Twice Encrypted and Authentication Messaging (TEAM) is a device-independent software-based encryption capability supporting multi-cast that leverages approved capabilities for the protection of classified information developed by WPL, Inc. We are an engineering services and Research and Development (R&D) company founded in 1978 with extensive communications system and security engineering expertise. TEAM is targeted for the new Marine Air to Ground Task Force [MAGTF] Common Handheld (MCH) radio. TEAM’s implementation adds limited overhead on multi-cast networks thereby maximizing bandwidth efficiency. A laboratory demonstration of a proof of concept was completed in Phase 2 and we are looking at future technology demonstrations with operational users through MARCORSYSCOM. Our goal is to deploy our software capability as part of new/existing platform and provide licensing/training support for its use.
PEI, located south of Lincoln, Nebraska, specializes in composite design and manufacturing. To improve the fuel efficiency while also improving ride quality and water performance of Marine Corps amphibious vehicles, PEI has identified various metallic structures which can be redesigned using composite materials to reduce weight of propulsion/drive system parts by 30%, design a hydrodynamically shaped composite extendable bow vane (flap) and drag reducing stern flaps, and reduce corrosion maintenance efforts. Risk is already diminished through the completion of design and analysis of a composite torsion shaft, winding trials to evaluate ply-thickness and band density of various fibers and resins, and fabrication of a full-scale composite torsion bar. PEI plans to provide finished parts to the Marine Corps for installation during maintenance operations and the prime contractor during vehicle production.
Serving high-profile commercial companies such as Google, Facebook, Broadcom, and SES Networks and overseeing radio and satellite communication procurement efforts for DARPA and NASA, RKF specializes in wireless systems spanning hardware, systems, and software engineering for space-based, drone, and terrestrial communications. The Hybrid Open Transceiver new Advanced Integrated Line-of-Sight Equipment System (HOT nAILES) is a modernized line-of-sight radio frequency communications distribution system for VHF/UHF communications to/from shipboard platforms with improved performance and SWAP-C. Targeting the AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radio (DMR) as part of the FFG(X) development, where key system components/related parts have been analyzed for inclusion and TRL in the design. Partnership with a program of record is underway along with the large business prime for that program; company seeks inclusion in all future naval ship builds.
Metamagnetics designs and manufactures magnetic signal conditioning and antenna products. We recently developed a compact conformal very high frequency (VHF) / ultra-high frequency (UHF) azimuthal omnidirectional transmit/receive antenna. The antenna bandwidth is 350-700 MHz but can be scaled for other frequency bands. This antenna has a significantly lower profile (4”) than conventional dipole antennas (~16”) and can be mounted directly to a metallic surface while maintaining omnidirectional performance. The result is a significant reduction in visual signature with this antenna. The antenna can be mounted on the surface of platforms such as airplanes, Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Humvees, and man-packs. Our goal is to integrate this antenna into government and prime contractor communication systems to reduce their visual signature while maintaining performance.
Avionics systems require an increased range of processing elements, networks and peripheral devices with increased reliability and decreased costs. Inflexible hardware-based fault-tolerance is a significant life cycle cost. Reliable Platform Service (RPS) software provides superior fault resilience while utilizing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. Significant cost savings in hardware and faster lifecycle upgrading are achieved, keeping pace with commercial developments, all of which require extremely robust fault awareness and tolerance. RPS also permits dynamic fault tolerance over changing configurations and operating modes and is scalable/extensible to legacy or new systems. RPS fits into the Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) and Future Airborne Computing Environment (FACE) of avionics components. Our goal is to transition this technology into government and prime contractor systems to provide robust, affordable fault protection.
Current flight simulator displays don’t provide accurate depth cues at close proximity; Holochip solves this problem. For wide angle collimated displays and head-worn displays, correct accommodation and vergence cues are provided, eliminating the vergence-accommodation conflict and improving the user’s spatial awareness at close to far range operations (less than 10 ft to over 60 ft). This system can be integrated into chin, cargo hatch and out-the-window visual systems for fixed, rotary wing and vertical/short takeoff and landing aircraft simulators and other virtual reality platforms. The system has been prototyped and is currently being installed in an operational environment where it will be evaluated by pilots. Holochip specializes in providing advanced technology solutions to problems of critical importance within the fields of simulation-and-training and image sensing. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and prime contractor systems for facilitating simulation, training and operational display technology that improves the warfighter’s spatial awareness and effectiveness.
