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UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND

SBIR FY09.1 Proposal Submission

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is seeking small businesses with strong R&D capabilities to develop and commercialize technology to provide the Special Operations Forces enhanced training and equipment. Topics have been selected on their potential to transition to an acquisition program.


USSOCOM will only accept proposals for those topics stated in this solicitation. The USSOCOM Program Executive Officers (PEOs) responsible for the research and development in these specific areas initiated the topics and are responsible for the technical evaluation of the proposals. The Phase I and Phase II proposal evaluation factors are listed below. Each proposal must address each factor in order to be considered for an award. Phase I and Phase II funding is limited, therefore USSOCOM will select and fund only those proposals considered to be superior. USSOCOM may fund more than one proposal on a specific topic if the technical quality of the proposal is deemed superior, or it may fund no proposals on a topic.
Proposal Submission

Potential offerors must submit proposals in accordance with the DoD Program Solicitation at www.dodsbir.net/solicitation. A proposal must contain the following documents: a cover sheet, a technical proposal and a cost proposal. Offerors must complete the cost proposal using the cost proposal form posted on the USSOCOM section of the www.dodsbir.net/solicitation site. All firms shall include as part of the Phase I proposal transportation costs to travel to Tampa, Florida for two separate meetings. The first travel requirement shall be the Phase I kick-off meeting and the second travel requirement shall be for the Phase I out brief. (Note: individual topics may require these meetings to occur at another location. Please refer to the topic write up for a change in location.) The meetings shall take less than four hours and at least the Principal Investigator is required to attend both meetings. Notwithstanding the requirement for the Principal Investigator to attend both meetings, any other individual needed to discuss all aspects of the firm's approach to address the SBIR topic shall also attend the meetings.


All proposal information must be received electronically via the DOD SBIR/STTR Submission site. To submit, proceed to http://www.dodsbir.net/submission. Once registered, a firm must prepare (and update) their Company Commercialization Report Data, prepare (and edit) Proposal Cover Sheets, complete the Cost Proposal form, and upload corresponding Technical Proposal(s). The proposal submission, exclusive of the Company Commercialization Report, must not exceed 25 pages.
Paper copies will not be considered. A complete electronic submission is required for proposal evaluation. An electronic signature is not required on the proposal. The DoD SBIR/STTR Submission site will present a confirmation page when a technical proposal file upload has been received. The upload will be available for viewing on the site within an hour. It is in your best interest to review the upload to ensure the server received the complete, readable file.
For additional information about electronic proposal submission, including uploading your technical proposal, refer to the instructions in the solicitation and the on-line help area of the DoD SBIR/STTR Submission site, or call the DoD SBIR/STTR Help Desk at 1-866-SBIRHLP (1-866-724-7457).
Phase I

The maximum amount of SBIR funding for a USSOCOM Phase I award is $100,000, and the maximum time frame for a Phase I proposal is 6 months.


Phase II

USSOCOM may invite a Phase II proposal from any Phase I contractor, based on the results of the Phase I effort using the evaluation criteria below. A Phase II proposal is awarded with a period of performance of 24 months and for $750,000. USSOCOM may elect to increase the Phase II award amount when it is deemed to be in its best interest. Proposals should be based on realistic cost and time estimates, not on the maximum time (months) and dollars. In preparing the proposal, firms should consider that workload and operational tempo will preclude extensive access to government and military personnel beyond established periodic reviews.


USSOCOM does not participate in the Fast Track program and does not have a Phase II enhancement policy. In some cases, USSOCOM will assist the small business as necessary to further/transition the results of a Phase II.
Evaluation Criteria – Phase I & II

  1. The soundness, technical merit, and innovation of the proposed approach and its incremental progress toward topic or subtopic solution.




  1. The qualifications of the proposed principal/key investigators, supporting staff, and consultants. Qualifications include not only the ability to perform the research and development but also the ability to commercialize the results.




  1. The potential for commercial (Government or private sector) application and the benefits expected to accrue from this commercialization.

The three evaluation criteria are listed in order of importance. Criterion 1 comprises 50% of the points, criterion 2 comprises 30% of the points, and criterion 3 comprises 20% of the total points.


Site Visits

Site visits will not be permitted during the pre-release and open stages of the solicitation.


Security

All of the topics in the solicitation are UNCLASSIFIED and only UNCLASSIFIED proposals will be accepted.


Foreign Nationals

Reference Section 3.5.b (7), if you plan to employ NON-US Citizens in the performance of a USSOCOM SBIR contract, and identify those individuals in the appropriate section of your proposal.


