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24 Phase I Selections from the 12.3 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
Corvid Technologies, Inc.
145 Overhill Drive
Mooresville, NC 28117
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(256) 457-6764
Peter Woods
MDA12-028      Awarded: 4/10/2013
Title:Improved Target Discrimination of Multiple Targets Using Bulk Filtering for Debris
Abstract:Corvid Technologies in collaboration with Dynetics, Inc (“Dynetics”) is pleased to present the following proposal to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) SBIR solicitation MDA12-028 entitled Improved Target Discrimination of Multiple Targets Using Bulk Filtering for Debris. This proposal will demonstrate our plan to identify and evaluate signal processing techniques and algorithms that will minimize the system degradation caused by dense threat complexes, consisting of large numbers of uninteresting ballistic objects. We will discuss a Debris Bulk Filtering algorithm, we are currently developing, that will de-emphasize the non- threatening objects, allowing the MDA radar sensors to focus on the principal functions of acquiring, tracking, and discriminating the primary threat objects. We will evaluate the performance of this algorithm against multiple scenarios including cases where the primary threat objects are contained within debris originating from chuffing, separation, or intercept events.

Physical Optics Corporation
Information Technologies Division 1845 W. 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
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(310) 320-3088
Alireza Shapoury
MDA12-028      Awarded: 9/12/2013
Title:Preprocessing Method for Enhanced Aiming and Discrimination
Abstract:To address the MDA need to improve the performance of bulk filtering against nonthreatening flying objects, POC proposes to develop a new Preprocessing Method for Enhanced Aiming and Discrimination (PreMFEAD). This proposed technology is based on signal conditioning and statistical processing. The innovation in PreMFEAD will enable reliable and fast target acquisition, identification, and aiming, while performing target discrimination of multiple threatening and nonthreatening flying objects. As a result, this technology offers advantages not only in successful interception by rapid discrimination of explosive warheads from chuffing, deployment debris, and electronic countermeasure chaff, but also in increasing situational awareness by sifting nonthreatening clutter primitives out of radar signals, which directly address the MDA requirements. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of PreMFEAD by developing a new radar preprocessing system that is easily adaptable to a wide range of sensors (e.g., infrared) and applying it to simulated data. In Phase II, POC plans to further refine and optimize PreMFEAD to increase the system’s performance margins and demonstrate technology viability in a realistic environment using emulated data sets from multiple sensors. At the end of Phase II, the PreMFEAD system performance will be demonstrated in simulated cluttered and countermeasure combat environments.

Technology Focus LLC
P.O. Box 142
Covina, CA 91723
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(626) 253-1652
Paul L. Feintuch
MDA12-028      Awarded: 3/12/2013
Title:Improved Target Discrimination of Multiple Targets Using Bulk Filtering for Debris
Abstract:A processing approach is proposed for decluttering that does not require statistical characterization of clues to achieve a reduction in clutter. It is based on a non-parametric algorithm developed by TecFocus on Navy SBIR N00-008 Environmentally Insensitive Active Decluttering to address clutter rejection in an active sonar system. The MDA radar problem is quite similar. The algorithm provides reliable performance without tuning to clutter or environmental statistics. It therefore does not require large experimental data collection to set critical parameters, and does not degrade as a result of mismatch between assumed and actual conditions. It has been demonstrated on a Navy active sonar using selected clues relevant to ASW. The similarity of the processing structure of the X-band radar used by BMD to that of the sonar for which this processing was designed suggests that it could provide the same advantages to reduce clutter in the BMD mission. The question in the proposed effort is not whether the proposed processing works, but whether it can provide similar performance within the constraints of the BMD scenario. The objective is therefore to show the feasibility of tailoring the proven active sonar decluttering algorithm for application to the BMD radar.