Improving shipboard landings in high sea state conditions for varying class of autonomous vehicles remains a constant challenge for the US Navy. Our modular solution provides a completely general framework with applicability to rotorcraft and fixed wing UAS operations. The system involves two primary components: 1) a predictive deck motion estimation (DME) algorithm, and 2) a swappable guidance and control algorithm. The framework has been flown and verified on multiple unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Systems Technology, Inc. has addressed the Navy shipboard approach and landing problem for both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft over its 60-year history through advanced flight control designs, handling qualities assessments, ship motion projection, and Improved Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (IFLOLS) stabilization. Our goal is to transition this technology by integrating our DME algorithm with prime contractor platforms existing guidance systems.
Ecological Advanced Support Interface Toolkit for Heads-Up Attention to Improve Warfighter Knowledge (EASI-HAWK) enables better spatial orientation through natural visual and auditory cues that extend beyond the foveal visual system; seamlessly transitioning pilots from aided to unaided vision. EASI-HAWK, an auxiliary toolkit, supports head-up displays (HUDs) and head-mounted displays (HMDs) under development for the F/A-18 and F-35 variants, enhancing pilot effectiveness. Charles River Analytics, a leading provider of innovative R&D solutions for increasingly complex and important human-systems challenges seeks integration with HUDs and HMDs and EASI-HAWK’s visualization display components with a number of military aircraft and land vehicles. The underlying display design principles provide benefits for guiding effective display criteria to support remotely piloted and pilot-optional aircraft, as well as augmented display devices for private and commercial pilots.
This technology enables surface ship Ka-band communications links with Low and Medium Earth Orbit (LEO/MEO) satellites by developing a radome-integrated Ka-band transmit antenna system for Commercial Broadband Antenna Program (CBSP). A radome integrated antenna system implemented with additively manufacture frequency selective surface (FSS) based radiating elements is developed; this approach enables the new Ka-band transmit capability while maintaining existing CBSP system functionality. SI2 Technologies (SI2) focuses on antenna and array systems, Frequency Selective Surfaces, structural honeycomb absorbers, flexible hybrid electronics and additive manufacturing in support of the Department of Defense. Targeted defense applications include existing radomes on surface ships and submarines. SI2’s prior work in antenna design and development is directly applicable to this task and mitigates development risk. SI2 is always looking for partners as the technology matures.
Casualty power is critical to sustainment of mission capabilities. There is currently no way to restore medium voltage direct current power to zones isolated by damage. Our technology will provide a safe, lightweight and affordable way to solve that problem. This modular system can be scaled to lower voltage direct current applications, significantly improving utility and safety. We demonstrated system technical feasibility and designed it to reduce personnel hazards while maintaining or increasing deployment speed compared to existing 450VAC systems. We bring portability and safety: a team of personnel composed of sailors of average size and strength can rig the system, in a worst case scenario, within 30 minutes. The system has safety features that do not exist in current US Navy casualty power systems.
Lynntech is developing practical all solid-state (PASS) batteries with enhanced safety and performance for military aircraft and other applications. Lynntech has significant experience developing advanced batteries. for military and commercial applications. PASS batteries utilize core-shell electrodes and high conductivity solid electrolytes. These features provide a clear competitive advantage over current Lithium batteries based on improved safety/abuse tolerance and cycle life, in addition to high energy and power densities. The F/A-18 & EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265) is an initial transition target as the sponsoring program office, while Air Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems Program Office (PMA-264) has shown interest to support efforts by the Electrical Power branch within NAWCAD to begin an assessment for the potential for a post-Phase II initiative. Lynntech has performed both lab-scale and scaled-up electrode/electrolyte preparations, including cell fabrication and evaluation, which demonstrated the capability of PASS batteries to meet the Navy’s requirements.
