tie-down systems inhibit optimal use of deck space in Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) which limit vehicle and cargo able to be transported, thus affecting our warfighters. The tie downs are limited in the range of placement from deck fitting to vehicle tie-down provision due to current hook deck attachment and lashing weight. Our proposed solution lowers broken stow by allowing more freedom of placement of vehicles and cargo regardless of size, while meeting heavy weather requirements. One innovation in our solution lies in the Deck Fitting Adapter which attaches to the deck without modifying attachment points in such a way as to prevent detachment due to any combination of operating loads and user handling. Another innovation in our solution is the Intelligent Tensioning Module which greatly increases operational ease even in the close vehicle proximity of a low broken stow deck arrangement.

Spencer Industries, Inc
80 Holmes Street
Belleville, NJ 07109
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(973) 751-2200
Martin Lawrence
N113-172      Awarded:2/3/2012
Title:Innovative tie down
Abstract:Design and demonstrate an innovative light weight, low maintenance tie-down system that meets heavy weather requirements for securing vehicles to the ship decks while reducing broken stow.

BlazeTech Corp.
29B Montvale Ave.
Woburn, MA 01801
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(781) 759-0700
Gangming Zhang
N113-173      Awarded:2/3/2012
Title:Desktop Software for First Order Approximations of the Effects of Blast and Ballistic Impact on Vehicles
Abstract:We propose engineering models and incorporate them into Excel spreadsheet to evaluate the effects of ballistic and blast loadings on vehicle armors. The models are developed in innovative ways and run fast but maintain first-order accuracy. The software can be used to screen the design solutions fast so that detailed finite element analysis are conducted when necessary. The software has a friendly interface and easy to use. The software will be expanded and validated by additional test data or detailed finite element analysis in Phase II.

SURVICE Engineering Company
4695 Millennium Drive
Belcamp, MD 21017
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(703) 221-7370
James Walbert
N113-173      Awarded:2/3/2012
Title:Desktop Software for First Order Approximations of the Effects of Blast and Ballistic Impact on Vehicles
Abstract:A fast, simple, desktop software tool that can predict, with a high degree of certainty, the effects of blast and ballistic events on ground combat vehicles is proposed. This effort builds upon past performance on and present work with advanced survivability algorithms to create a simple software interface that allows rapid user modeling and simulation to execute the necessary multiple iterations. Phase I efforts will focus on creating an integrated desktop software tool that will enable efficient calculation of (1) V50/VXX, and penetration effects of various projectiles in armor; (2) Crater dimensions from charge weight; (3) Pressure and impulse time histories for surface bursts; (4) Two dimensional blast forces with reflected pressure, impulse histories, and three dimensional plots and animations of the blast; (5) Exterior ballistics data; and (6) Plate deflection for homogenous materials, likelihood of plate fracture, and response of a virtual accelerometer anywhere within a modeled structure. Subsequent Phase II program efforts would optimize software performance, and verify and validate the desktop software using existing unclassified ballistic test data to specified performance levels.

Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
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(310) 320-3088
Hans-Peter Brecht
N113-174      Awarded:2/3/2012
Title:Tactical Olfactory Grenade
Abstract:To address the Navy’s need for a nonlethal malodorant weapon that can be dispersed from a 40-mm delivered munition, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Tactical Olfactory Grenade (TOG). This proposed TOG device is based on a DoD- developed malodorant that only stimulates the olfactory nerve system. The innovation will enable the TOG to spray a malodorant similar to tear gas, but within Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) limits, to disperse crowds and clear rooms. POC’s TOG will be available as a hand-thrown grenade or as 40-mm munition for use in the M203 grenade launcher. As a result, the TOG offers a malodorant munition that does not leak payload, despite transportation shock and military handling. Tests will establish what dosage will trigger olfactory nerve stimulation, without stimulating the trigeminal nervous system, which directly addresses acquisitions program requirements. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate feasibility of the TOG by determining the threshold at which trigeminal nerve activation occurs and testing the malodorant for optimal dosage to repel individuals from a 5 x 5 x 3 m room. In Phase II, POC plans to develop a mature TOG prototype, ready for Navy testing against highly and lightly motivated personnel.