Communications with USSOCOM

During the pre-release period of this solicitation, any technical inquiries must be submitted in writing through SOCOMSBIR@brtrc.com. All requests must include the topic number in the subject line of the e-mail. During the solicitation open period, all questions must be submitted through the SBIR Interactive Topic Information System (SITIS) at www.dodsbir.net/SITIS listed in section 1.5c of the program solicitation.


During the source selection period, e-mail is the only method of communication that will be used by the Government contracting officer to notify the submitter/proposer if they have or have not been selected for an award.


Source Selection

NOTICE: The offeror's attention is directed to the fact that Contractor consultants/advisors to the Government may review and provide support in proposal evaluations during source selection. Non-government advisors may have access to the offeror's proposals, may be utilized to review proposals, and may provide comments and recommendations to the Government's decision makers. They would not establish final assessments of risk, rate, or rank offerors' proposals. These advisors would be expressly prohibited from competing for SBIR awards. All advisors would be required to comply with Procurement Integrity Laws and would sign Non-Disclosure and Rules of Conduct/Conflict of Interest statements.


Inquiries concerning the SBIR Program should be addressed to Shawn.Martin@socom.mil.
SOCOM SBIR 091 Topic Index

SOCOM09-001 Novel Nanomaterials for Environmental Protection of Special Operations Divers

SOCOM09-002 Low Visibility Decoy Flare

SOCOM09-003 Geo And Ortho Rectified Video With Fused 3d Mapping, Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR), And Live Video Overlays

SOCOM09-004 Man Portable Hand Held Survey Device

SOCOM09-005 Compact, Efficient Motor Controllers with Active Noise Cancellation



SOCOM SBIR 091 Topic Descriptions

SOCOM09-001 TITLE: Novel Nanomaterials for Environmental Protection of Special Operations Divers


TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Materials/Processes, Human Systems
ACQUISITION PROGRAM: Naval Systems
OBJECTIVE: United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) requires Special Operations Forces (SOF) to operate in harsh environments for long durations. Special Operations divers must regularly withstand extreme cold temperatures while submerged. USSOCOM seeks to develop novel environmental protection for Special Operations divers utilizing nanomaterials to provide enhanced diver comfort, effectiveness, and expanded ability to operate in extremely cold environments.

DESCRIPTION: Recent advancements in nanotechnology have afforded material developers new tools to create multiphase, multifunctional materials. Disparate mechanical and thermal properties can now be combined in ways that were previously not possible to adapt to variable environmental conditions. These new materials (or system of materials) can enable superior environmental protection from extreme conditions typically faced by special operations divers. Novel multiphase materials will be pursued to develop an Environmental Protection System for special operations divers that optimizes the following parameters: 1) Percentage of air/gas to insulating material in the overall system; 2) Thermal conductivity of the insulating (non-gaseous) material; 3) Thickness and flexibility of the system (if multiple layers used); 4) Resulting buoyancy of system; 5) Resilience to compression (maintaining the thickness/standoff in z-axis to house insulating gas). An objective of the materials development is to develop dynamic thermal protection that can adapt to variable environments and diver activity levels.


PHASE I: Conduct a feasibility analysis on the fabrication of a novel multiphase nanomaterial optimized for diver insulation. Analysis should outline fabrication process, predicted thermal and mechanical performance, and integration into diving system. The baseline performance of the nanomaterials must exceed the thermal insulation for current state of the art insulating materials (~1.7 CLO for Thinsulate 400) while enabling a lower thermal performance under higher temperature environments (>90 degrees Fahrenheit). The feasibility analysis will also delineate the path from prototype/lab-scale fabrication to a scalable, commercially viable process.
Vendors shall submit a business plan for the commercialization of the technology developed under this topic. The Small Business Administration's web site www.sba.gov provides guidance, examples, and contact information for assistance.
All firms shall include as part of the Phase I proposal transportation costs to travel to Tampa, Florida for two separate meetings. The first travel requirement shall be the Phase I kick-off meeting and the second travel requirement shall be for the Phase I out brief. The meetings shall take less than four hours and at least the Principal Investigator is required to attend both meetings. Notwithstanding the requirement for the Principal Investigator to attend both meetings, any other individual needed to discuss all aspects of the firm's approach to address the Small Business Innovation Research topic shall also attend the meetings.
PHASE II: Fabricate prototype quantities of material and perform thermal and mechanical testing to validate performance. Deliverable in Phase II will be prototype material samples and test reports validating thermal/mechanical performance of the material.
PHASE III: Field novel material to provide enhanced thermal protection to special operations divers. Optimize material design for manufacture and produce material for military and civilian use. Possible applications for this technology span both the military and commercial arenas. The resultant materials and fabrication process will enable advances in both military and recreational diving as well as other environmental protection applications.
PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATION: In addition to the diving industry, insulation nanomaterial fabrics have numerous applications in the clothing industry for all cold weather applications.
REFERENCES:

