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3 Phase I Selections from the 13.2 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
Mustang Technology Group, L.P.
6900 K Ave
Plano, TX 75074
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(972) 396-4428
Brad Van Eerden
AF132-001      Awarded: 10/21/2013
Title:Long-Life Data Transfer Device
Abstract: Mustang Technology Group, LP proposes an aggressive program of innovation research for the design of a rugged, open architecture, long-life data transfer device that will lower overall life cycle costs by avoiding future obsolescence. This proposed Phase I effort focuses on reviewing the current DTDs for commonalities and differences that will drive the design as well as a consolidation of DTD requirements including functional, COMSEC, EMCOM, anti-tamper, and environmental. Mustang's proposed solution comprises three parts: a Core Printed Circuit Board (with battery, memory module, and FPGA/Processor), Adapter PCB, and Protective Enclosure. The solid state memory technology selected will have both a long future and an open architecture. The FPGA-based Core and Adapter PCBs will be designed to support rapid migration to different USAF Data Transfer Units. The ruggedized enclosure will encapsulate the components, provide heat dissipation, and secure the data from tampering. Mustang will leverage recent experience in designing a similar, fully digital DTU/DTD system that achieves low life cycle costs through avoidance of technical obsolescence. BENEFIT: The US Air Force will see an immediate benefit of this research in the design and development of an open architecture solid state memory data transfer device that can replace existing, obsolete DTDs. The technology will allow the continued use of legacy Data Transfer Units while providing additional digital features such as data at rest encryption, fast zeroize, and anti-tamper. The encryption engine will support a variety of encryption algorithms based on the classification of the data – thus supporting a wide range of users and uses. This technology will reduce overall data transfer costs by extending the lifecycle of existing systems. The initial design will focus on adaptability to different data transfer units including the use of an Adapter PCB and a field programmable gate array. Adaptation to other DTUs varies in complexity but can be as simple as swapping out the interconnector. The commercialization of this enhanced, open architecture data transfer device will initially focus on the large number of data transfer devices in use in the US Air Force, but will quickly transition to the other Services. Similar devices are used for the transfer of operational programs for numerous ground-launched weapons as well as a limited number of industry applications. Once the initial prototype is operational (in Phase II), Mustang will focus marketing efforts on selling this technology to these government and industry organizations. A more interesting aspect of commercialization is the underlying technology itself. The innovation associated with a common, open architecture, memory interface built with a high speed FPGA and adaptable to both the connector and memory format, speed, and capacity has high value in both consumer and business domains. Specifically, Mustang is investigating the vaibility of a connercial product that consumers and businesses would grow to trust to proved access to their outdated memory modules. At the highest level, the USA will benefit from Mustang's innovative research and focus on commercialization through increased small business hiring and the resultant drop in unemployment rate and increase in payroll taxes.

Physical Optics Corporation
Products and Engineering Systems 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
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(310) 320-3088
John Buell
AF132-001      Awarded: 11/5/2013
Title:Digital Aircraft Data Storage System
Abstract: To address the Air Force’s need for an open systems architecture data transfer device, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes an innovative approach that will provide a solution that maintains compatibility with existing Mission Planning Equipment (MPE) and aircraft data recording sources. This approach immediately addresses MPE media obsolescence while providing a compatible solution with legacy aircraft. This solution lays the foundation for an option to execute a longer-term strategy that completes the avionics digital media and modernization of the data recording system. In Phase I, POC will investigate prioritized aircraft platforms identified by the USAF and analyze each selected platform with its currently deployed data transfer unit (DTU) and data transfer device (DTD), focusing on the interfaces between the DTD media and the DTU, then propose a form, fit, functional, and interface (F^3I) for legacy DTUs. This novel technical approach for digital storage media, called Digital Aircraft Data Storage (DADS), requires no aircraft harness rewiring. In Phase II, POC will develop and produce prototype units for a demonstration showing DADS compatibility on two aircraft platforms. This will include addressing several options for the DTU including: NSA Type-1 encryption, crash-survivable memory, and multiple independent level security (MILS) using a cross-domain solution. BENEFIT: DADS immediately addresses the Air Force’s near-term critical obsolescence issues with current aircraft data transfer devices that are based on analog technology, such as magnetic media, and older digital technology such as battery-backed RAM, by providing a digital media storage solution that is compatible with existing equipment. This approach gives the Air Force a low-risk strategy to mitigate immediate obsolescence issues and supports an optional path for longer-term growth to a fully modern digital storage solution.

Visionary Products Inc.
11814 S. Election Rd Suite 200
Draper, UT 84020
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(801) 260-4008
Paul Israelsen
AF132-001      Awarded: 10/28/2013
Title:Aircraft Mission Planning Equipment (MPE) Obsolescence
Abstract: A Universal Data Transfer Device (UDTD) is proposed which will standardize Data Transfer Devices used in various forms of aircraft. This proposal is for a Phase I effort that will investigate options for a new technology developing proposing new standard for digital, removable, ruggedized, plug compatible, upgradeable system with higher capacities than current systems and has the ability to address additional “digital only” features. Specific features to be added will be addressed in the investigation, but might include on-cartridge encryption and fast zeroize feature. VPI’s subcontractor, The Utah State University Research Foundation Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) has been contracted on several Data Transfer Device reader systems over the years, including current work on the ODD-EC system, which is a universal reader for LRU, MTDC, VDC, B52 and ADTC cartridges. These cartridges are used in USAF F16, F22, B52 and other aircraft. SDL has also contracted to develop readers for Navy SHARP and Marine ATARS sensors. Goals for this investigation will be to: • Reduce obsolescence • Minimize cost • All designs government owned • Maximize number of aircraft compatible with the UDTD • The UDTU will auto-configure • Allow similar workflow to current cartridges BENEFIT: A significant factor in VPI’s success is the integration of a variety of engineering emphasis into a self-sufficient team. These include: electrical engineers, computer engineers, mechanical engineers, production specialists, robotics engineers, RF engineers, and IT specialists. This broad specialty range allows us to undertake diverse and complicated projects successfully. The proposed technology fits with company objectives to sell technology that can be integrated with hardware in a variety of military applications. Our company’s mission is to deliver outstanding engineering services and to increase the offering of high quality products that fit within our design and development expertise, which includes robotic, sensor, imaging, and embedded system products. Benefits of the proposed solution include: • UDTD Physically adapted to different airframes by redesigning the outer shell • Electrically adapted to different airframes by changing code in the Interface Adapter FPGA • UDTD is erasable while not inserted in an aircraft or attached to a ground station. • Memory for the UDTD is solid state Flash, either in the form of a SSD or SD Flash card. • Both SSD and SD Flash are removable from the UDTD, allowing reading in a standard PC • UDTD can also be read using a USB cable attached to a PC.