Upstate Scientific
207 Winchester Dr
New Hartford, NY 13413
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(315) 527-2052
Richard Schneible
MDA12-028      Awarded: 3/12/2013
Title:Algorithm Development and Experimental Verification for Target Discrimination and Bulk Filtering of Debris
Abstract:The response of an object to a burst of electromagnetic energy consists of an early-time skin response (radar cross section or RCS) and late-time (target resonance or TR) returns. Measurements of these target characteristics may be integrated and exploited in the signal/data processor for suppression of non-threating targets such as debris and decoys, all prior to dedicated track processing, threat target discrimination/identification, intercept, and post intercept surveillance and track for damage assessment. The proposed program exploits and compares these two unique algorithmic approaches - target resonances (TRs) and radar cross-section covariance (CSC). Both of these approaches are based upon the underlying physics of electromagnetic (EM) scattering from exo-atmospheric objects: 1.) The TR frequency (or frequencies) of a resonant object depends directly on its shape and electrical size, 2.) For symmetrical objects (re-entry vehicles or RVs) a strong resonance occurs when the object size is exactly an integral number of wavelengths, 3.) Resonance frequencies are only function of the target shape and are aspect-angle independent, 4.) Signal amplitude of a TR frequency is only mildly aspect-angle dependent, 5.) For non- symmetrical objects, resonances are very low in amplitude (a significant indicator of the non- threating nature of the object.

Vadum
601 Hutton St STE 109
Raleigh, NC 27606
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(919) 341-8241
Eric Fails
MDA12-028      Awarded: 3/12/2013
Title:Feature Based Machine Leaning for Multiple Target Detection and Debris Mitigation
Abstract:In this research effort, Vadum will demonstrate the feasibility of a machine learning approach to address the problem of debris mitigation and improve multiple target discrimination. This algorithm is a very fast, highly accurate multi-class approach based upon the concepts of bagging (bootstrap aggregation), boosting and random subspace projection. This algorithm will allow for de-emphasis (probabilistic soft decisions) or suppression (hard decisions) of uninteresting scatterers, while maintaining ballistic missile target tracks within the BMDS (Ballistic Missile Defense System) threat environment. The approach inherently manages large data sets, high dimensionality, missing features and sample outliers while being cautious of over-fitting. The approach has been applied in the research areas of: malware/phishing/spam detection, ovarian cancer detection, protein interaction prediction, real-time human pose recognition and general feature selection. This proposal presents the novel application of this approach to ballistic target detection and debris mitigation.

Wavelet Technologies, Inc.
664 Pike Avenue
Attleboro, MA 02703
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(508) 222-6676
Robert Hohlfeld
MDA12-028      Awarded: 3/6/2013
Title:Improved Target Discrimination of Multiple Targets Using Bulk Filtering for Debris
Abstract:Wavelet Technologies, Inc. (WTI) proposes development of algorithms that process radar returns from dense threat complexes and attempt to discriminate between actual threats, countermeasures, and incidental debris generated from the rocket motor burnout and associated events. We term these objects collectively a Low Relative Velocity (LRV) debris field, in which the threat is embedded. Because practical radars cannot resolve objects in the LRV debris field, algorithms must operate only on range and Doppler data for determining the radar track. We propose to use expectation maximization (EM) algorithm that work on this basis to derive suitable object tracks without rejecting tracks for threats because a strict rejection threshold for tracks is not employed. These tracks will then be processed using a Bayesian classifier or a kernel Bayesian classifier to discriminate between threats and other objects in the LRV debris field. Simulations of this process will be conducted in Phase I using NASA’s orbital debris evolution program on modeled LRV debris. Radar observations will be taken at several simulated sites and combined in the tracking program to address data acquisition from multiple radar platforms.

Control Vision Inc.
PO Box 1547
Sahuarita, AZ 85629
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(208) 523-5506
Daniel Crawford
MDA12-029      Awarded: 3/12/2013
Title:Anchoring Post-Intercept Debris Prediction Tools
Abstract:The Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Lethality Program is seeking post-intercept debris data from hypervelocity missile impacts in an exoatmospheric environment for the development and verification of analytic debris models being developed by the MDA. Control Vision, Inc. proposes a stabilized, high-speed IR/visible Focal Plane Array sensor suite to provide high temporal resolution data of post-intercept debris field velocities and temperatures.

Corvid Technologies, Inc.
145 Overhill Drive
Mooresville, NC 28117
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(256) 457-6764
Peter Woods
MDA12-029      Awarded: 4/29/2013
Title:Anchoring Post-Intercept Debris Prediction Tools
Abstract:As MDA continues implementation of the Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA), robust operation of BMDS sensors within post-intercept debris environments will become more critical to successful operation of the larger BMDS. Due to a paucity of test data, development and performance testing of BMDS sensors in these dense debris environments must rely heavily on M&S capabilities. Several post-intercept debris prediction tools exist, although their ability to model high-velocity (>3 km/s) intercepts of complex threats and Non-Lethal Objects is not adequately vetted due to insufficient test data at these closing speeds. In order to fill this gap, flight test data at tactical closing speeds need to be better utilized for validation of M&S tools. Remote RF/IR sensor data collections are useful, but in situ data collections interrogating discrete debris pieces would provide more precise metric data for validation purposes. Here, we propose a debris tagging concept that would allow us to record essential data (e.g. velocity, size, temperature, etc.) for the largest target debris pieces created during these collisions. These data would then be used to validate post-intercept debris prediction tools in the phase space of interest for the BMDS.

Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
135 E. Ortega Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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(805) 966-3331
Barton Goldstein
MDA12-030      Awarded: 7/2/2013
Title:Detailed Lethality Assessments for Flight Test Events
Abstract:Defensive missiles are being developed to intercept reentry vehicles and tactical ballistic missiles before their conventional, chemical and nuclear warheads can reach their targets. Both hit-to-kill (HTK) interceptors and fragmentation warheads are being devised. The proposed R&D will develop an ultra-high speed framing camera that will photograph the last 100 microseconds before collision. Fifteen images of the collision will be taken in succession during the 100 microseconds with a resolution of 1 centimeter. By imaging the collision, the proposed ultra-high speed camera will directly record the physical properties in and around the warhead location to provide a definitive measure of the interceptor’s lethality. The proposed camera would also be valuable in the development of interceptors with the required accuracy.

Invocon, Inc.
19221 IH-45 South; Ste. 530
Conroe, TX 77385
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(281) 292-9903
Doug Heermann
MDA12-030      Awarded: 4/29/2013
Title:Hypervelocity Impact Damage Assessment
Abstract:Invocon, Inc. proposes the development and testing of a Hypervelocity Impact Damage Assessment system that can track the electrical charge dispersion created when a hypervelocity impact (HVI) occurs between two entities with a closing velocity greater than 1 km per second. This same system can measure the time of arrival (TOA) of the charge wave front at transducers placed throughout the vehicle. Using the known speed of light, minus the reactive effects of the skin of the vehicle on the “charge”, the system can calculate the exact point of impact. Further, the proposed system would capture the total Radio Frequency energy radiated and conducted from the HVI impact point as the charge wave front propagates throughout a structure. The radiated and conducted RF waveform signatures contain information as to the damage incurred as a result of the collision. The proposed system will collect, encode, and transmit the data needed to model the impact damage and project a visual simulation of the event to ground controllers and/or crew.

Capco Inc.
1328 Winters Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
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(970) 243-8480
Chris Williams
MDA12-031      Awarded: 3/1/2013
Title:Innovative designs for reliable Electro-Explosive Ordnance Devices
Abstract:Through the use of innovative energetic materials, Capco proposes to improve the reliability, shelf life, EMI hardening and performance of EED devices.

SEA CORP
62 Johnny Cake Hill Aquidneck Corporate Park
Middletown, RI 02842
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(401) 847-2260
Barry Holland
MDA12-031      Awarded: 5/13/2013
Title:Innovative Designs for Reliable Electro-Explosive Ordnance Devices
Abstract:America’s ballistic missile defense system provides the only means currently available to protect it, and its allies, from a catastrophic attach by nuclear or conventionally armed ballistic missiles. A critical component of that system is the Interceptor missile, which relies of a number of electro-explosive devices (EEDs) to perform reliably in order to successful carry out its mission. MDA is seeking ways to improve on the EED’s reliability and lower the failure or inadvertent activation rate of these devices. SEA CORP proposes that instead of improving on the EED design, that EEDs be replaced by COTS automotive airbag inflators to perform the required pneumatic functions. These inflators have a proven reliability record of greater than 99.9999% and are currently produced in the millions per year by a number of manufacturers on highly automated production lines under very strict quality control methods. Inflators have been successfully used by SEA CORP in a number of pneumatic applications to do mechanical work, so adaption to the specific devices required in the Interceptor missile is entirely feasible. Interface with the devices is a threaded fitting, and the same electrical circuits that are used to activate EEDs can be adapted to the inflators.