1. http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/Thinsulate_Insulation/Homepage/AboutUs/WhatIsThinsulate/


2. http://www.dui-online.com/tech_thermal_guidelines.htm
KEYWORDS: Nanomaterials, Insulation, Thermal Protection, Underwater Materials, Multiphase, Thermal Conductivity

SOCOM09-002 TITLE: Low Visibility Decoy Flare


TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Air Platform, Sensors, Weapons
ACQUISITION PROGRAM: Rotary Wing
The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.
The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.
OBJECTIVE: Assess and identify innovative technologies, and/or advanced materials that emit an effective infra-red (IR) countermeasure in the desired IR spectrum range while minimizing detectable signatures in the visible light spectrum. Develop the initial technical design and supporting documentation for a low visibility decoy flare to be deployed from standard rotary wing aircraft flare dispensers.
This innovative, new low visibility decoy flare will address commonly used military IR guidance systems and performance parameters such as burn-rate and rise time while providing the lowest level of visibility, preferably a non-visible spectrum. The decoy flare should be compatible with commonly used impulse cartridges and commonly used rotary wing aircraft flare dispensers. The technical design should consider the standard battery of insensitive ammunition and environmental testing found in applicable Military Standards (MIL-STD) documents.
DESCRIPTION: Military aircraft are often exposed to attacks from munitions employing IR guidance systems but the deployment of current decoy flares during periods of darkness further expose aircraft and crews to additional danger since they emit visible energy that highlight the target aircraft’s position and increase its vulnerability to additional threats and attacks. Currently no technology exists to minimize or eliminate a decoy flare’s visible signature. This innovative new technology will provide our aircraft with enhanced countermeasures that significantly reduce this exposure.
The Low Visibility Decoy Flare Small Business Innovative Research Project (SBIR) will assess technological feasibility, and develop innovative technical approaches/designs, test articles, and low rate initial production (in Phase III) of a reduced visibility decoy flare suitable for final militarization and use on military rotary wing aircraft. The decoy flare design will address commonly used IR threats, be compatible with impulse cartridges and flare dispensers (1 inch X 1 inch X 8 inch flare dimension) currently used on rotary wing aircraft, and pass the standard battery of insensitive ammunition and environmental testing found in applicable Military Standards (MIL-STD) documents.
Technical performance design should address protection in the IR spectrum (Band I and Band IV). While providing IR protection, the decoy flare should offer the least possible visibility in the visible light spectrum. Zero visibility is the preferred objective. Technical performance design should strive for a rapid rise time and a long burn/illumination time in order to provide the best protection from IR guidance. The anticipated key technology risk is minimizing/eliminating visible emissions while maintaining effectiveness against IR threats.
Physical design should consider compatibility with currently used systems. It is highly desirable for the new technology to be compatible with the current aircraft dispensers such as the AN/ALE-47 flare dispenser to minimize the cost and time to transition of the technology to the warfighter.
Overall design specifications should allow for successful insensitive munitions and environmental testing in accordance with applicable MIL-STDS to support eventual militarization of the product.
PHASE I: Perform a technology feasibility assessment for an advanced reduced visibility decoy flare to be deployed from standard rotary wing aircraft flare dispensers. The goal of Phase I is to assess, identify, and/or develop innovative candidate technologies/materials to a Technology Readiness Level 3-4. Phase I will have 2 primary tasks; technical feasibility, and business planning.
Assess and identify innovative technologies, e.g., innovative/advanced materials that provide maximum protection in the desired IR spectrum while providing the least possible visibility in the visible light spectrum. As a minimum, the design should identify the expected level of IR protection, the expected level of visible light emissions, the expected rise time, and the expected flare burn time. Ideally, candidate technical approaches should be compatible with the current inventory of impulse cartridges and aircraft dispensers such as the AN/ALE-47 flare dispenser. Packaging design should support normally accepted shipping and storage procedures. All technical approaches/designs and performance estimates should be supported by technical documentation, developmental testing, and/or measured demonstration.
Vendors shall submit a business plan for the commercialization of the technology developed under this topic. The Small Business Administration's web site at www.sba.gov provides guidance, examples, and contact information for assistance.
All firms shall include as part of the Phase I proposal transportation costs to travel to Tampa, Florida for two separate meetings. The first travel requirement shall be the Phase I kick-off meeting and the second travel requirement shall be for the Phase I out brief. The meetings shall take less than four hours and at least the Principal Investigator is required to attend both meetings. Notwithstanding the requirement for the Principal Investigator to attend both meetings, any other individual needed to discuss all aspects of the firm's approach to address the Small Business Innovation Research topic shall also attend the meetings.
PHASE II: Continued development of test articles for developmental testing and initial form, fit, and function evaluation. Phase II will have 3 primary tasks; developmental testing, environmental testing, and business plan update.
Task I: Refine and further develop the Phase I design. Fabricate a limited number of prototypes to be used for developmental testing. Conduct laboratory verification testing of IR spectrum, visible spectrum, rise time, and burn time.
Task II: If applicable, analyze compatibility of the new decoy technology with currently fielded dispenser systems. Alternatively, demonstrate superiority of novel decoy and dispenser technology.
Task III will update the Phase I business plan as applicable and expand to include manufacturability and cost effectiveness of the proposed concept.
PHASE III: Conduct representative environmental testing in accordance with MIL-STD guidance to include leak test, drop test, jolt test, high temperature test (160F), cold temperature test (-65F), humidity test, altitude test, thermal shock, transportation vibration, salt fog test, and water immersion test.
Militarization will be funded under program efforts and conduct the applicable operational testing and system safety risk assessment to satisfy the appropriate Air Worthiness Release and implement full-scale production of the proposed materiel solution for use on rotary wing aircraft.