Seacoast Science, Inc
2151 Las Palmas Drive Suite C
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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(760) 268-0083
Geoffrey Landis
N113-174      Awarded:2/3/2012
Title:The Development of a Malodorous Tactical Munition to Disperse Humans from an Enclosed Area
Abstract:This proposal addresses the need for newer and safer technologies to reduce human injuries or death during the use of non-lethal force in rooms, prison cells, ocean vessels or other enclosed areas to disperse people. In enclosed areas, modern riot control agents (RCAs) cannot readily escape and their ambient concentration and can often exceed their safety limit for human exposure and cause severe acute or chronic health problems. Thus, the development of newer, non-lethal RCAs in tactical munitions is warranted. The overall goal of this project is to develop malodorous munitions that are deployed in a sealed form- factor so that they can be delivered to specific locations to clear individuals from an enclosed space without causing adverse health effects. In Phase I (and Option) Seacoast will focus on three main tasks: (1) to determine the malodorous payload’s noxious concentration threshold to remove people from an enclosed area using the government’s malodorous formulation; (2) to determine the feasibility of using malodorants to remove individuals from enclosed spaces; and (3) to demonstrate that prototype form-factor munitions containing the malodorous payload can quickly remove people from an enclosed area without causing them acute negative health affects.

Epsilon Lambda Electronics Corp.
396 Fenton Lane Suite 601
West Chicago, IL 60185
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(630) 293-7118
Robert Knox
N113-175      Awarded:2/15/2012
Title:DUAL MODE PERCEPTION SYSTEM for SITUATIONAL AWARENESS and CONTACT DETECTION for UNMANNED SURFACE VEHICLES
Abstract:The US Navy requires deployment of a 360 degree field-of-view system for unmanned surface vehicles (USV) that provides situational awareness under unfavorable operating conditions. Proposed herein is a Dual Mode Perception System (DMPS) that: (1) Is compliant with Navigation Rule 5, (2) Provides situational awareness to an operator at a remote location and to an on-board automated command and control system, (3) Provides high resolution three dimensional object detection in the water surface, utilizing a dual mode sensor, thus ensuring excellent range resolution and cross range resolution, (4) Provides 360 degree coverage in horizontal plane and approximately 22.5 degrees coverage in the elevation plane, (5) Detects objects such as buoys, vessels, navigation markers and debris in the water. (6) Covers nine meters to two nautical miles, (7) Detects navigation lights, colors, and shapes on other vessels, and (8) Operates under all weather and environmental conditions including ability to tolerate motion under sea state 3 conditions, sea spray, direct sunlight and green water impacts. The Epsilon Lambda Electronics DMPS for USV situational awareness will consist of unique, all weather, dual mode sensor hardware, plus imaging and tracking and homing software algorithms to provide input to the USV navigation control system.

International Electronic Machines
850 River St.
Troy, NY 12180
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(518) 268-1636
Zack Mian
N113-175      Awarded:2/23/2012
Title:Optical Perception System for Situational Awareness and Contact Detection for Unmanned Surface Vessels
Abstract:Naval USVs have a pressing need for constant panoramic situational awareness. International Electronic Machines (IEM), a leader in multispectral imaging and smart video processing, will design the Smart Integrated Situational Awareness System (SISAS), based on patented and unique panoramic imaging technology, patented and patent-pending multispectral smart image processing technologies and methods, and leveraging prior unmanned vehicle design and situational awareness work for the U.S. Marine Corps. SISAS will provide constant 360-degree coverage of the entire seascape using a multispectral imaging system with no moving components to wear out, sealed to prevent any effect from water, salt, dust, etc., onboard processing of the images for target detection and to determine characteristics such as range, bearing, speed, height to width ratio and size, onboard stabilization subsystem, ability to take direction from remote or other onboard systems to “zoom in” on targets of interest, and transmit appropriate data to other onboard systems for use there or by remote observers as desired. IEM will be assisted in this effort by ASE Optics, a leading consulting firm in the optical field which has assisted IEM in the past with numerous advanced optical design projects.