Tanner Research, Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Ave.
Monrovia, CA 91016
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(626) 471-9700
Amish Desai
MDA12-031      Awarded: 5/22/2013
Title:NexGen Electro-Explosive Ordnance Device with BIT
Abstract:The most reliable one-shot electro-explosive ordnance device (EED) available for initiating next generation (NexGen) insensitive energetics is thought to be an exploding foil initiator (EFI) detonator, also called a slapper detonator. Slapper detonators are similar to exploding bridgewire (EBW) detonators but less prone to failure because the exploding foil is physically separated from the NexGen insensitive explosive charge (e.g., insensitive HNS- 4). We propose to leverage our reliable TRL-7 Initiation Safety Device (ISD) technology developed with insensitive EFI detonator specifically for initiating gun-launched warheads or igniting solid rocket motors (SRM). This high voltage in-line ISD has Safe and Arm, and Arm-Fire logic capable of providing the built-in test (BIT) functionality required. Phase I research will focus on developing, implementing and demonstrating an EED with self-test logic in prototype hardware. That is, demonstrating a high voltage in-line EED as detonating initiator and/or deflagrating igniter with BIT functionality. The BIT can be overlaid on the existing Safe and Arm logic contained in the ISD and used to control Arm and Fire signal separation, identification, and critical event timing.

Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78733
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(512) 263-2101
Doyle Motes
MDA12-031      Awarded: 2/27/2013
Title:Innovative designs for reliable Electro-Explosive Ordnance Devices
Abstract:Issues with electro-explosive device (EED) initiators on interceptors have caused the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to investigate novel ideas to increase EED reliability. TRI/Austin proposes designing, fabricating, and testing novel electro-explosive devices utilizing magnetic saw initiators to increase reliability by incorporating a single point, insensitive failure mechanism. TRI/Austin will team with the Institute for Advanced Technology at the University of Texas at Austin, home to a world class pulsed power supply for prototype testing, and partner with Battelle, Inc. to develop a health monitor for the prototype. In Phase I, simulations and experiments will be conducted to develop magnetic saw bridges initiated with a specific electrical action and inherently insensitive to external stimuli. Specimens with and without artificial defects replicating reliability issues will be tested in Fire and No-Fire situations to examine the effects the defects cause. Discharge pressure will be recorded and matched to MDA specifications. Phase II will involve teaming with an EED manufacturer, evolving the laboratory initiator into a field-ready prototype, and developing a health monitor for the prototype. Research into magnetic saw initiators will develop insensitive, reliable, low cost EEDs for use in interceptors that ensure long service life, even after being in storage for years.

NanoSonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136
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(540) 626-6266
Jennifer Lalli
MDA12-032      Awarded: 3/25/2013
Title:Time-Temperature Superposition for Predicting Reliability of Age-Sensitive BMDS Parts
Abstract:The useful lifespan of emerging state-of-the-art materials, or legacy materials that remain dormant within complex missile systems for long periods, are often unknown when actual lifetime service data is not available. This leads to unreliability, limitations on advancing system technology, and unnecessary maintenance. In support of the MDA’s Stockpile Reliability Program, NanoSonic offers our expertise in developing master curves for viscoelastic BMDS components as a proven systematic approach to accelerated aging testing for long-term durability predictions. Arrhenius time-temperature superposition (TTS) measurements will be conducted to predict the service life for polymer materials and electronic parts within current missile systems. During Phase I, feasibility of predicting the shelf-life of polymer missile parts shall be established by conducting real time aging testing in conjunction with accelerated aging studies to build confidence in the TTS shift curve results. A systematic approach to documenting system status, predicting system failures, and determining expiration dates of inactive parts shall be conveyed to the MDA during Phase II. This approach shall then be utilized on complex payloads and verified relative to naturally aged components. TRL 9 shall be achieved upon successful reliability assessments that reduce unnecessary costly inspections of multifaceted military and commercial systems.

Physical Optics Corporation
Information Technologies Division 1845 W. 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
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(310) 320-3088
Sergey Sandomirsky
MDA12-032      Awarded: 3/5/2013
Title:Missile Accelerated Aging Assessment and Reliability Prediction Methodology
Abstract:To address the MDA need for methodologies for long-term missile aging assessment and reliability prediction for polymer materials and electronic parts, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Missile Accelerated Aging Assessment and Reliability Prediction (MA^3REP), based on thorough systematic analysis of existing age assessment technologies and reliability prediction methods with subsequent coupling of selected candidates to derive a cost-effective solution. The innovations in using a systematic approach for state-of-the-art technology analysis, missile aging assessment, reliability prediction, and integration with nondestructive testing and sensors are in full compliance with MDA requirements and will allow selection of an optimal suite of aging tests and reliability prediction methods relevant to extending shelf life of polymer and electronic parts of missiles. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the MA^3REP methodology by constructing a prototype based on identification of proven technologies suitable for cost- effective coupling of age acceleration and advanced reliability assessment. In Phase II, POC plans to demonstrate a prototype methodology by using a complex missile or payload component for verification of the approach.

Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78733
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(512) 263-2101
Rock Rushing
MDA12-032      Awarded: 2/27/2013
Title:Long-Term Missile Aging Assessment & Reliability Predictions for Polymer Materials and Electronic Parts
Abstract:Methods have been recently developed by TRI/Austin Inc. that permit accelerated life testing (ALT) exposures at lower temperatures which are more realistic and that reduce the risk of introducing failure mechanisms that are not representative of actual service conditions. The feasibility of using these methods for ALT of missile subsystems will be investigated by the research team assembled, which includes a major missile propulsion defense contractor. The techniques to be used in the Phase I effort will include the use of thermal and non- thermal accelerated environments for aging missile components and materials. In addition, new approaches for quantifying levels of remaining life in materials after aging in multi- stress environments will be evaluated. Unique data analysis procedures and mathematical models will be utilized to extrapolate the life data obtained under accelerated conditions to reliability performance for the materials under dormant storage conditions. While this Phase I feasibility study specifically targets one type of missile component, the test and analysis protocol will be versatile enough to deal with other missile subsystems. These technical objectives will support the goals of the Stockpile Reliability Program that relate to identification of trends in missile reliability.

M.R.Research
8003 South Corona Way
Centennial, CO 80122
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(303) 795-4353
Reinaldo Perez
MDA12-033      Awarded: 3/29/2013
Title:Cost Effective, Reliable Service Life Extension Testing of Ordnance Devices
Abstract:The MDA Stockpile Reliability Program for interceptor ordnance devices is deficient because there are not health monitoring and built-in tests of the electronic components and ordnances of such devices that can assess their reliability due to the exposure of such devices to lengthy periods of environmental effects. In order to compensate for these deficiencies a series of reliability engineering life extension testing techniques, functional testing of aged components, and analytical methods/tools could be use to increase the confidence level for the long term reliability of ordnance devices. Therefore, there is a need to develop technically sound and cost effective methods for life extension of ordnance devices. We plan the investigation of test methods and techniques already used by industry and/or presently under research for life extension of manufactured products or devices; and how such techniques can be applied to ordnance devices, and we plan the investigation of analytical tools used by industry and research institutions for the purpose of enhancing long term reliability of devices and how such analytical techniques can be used in ordnance devices.

Polymer Aging Concepts Inc
372 River Drive
Dahlonega, GA 30533
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(706) 864-6304
Kenneth Watkins
MDA12-033      Awarded: 3/21/2013
Title:Smart Shelf Life Tag for Ordnance Health Monitoring
Abstract:Polymer Aging Concepts, Inc. proposes to develop a “Smart Shelf Life” (SSL) tag which provides a low cost health monitoring system for ordnance based on a new condition monitoring sensor technology called AgeAlert™. The AgeAlert sensor in SSL labels comprises a conductive composite element made from a tiny portion of desensitized double base propellant and conductive fillers. The sensor responds to the tiny mass loss resulting from stabilizer depletion during aging by a resistance change in the sensor. SSL tags, integrating the AgeAlert sensor into a passive wireless transponder such as a passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag are bonded externally to the monitored ordnance item, ordnance casing or packaging so that the AgeAlert sensor “sees” the same thermal environment as the ordnance device propellant. No embedment of the sensor into the propellant is required, not are any electrical connections required to the ordnance device. A handheld wireless RFID reader provides electrical energy to the SSL tag, queries the sensor and calculates remaining life of the ordnance device by use of sensor-propellant correlation models developed by acceleration aging of sensors and propellant samples. The SSL tags will provide individual propellant aging data for ordnance reliability and service life extension programs.

Mercury Data Systems
4214 Beechwood Drive Suite 105
Greensboro, NC 27410
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(336) 294-2828
John Taylor
MDA12-034      Awarded: 5/6/2013
Title:Correlation identification and evaluation of new technologies or methodologies to accurately measure inertial movement in a stressing flight environme
Abstract:We will develop and test a novel, low SWAP-C IMU design that achieves navigation grade accuracy.