PHASE III DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: Dual development of military and FAA commercial specifications. Primarily aimed at FAA specific requirements for commercial aircraft. This technology has application to commercial aircraft protection without undue visible distraction for pilots.


Note: The prospective contractor(s) must be U.S. Owned and Operated with no Foreign Influence as defined by DOD 5220.22-M, National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual, unless acceptable mitigating procedures can and have been be implemented and approved by the Defense Security Service (DSS). The selected contractor and/or subcontractor must be able to acquire and maintain a secret level facility and Personnel Security Clearances, in order to perform on advanced phases of this contract as set forth by DSS and SOCOM in order to gain access to classified information pertaining to the national defense of the United States and its allies; this will be an inherent requirement. The selected company will be required to safeguard classified material IAW DoD 5220.22-M during the advance phases of this contract.
The prospective contractor must also adhere to the requirements set forth in the International Traffic 7 Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22CFR-120-130) in the use/placement on non-US citizens in the dissemination of ITAR controlled items and information.
REFERENCES:

1. MIL-STD-331B Environmental and Performance Tests for Fuze and Fuze Components.


2. MIL-STD-810E Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests.
3. MIL-STD-1904 Design and Test Requirements for Level A Ammunition Packaging.
KEYWORDS: Decoy, flare, flare dispenser, infra-red, insensitive ammunition, impulse cartridge, IR, Infrared countermeasures, IRCM

SOCOM09-003 TITLE: Geo And Ortho Rectified Video With Fused 3d Mapping, Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR), And Live Video Overlays


TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Information Systems, Sensors, Electronics
ACQUISITION PROGRAM: Information Systems
The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.
The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.
OBJECTIVE: Develop a net centric, open architecture, operating system independent video system capable of geo /ortho-rectifying Airborne Full Motion Video (FMV) with Light Detecting and Ranging (LIDAR) and Intelligence overlays using existing Commercial and Government off the Shelf (COTS & GOTS) navigational aids and three dimensional (3D) mapping applications in near real-time.
DESCRIPTION: Advances in net centric open system architectures are making possible the ability to accurately fuse 3D maps, LIDAR, and Intelligence overlays within a geo-/ortho-rectified video for broadcast. However, current fusion capabilities are limited to specific equipment configurations and have long post processing timelines. Innovative software engineering is required to develop an efficient, operating system independent, open architecture software solution that supports continuous, near real-time updating of the geo-/ortho-rectified with fused 3D mapping, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), and live video overlays and embedded overlays while maintaining viewpoint congruency. Viewpoint congruency means that whatever the live video feed is seeing, the mapping will display the exact viewpoint/angle in 3D. This adds complexity to the problem since maintaining the symmetry, accuracy, and field of regard between the live feed and a mapping application has not been done before. This proposal also requires the development of a robust computing solution with accompanying high end graphics solutions and mapping servers to host the fused capabilities of the various devices. Ideally, the end solution will be adaptable to all Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms regardless of sensor suite configuration and federation profile. Below is a listing of representative FMV sensors, navigation aids and 3D mapping applications in use today.
FMV Sensors