UtopiaCompression, Corporation
11150 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 820
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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(310) 473-1500
Hieu Nguyen
N113-175      Awarded:2/15/2012
Title:An Intelligent Visual Sensing System for Unmanned Surface Vessels
Abstract:Optical perception is essential for USVs to accomplish its diverse range of missions while working autonomously on the surface of water. USVs should have the abilities of automatically seeing and avoiding obstacles all as recognizing navigation lights and day shapes in other vessels. The current technologies lack the ability to satisfactorily capture images and process the digital data and fail to meet performance requirements in terms of stabilization, coverage, range and obstacle detection. UtopiaCompression proposes an innovative Intelligent Visual Sensing (IVS) system that involves a panoramic camera and associated hardware and software components for supporting automatic contact detection and situational awareness for USVs. The camera provides a contiguous 360 degree field of view with uniform high resolution and image quality that is seamless, artifact-free, distortion- free and blur-free. We also develop system capabilities for stabilization, contact detection, navigation aid recognition, and range estimation. The system will have low size, weight and power (SWaP).

Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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(617) 491-3474
Wayne Thornton
N113-176      Awarded:2/15/2012
Title:CAT Learning Algorithm Workbench (CLAW)
Abstract:Current countermeasure anti-torpedo (CAT) systems use explicit logic to direct intercepts resulting in an inability to adapt to the complexities of the stochastic marine environment. The CAT Learning Algorithm Workbench (CLAW) is an analytical research testbed capable of comparing the effectiveness of different machine learning approaches to optimize and automate anti-torpedo fire control and develop criteria concepts for discriminating among them. By applying recent developments in intelligent algorithms to existing simulations and models in the program of record using an instrumented test environment, investigators can identify the most promising designs for using adaptive learning in the Torpedo Warning System. The benefit of the approach is to harden battle group defenses against torpedo salvos by finding optimal fire control solutions and automating the launch decision process.

Metron, Inc.
1818 Library Street Suite 600
Reston, VA 20190
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(619) 727-4113
Lauren Klak
N113-176      Awarded:2/15/2012
Title:Multi-Target High Probability of Kill Weapons Engagement - MP 129-11
Abstract:The torpedo threat to U.S. and coalition naval forces is real and growing. Incorporating machine learning into the fire control piece for the Torpedo Warning System (TWS) can help to increase the probability of kill for the large number of possible torpedo threats. Metron, Inc. proposes a unique solution using a machine learning algorithm to provide better performance across a wider solution space than the current program-of-record approach. One of the primary machine learning approache are considering is the use of the approximate dynamic programming (DP) algorithm. The goal of our algorithm is to maximize the probability of kill in a setting with multiple concurrent hostile torpedoes. The stochastic disturbance in the algorithm will take the form of a Gaussian Process Model with squared exponential covariance, accounting for the dynamic and uncertain information surrounding TWS. For the Phase I Option, Metron will produce a design to integrate the machine learning algorithm into the Naval Simulation System (NSS) to demonstrate our technology. Finally, Metron will run several simulations and gather metrics such as probability of kill and probability of false alarm for Countermeasure Anti-Torpedoes (CATs).

Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle Suite 400
Roanoke, VA 24016
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(434) 220-9443
Jeffrey Demo
N113-177      Awarded:5/1/2012
Title:Battery Management System for Monitoring and Diagnostics of Energy Storage Modules
Abstract:As energy requirements grow with continued advancement of the Navy’s electric ships, the role of efficient, reliable energy storage systems becomes more and more critical in the execution of naval operations. The use of advanced electrical systems onboard Navy ships enables enhanced functionality, increased fuel savings, and reduced dependence on conventional fuel sources. Although energy storage technologies have advanced significantly in the previous decades, the ability to monitor these systems, diagnose failures, and predict remaining useful life has not progressed at the same rate as the storage systems. As such, in order to allow Navy ships to perform advanced diagnostics on existing and future energy storage systems, Luna proposes the development of an electro-impedance spectroscopy based battery monitoring system (BMS) to autonomously identify energy storage type, determine system state of health, and adjust operational parameters to ensure optimal system usage. The proposed BMS will employ open architecture design principles, be adaptable to a wide range of energy storage technologies, and be easily integrated into existing and future naval platforms. The system’s embedded intelligence will allow for advanced algorithms to be executed on platform, providing for the highest level of accuracy, repeatability, and reliability in energy storage module monitoring.