Founded in 2011, Storagenergy is passionate about developing energy technology and providing environmental solutions for difficult energy problems. Our major focus is energy; energy generation, energy storage, renewable energy systems and providing environmentally friendly solutions for serious energy issues. Currently, Storagenergy is developing an All Solid State Battery (ASSB) pack plus a Battery Management System (BMS) for Navy power applications on aircraft. Our transition targets are PMA 265 (F/A-18 Program Office) and AIR 4.0T (Chief Technology Office). Our goal is to continue development of our ultra-thin solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) that will eliminate the safety concerns of conventional Li-ion batteries specifically their highly flammable organic solvent electrolytes. To date, Storagenergy has perfected an ultra-thin (<30 µm) SPE membrane that promises to enhance our ASSB’s performance.
NAVAIR seeks to replace the current Landing Signal Officer Display System (LSODS) monitor and physical button design with a ruggedized touchscreen featuring a reconfigurable physical button-like haptic response. This project aims to create a LSODS haptic overlay touchscreen with tactile/haptic feedback built in that can be integrated to upgrade legacy systems and future rugged touchscreen designs. These haptic touchscreens will provide a simplified user interface, provide a method for users to verify they are hovering over an actual software button and to trust that their entries will be made whether they are distracted or wearing gloves. Suitable for integration into rugged screens used by the DOD and Industry, the software will allow designers to easily assign and manipulate haptic feel for user interface (UI) buttons/widgets to create truly scalable and customizable systems.
The CLIPBoard is a tablet-based ruggedized electronic replacement for the Navy’s paper-based supply management processes. Its embedded barcode scanner and ability to work away from “the cloud” provides transaction-based FIAR compliance even during disconnected logistics operations. Premier Solutions HI LLC (PSHI) has combined current system capabilities with Fleet and Sailor inputs to shape a sailor-oriented solution that exceeds operational requirements. The CLIPBoard is targeted for transition into NOSS (Naval Operational Supply System), the new USFFC and NAVWAR logistics management system currently under acquisition. The CLIPBoard’s connected and disconnected operations will free sailors and logistics operators from manual data entry while providing users and commanders with role-based up-to-date views of critical supply metrics wherever they go.
United States military personnel face many of the same health, wellness and readiness challenges as elite professional athletes and performers. 90% of military, non-combat musculoskeletal injuries are related to physical training. The Navy desires to maximize warrior readiness by monitoring human performance factors and provide training programs that increase performance and reduce the risk of injury. Based on the industry-leading CoachMePlus sports performance technology, Warrior Performance Platform (WP2tm) is a configurable tool that centralizes and analyzes nutrition, performance and recovery data and leverages wearable fitness device data to enable leadership to continuously evaluate, adjust and optimize unit and individual performance. For this initiative we will demonstrate the viability of the WP2tm platform to improve factors related to human performance while curtailing chronic overuse / stress-related injuries.
Current and future weapon systems place / will place highly variable, unpredictable demands on power systems and require increasingly energy-dense power supplies that are compact, lightweight and provide long service life without compromising safety. Bioenno Tech’s innovative, long calendar life/improved cycle life (> 6years / > 6,000 cycles vs today’s 2,000 cycles), Lithium-ion (Li-ion) solid-state battery (LiSSB) technology exceeds the energy density and power density thresholds of current systems over an increased range of operational temperatures – potentially eliminating fire hazards – enabling ultra-safe operations. Bioenno Tech is optimizing/scaling up battery designs, materials, processing and conducting prototype testing to validate that their LiSSB system is suitable for integration into Navy aircraft electrical systems and to demonstrate the safe and effective functionality of the system in an operational environment.
Maintaining operator skills on the Navy’s AN/SQQ-89A (V) 15 (SQQ-89) sonar system requires supervised training with instructor feedback. Creative Technologies Inc. ‘s (CTI) SQQ-89 Gamification Capability (SGC) will automate this with software combining three features. Experts train a machine learning (ML) expert module which measures student performance interpreted by a second ML module. A synthetic ocean, Just Add Water Simulation (JAWS), is used to create training scenarios. Phase II proof-of-concept prototypes have validated the ML technical approach. CTI specializes in serious game and ML algorithm development. SGC is intended for the SQQ-89 program of record. SGC modules can be used to measure performance in tactical systems and training aids; JAWS can serve as a simulation driver in a broad range of virtual environments throughout the DoD.