Physical Optics Corporation
Photonic Systems Division 1845 W. 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
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(310) 320-3088
Shelly Mechery
MDA12-034      Awarded: 3/25/2013
Title:Ultra-miniature Inertial Measurement Sensor
Abstract:To address the Missile Defense Agency’s need to accurately measure inertial movement in a stressing flight environment, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Miniature Inertial Measurement Sensor (MIMS). This proposed sensor is based on a solid- state accelerometer design with a semiconductor laser diode self-mixing interferometric technique and a microsphere gyroscope based on whispering gallery modes. Self-mixing interferometers and high-Q microresonators with whispering gallery modes are among POC’s mature technologies. We plan to combine these technologies to develop a less expensive and ultraminiature inertial measurement unit suitable for the flight environment. The innovative sensor design will enable fabrication of ultraminiature sensors capable of accurately measuring inertial movement. In Phase I, POC will test the feasibility of the proposed sensor system and carry out an experimental demonstration of sensor operation. In Phase II, POC plans to fabricate the full sensor system and proof of concept testing at government facilities.

Tanner Research, Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Ave.
Monrovia, CA 91016
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(626) 471-9700
Amish Desai
MDA12-034      Awarded: 5/24/2013
Title:Highly Elastic Sensors for High Shock Environments
Abstract:One advanced material found to survive high G-forces while making accurate inertial measurements is thermo plastic formed (TPF) Bulk Metallic Glass (BMG). Unlike MEMS- based silicon components which have historically shattered when used in higher-stress gun-launched applications, Tanner Research and Yale University successfully demonstrated BMG use as an alternative materials technology that survives gun-launch type shocks. BMG survivability has been demonstrated in the MEMS S&A device as an inertial sensing structure. The fact BMG is potentially useful in inertial measurement units (IMU) has been previously established at Tanner through the proof-of-concept accelerometer hardware highlighted in this proposal. The proposal is aimed at characterizing performance metrics for the inertial sensing ranges achieved by the MEMS combs fabricated in various BMG alloys.

Edward Pope Dr dba MATECH
31304 Via Colinas, Suite 102
Westlake Village, CA 91362
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(818) 991-8500
Thomas Rosengren
MDA12-035      Awarded: 3/6/2013
Title:Materials and Life Cycle Sustainability
Abstract:In this MDA Phase I SBIR program, MATECH proposes to demonstrate the life cycle sustainability of ultra-high temperature (UHT), very low erosion, carbon fiber zirconium oxy- carbide ceramic matrix composite (Cf-ZrOCm CMC), developed under prior MDA SBIR funding, for advanced aerostructures with integrated thermal protection systems (TPS). This Cf-ZrOCm CMC has demonstrated high temperature erosion resistance (arc jet, LHMEL), very large and complex low conductivity (< 2W/m-C), rain erosion survival (nylon bead at AMRDEC) and can be net shape formed into missile structure components, like the Strake leading edge (SLE), while reducing weight by 68% of the baseline Inconel part. In this Phase I, MATECH proposes to conduct material life cycle and sustainability evaluations to demonstrate Cf-ZrOCm CMC’s robustness to life cycle environmental exposures and performance in mission relevant conditions. In the subsequent Phase II program, should it be awarded, MATECH will complete a test matrix developed with our partners to meet PDR requirements and propose to conduct sled testing to validate hot erosion capabilities bringing this material to TRL5. This MDA Phase I proposal benefits from the active participation and support of Raytheon Missile Systems (Tucson, AZ) and Lockheed Martin Co. (Palmdale, CA).

NexGenSemi Corporation
27130A Paseo Espada, Suite 1405
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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(949) 340-7209
Michael Zani
MDA12-035      Awarded: 3/14/2013
Title:Materials and Life Cycle Sustainability
Abstract:NexGenSemi Corporation develops advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology for tomorrow’s leveraged electronics. The company is proposing the development of a novel layer-by-layer patterned growth from direct digital design for semiconductor electronics manufacturing. The material growth technology is a modified heterogeneous patterned nucleation deposition process which is key to manufacturing electronics in a single prototyping system. The novelty is a 10,000x manufacturing improvement rate leading to quick turn prototype and pilot production semiconductor manufacturing. The program has defined objectives and goals outlined to meet commercialization standards to successfully integrate the technology into industry