TDA Research, Inc.
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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(303) 261-1122
John Olson
N113-177      Awarded:2/23/2012
Title:A Universal Battery Management System with Advanced Diagnostic Algorithms
Abstract:Electric ships and other Naval applications employing batteries (and ultracapacitors) for energy storage need a universal battery management system (BMS) that can diagnose device degradation and ensure safe operation. The Navy currently faces a difficult situation; where each energy storage device has a dedicated BMS, often with limited diagnostic abilities. TDA will develop a modular BMS with universal applicability to battery chemistries and pack size (voltage and capacity). The BMS will use our multivariate algorithms, which have demonstrated their ability to diagnose battery health and prevent unsafe operation.

TIAX LLC
35 Hartwell Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421
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(781) 879-1248
Chris McCoy
N113-177      Awarded:2/17/2012
Title:Battery Management, Monitoring and Diagnostic Device for Navy Energy Storage Modules
Abstract:TIAX will develop a flexible and comprehensive open architecture energy storage management platform that is broadly applicable to battery and capacitor-based energy storage systems up to at least 1000V, while simultaneously addressing serious safety concerns that have impeded fielding of lithium-ion in Navy applications. The novel system will employ novel technology for detection of internal short circuits, and novel algorithms for diagnostic and prognostic function that is superior to that delivered by current energy storage management systems.

Williams-Pyro,Inc.
200 Greenleaf St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
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(817) 872-1500
Matthew Ragsdale
N113-177      Awarded:2/15/2012
Title:Battery Management, Monitoring and Diagnostic Device for Navy Energy Storage Modules
Abstract:Williams-Pyro, Inc. proposes to develop a Smart Energy Management System (SEMS) capable of advanced battery state-of-health diagnostics without the dependence on previous battery data. This powerful state-of-health diagnostics, coupled with extensive safety parameters to prevent abuse and a distributed communications network, will provide complete conditional awareness of the battery system. None of the battery management systems used today have a true state-of-health diagnostic, but instead rely on meticulous records over time to track a battery’s decline. This log book dependence makes these systems sensitive to data loss and minor measurement errors that can build up over time; moreover, these systems are completely unable to predict accurate state-of-health without an adequately long battery history starting from first use, which completely breaks down if used batteries are ever moved. In contrast, Williams-Pyro will develop a neural network-based battery diagnostics system derived from an understanding of battery chemistry with no dependence on battery history. This technology will manage and diagnose the state-of-health of many different battery chemistries and even distinguish between them if needed, all while relying only on real-time data acquisition.

Yardney Technical Products, Inc.
82 Mechanic Street
Pawcatuck, CT 06379
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(860) 599-1100
Greg Moore
N113-177      Awarded:2/23/2012
Title:Battery Management, Monitoring and Diagnostic Device for Navy Energy Storage Modules
Abstract:Yardney Technical Products in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is proposing to progress development of an advanced monitoring system for batteries, provide a modular battery unit, and develop a system approach to monitor and control multiple power sources and loads. Battery monitoring will be advanced via a technique to determine the internal temperature of each cell in a battery, thereby providing an opportunity to detect if a cell is approaching initiation of thermal runaway. The system will balance various parallel power sources to maintain thermal control of each by providing an opportunity to take one that is detected to be in jeopardy offline. The modular battery design will provide a unit consisting of cells and a battery management system, having advanced monitoring and control capabilities, as a standalone unit, or readily capable of arranging in a parallel and/or series configuration to meet requirements. This proposal addresses an advanced system monitoring and control approach, and a battery whose benefit is not to address “how to fail safely,” but rather how to prevent failure by detecting the anomalous behavior of a cell well before it fails.