The Navy is looking for magnetic sensors compact enough to mount on unmanned vehicles (UV)s for signal intelligence applications. QUASAR Federal Systems (QFS) is offering a lightweight, low power, low magnetic signature, 3-axis fluxgate sensor for mounting on a UAS. QFS‘s expertise is the development, marketing, and sale of unique electromagnetic sensing technology. Many companies make fluxgate magnetometers, but only a few have sensitivity comparable to our technology, which is small enough to be attractive for UV applications. There are two key components - the compact sensors, which meet the Navy’s sensitivity and dynamic range requirements, and the low power, compact, 24-bit digitizer/processor. The likely transition path is forging a partnership with a larger defense contractor for system integration with QFS providing design and testing support.
The U.S. Navy must maintain and expand its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. Warfighter readiness is the linchpin of the Navy's ASW strategy, the complexity of the ASW domain necessitates time-consuming training, and practical experiences to transfer skills to the operational environment. An innovative training approach is needed to accelerate mastery and foster transfer of ASW skills. Tier 1 Performance Solutions' Transformation Accelerated through Redesign, Guidance, and Enhanced Training (TARGET) is comprised of two components: (1) a task-centered instructional design strategy for ASW education, and (2) a performance support tool to assist ASW instructors as they apply task-centered instructional design. The tool greatly expands the impact of our solution by allowing instructors to apply the task-centered learning approach to other ASW topics and throughout Navy schoolhouse training.
Charles River Analytics is a leading provider of innovative R&D solutions for increasingly complex and important human-systems challenges developed Blended Advanced Decision GUI Environment for Reasoning Support (BADGERS) enabling shipboard maintainers to rapidly analyze system status and predicted malfunctions, evaluate high-level mission impacts, and efficiently make maintenance decisions through intuitive and innovative data visualizations. BADGERS will help the execution of maintenance analysis, planning, and execution in the Navy community, including for complex, mission-critical systems such as Aegis Weapon System (AWS), the Operational Readiness Test System (ORTS) and the Integrated Condition Assessment System (ICAS) by combining an advanced ecological approach to supporting maintenance display visualization design. We seek to demonstrate its capabilities on the AEGIS deck and would entertain licensing BADGERS technology to lead system integrators (LSIs).
The Improved Skirt System for Air Cushion Vehicles (ACV) uses a new elastomer coating technique to create a strong, abrasion resistant textile to withstand extreme physical requirements. Materials Sciences LLC (MSC) is an engineering and manufacturing company focused on applying knowledge of material mechanics to create unique solutions. The skirt system for the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) sees perhaps the most extreme punishment of any coated fabric, resulting in high replacement costs and down-time. MSC’s approach uses an alternative coating method which enables high-performance textile designs that are incompatible with conventional techniques. The product has shown superior performance to the existing product. MSC is currently tooling up production capabilities to support the SSC integrator as a new material supplier for the skirt fabricator.
The Cognitive Reasoner for Electronic Warfare Systems (CREWS) applies artificial intelligence signal processing to quickly classify complex, highly agile threat signals based on functional characteristics learned from the observed, possibly incomplete, waveform data. Research Associates of Syracuse (RAS) provides innovative signal processing solutions to challenging Electronic Warfare/Electronic Intelligence (EW/ELINT) problems. Initial targeted applications are Block 2 and 3 versions of AN/SLQ-32. CREWS technology is expected to reduce significantly (or even eliminate) reliance on threat libraries for emitter classification, which lowers maintenance cost and improves threat awareness in complex emitter environments. Phase I demonstrated accurate performance of selected machine learning classifiers trained using limited real radar data. Phase II is developing and demonstrating a full cognitive processing prototype using more extensive radar threat datasets. RAS seeks prime contractor support to integrate CREWS software into EW systems.
To enable future compact, affordable, high-performance transmit/receive (T/R) modules, the Navy seeks to develop advanced, low SWaP-C, high-density capacitors for power conversion circuits for radar and electronic warfare transmitters. Among capacitor technologies available, multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are receiving the most attention. However, commercially available MLCC-based capacitors suffer from limitations such as low energy density, poor temperature stability and high power loss. To meet Navy requirements, Bioenno Tech is developing a compact, affordable, novel class of high energy density, low-power-loss MLCCs based on nanocomposite dielectrics that are thermally stable over a wide temperature range . These MLCCs will achieve at least a two-fold increase in energy storage density without compromising performance parameters such as internal impedance, voltage rating, leakage current or reliability.