Research Associates of Syracuse
111 Dart Circle
Rome, NY 13441
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(315) 339-4800
Stan Driggs
N113-179      Awarded:2/15/2012
Title:Automated Radio Frequency (RF) Spectrum Management for Wideband Electronic Warfare (EW) Systems
Abstract:An adaptive, multi-faceted approach is developed for wideband spectrum recognition and management for dynamically (automatically) adapting the EW receiver architecture to tolerate and operate in the presence of large narrow- and wide-band interference. At RF, interference suppression (integrated with RF filtering and attenuation), reduces strong interference below the AD (and other components) saturation limits. High level RF signal detection predicts intermods and spurs enabling efficient cueing of measurement resources to reduce TOI impacted by false tuning. Adaptive bandwidth channelization and precision analysis are employed to maximize SNR and measurement quality. Knowledge of known interferers (i.e. own-ship radar and SATCOM) is employed.. Proven designs for Interference Detection and Characterization measure and report BOTH the signal and interference, maintaining high POI in the presence of interference for cases when time and frequency overlaps occur. The approach does not rely on an A/D technology, but rather on reconfigurable processing to enhance system performance and is also synergistic with adaptive beam forming methods.An architecture simulation (MATLABTM) is used to obtain performance estimates illustrating the efficacy of obtaining 100% signal POI, with the high dynamic range and spectral coverage required. Cost versus performance is characterized versus bandwidth, SNR, SIR, S(N+I)R or other key parameters.

Systems & Processes Engineering Corporation (SPEC)
6800 Burleson Road Building 320
Austin, TX 78744
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(512) 479-7732
William Hallidy
N113-179      Awarded:2/15/2012
Title:Programmable Automated Spectrum Management System (PASMS)
Abstract:Modern electronic warfare systems operate over very wide bandwidths of up to 40GHz. The goal of next generation wide band EW systems is to ensure 100% probability of intercept (POI) with high dynamic range in order to detect and classify signals of interest (SOI) in dense target environments while reducing size, weight, power (SWaP) and cost. To achieve this goal, an innovative wide band RF spectrum management architecture is needed to minimize interference. The proposed Programmable Automated Spectrum Management System (PASMS) provides Electronic Warfare (EW), Test & Evaluation and commercial customers with capabilities to quickly and cost effectively eliminate (digitally filter) undesired signals of interference from the operational environment. PASMS will allow systems like the AN/BLQ-10, AN/SLQ-32 and other EA/EP systems to ensure 100% POI, detection and classification in dense target environments while reducing SWaP and cost. This same technology can be directly applied to commercial test applications all as eliminate co- channel interference for cell sites and other communications installations. Many elements of PASMS are leverage from SPECs existing commercial ADEP digital processing products to reduce risk and ensure success of the program.

Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle Suite 400
Roanoke, VA 24016
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(540) 558-1696
Matthew Davis
N113-180      Awarded:5/1/2012
Title:Cylindrical Shell Health Monitoring and Hoop Strain Sensing System
Abstract:Luna Innovations is proposing to develop a fiber optic based strain measurement system designed specifically for the challenges associated with measuring the hoop strain on large cylindrical shells. Conventional approaches to this measurement require that multiple sensors be placed around a pressure vessel to get an accurate determination of the hoop strain and structural integrity of the vessel. These approaches require significant wiring, can be difficult to install, and their spatial resolution is a function of the number of gages leading to high cost. Luna’s innovative fiber optic system will enable a zeroth order hoop strain measurement that is capable of determining the AC and DC loads on large diameter structures for the purpose of modal analysis and structural health monitoring. During the Phase I development Luna will design, model, and demonstrate the ability to measure the hoop strain on a shell under differing vibrational loads. During Phase II the system will be optimized to determine the health of cylindrical vessels by refining algorithms, sensor design, and implementing improvements to the interrogation system. A Phase III development will transition the system into industry resulting in a product for use by the DoD and commercial partners.

OPTIPHASE, INC.
7652 HASKELL AVE
VAN NUYS, CA 91406
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(818) 782-0997
Ira Bush
N113-180      Awarded:2/15/2012
Title:Line-Distributed Hoop Strain Sensor
Abstract:A Phase I / Phase II success would open the door for a new “high fidelity” distributed line sensor with measurement and range capabilities exceeding most known structures. This will directly support Naval applications in physical test labs, leading to deployment on field assets. This technology will also be applicable to Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) where large strains and high dynamics are involved, as there is no known equivalent. Regarding the Dual-Use application of “interferometric interrogation” the field is also ripe and suited for immediate adoption. This SBIR development effort will significantly extend the capabilities existing commercial offerings, which are currently in use for a wide range of physical sensing applications.

SA Photonics, LLC
130 Knowles Drive Suite A
Los Gatos, CA 95032
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(415) 977-0553
Jim Coward
N113-180      Awarded:2/22/2012
Title:Line-Distributed Hoop Strain Sensor
Abstract:Vibrations of large objects can cause structural fatigue, cracks and even collapse. Therefore, it is important to monitor the vibrations of large valuable structures to ensure structural integrity. Current hoop strain sensing systems use a large number of point sensors such as accelerometers or fiber Bragg Gratings. These systems are complex, difficult to install, have high maintenance and require significant signal processing. Therefore, easy to install and low maintenance hoop strain sensing systems capable of measuring average circumference strain with very high sensitivity and dynamic range are needed. SA Photonics technologies have enabled the construction of high performance hoop-strain-sensing systems. SA Photonics will construct the system using our RIS, ND and SBE technologies. The hoop-strain-sensing system will have sensitivity down to nano- Epsilon and dynamic range over 80 dB. It will operate under wide temperature ranges, insensitive to vibration and EM interference. It will also be rugged and easy to install.

Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71
Hanover, NH 03755
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(603) 643-3800
Calman Gold
N113-181      Awarded:2/17/2012
Title:A Power Dense Modular Capacitor Charging Converter for Pulsed Power
Abstract:Industrial medium-voltage capacitor charging converters are currently limited in applicability for future Electromagnetic Rail Gun (EMRG) systems by low-power density, undesirable charging profiles, and incompatibility with shipboard DC voltages, liquid cooling, EMI, shock, and vibration requirements. A need exists to provide improved medium-voltage, power dense, and modular electronics to meet the electrical, environmental, and mission requirements of future combatant EMRG systems. In Phase I, we propose to design an innovative high-energy and power-dense modular capacitor charging topology for pulsed power systems. We will demonstrate feasibility by engineering analysis and simulation, and demonstrate a sub-scale working prototype. In Phase II, we will optimize the design for electrical performance, reliability, mechanical packaging, and compatibility with shipboard system installation requirements as a prerequisite to building and testing a full-scale prototype.

Diversified Technologies, Inc.
35 Wiggins Ave.
Bedford, MA 01730
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(781) 275-9444
Robert Phillips
N113-181      Awarded:2/15/2012
Title:Advanced Medium-Voltage, High-Power Charging Converter for Pulsed Power Applications
Abstract:Commercially available capacitor-charging supplies have power densities in the range of 200-300 kJ/s/m3, and are typically rated for a 30 kW average charging rate or less. Over 200 of these units would be needed to charge a 50 MJ bank in eight seconds, and would occupy a total volume of over 20 cubic meters - not including the mounting enclosures required for power connections, HV feeds, and cooling manifolds.Diversified Technologies, Inc. (DTI) currently produces the PowerMod series of high-voltage power supplies, producing output voltages from 10 kV to 200 kV from 480 VAC input power. These commercial power supplies provide some of the highest power densities available for a DC supply - up to 200 kW/m3. Our analysis shows that this design could be modified to support up to 400 kJ/s peak charging capability, and over 300 kW of average power. This existing power supply provides an optimal starting point for the charging Power Converter development proposed.