- MTS-A: Raytheon produced Electro Optic/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor with 7.5” aperture which holds approximately 60% of the market share within the ISR community. (GOTS)

- MTS-B: Raytheon produced EO/IR sensor with 12” aperture, predominantly used by MQ-9 Program (GOTS)

- MX-15: WESCAM produced EO/IR sensor with 7.5” aperture which holds approximately 30% of the current market share within the ISR community. (GOTS)


Navigation Aids

- H-764: Honeywell produced Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) Inertial Navigation System (INS)—(EGI). Offers three operational modes—pure inertial, GPS only or blended GPS/INS. (GOTS)

- LN 200: Northrop Grumman produced Fiber Optic Inertial Measurement Unit. (GOTS)

- LN 251: Northrop Grumman produced EGI. Offers three operational modes—pure inertial, GPS only or blended GPS/INS. (GOTS)

- StarFire: A highly accurate wide area differential GPS (DGPS) developed by John Deere.
3D Mapping

- Falcon View: A non-proprietary GOTS application developed by Georgia Tech for analyzing and displaying geographical data.

- Raptor: As an OS independent mapping program being developed and delivered as potential Falcon View replacement.

Note: The mapping solution must remain tied to Cursor on Target initiatives which will allow current Falcon View users to maintain visibility of the platform and sensor spies using legacy mapping solutions.


If successful, the end solution will become the cornerstone for commonality across ISR platforms, Assault Forces, and Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED). Its operating system independence and open architecture are key characteristics to achieving present and future Measurement and Signature Intelligence/Signal Intelligence (MASINT/SIGINT) system interoperability while mitigating the spiraling costs of redundancy across industry for FMV platforms and ground receiving stations.
PHASE I: Conduct feasibility study to determine innovative software design for creating geo-/ortho- rectified video with fused 3D mapping, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), and live video overlays in near real-time using existing COTS/GOTS/mature technology. Develop an overall system design based on the feasibility study findings that includes specifications of sensor accuracy, time/latency tolerances, protocol operations, size, weight, and power requirements.
Vendors shall submit a business plan for the commercialization of the technology developed under this topic. The Small Business Administration's web site at www.sba.gov provides guidance, examples, and contact information for assistance.
All firms shall include as part of the Phase I proposal transportation costs to travel to Tampa, Florida for two separate meetings. The first travel requirement shall be the Phase I kick-off meeting and the second travel requirement shall be for the Phase I out brief. The meetings shall take less than four hours and at least the Principal Investigator is required to attend both meetings. Notwithstanding the requirement for the Principal Investigator to attend both meetings, any other individual needed to discuss all aspects of the firm's approach to address the Small Business Innovation Research topic shall also attend the meetings.
PHASE II: Develop and demonstrate a prototype system which meets or exceeds relevant MIL-STDs on a rotary or fixed wing ISR platform using realistic testing scenarios as a basis of performance.
PHASE III: Conduct operational testing and evaluation of the system to include optimizing performance and completing productizing the design (design for manufacture).
PHASE III DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: This system could be used across all ISR platforms within DoD and law enforcement where accurate geo-location and FMV sensors are used to track or observe targets. Additionally, such a system could be used for mapping applications, commercial robotic vision systems, agriculture and environmental studies, and to augment civilian surveying equipment.
Note: The prospective contractor(s) must be U.S. Owned and Operated with no Foreign Influence as defined by DOD 5220.22-M, National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual, unless acceptable mitigating procedures can and have been be implemented and approved by the Defense Security Service (DSS). The selected contractor and/or subcontractor must be able to acquire and maintain a secret level facility and Personnel Security Clearances, in order to perform on advanced phases of this contract as set forth by DSS and SOCOM in order to gain access to classified information pertaining to the national defense of the United States and its allies; this will be an inherent requirement. The selected company will be required to safeguard classified material IAW DoD 5220.22-M during the advance phases of this contract.

The prospective contractor must also adhere to the requirements set forth in the International Traffic 7 Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22CFR-120-130) in the use/placement on non-US citizens in the dissemination of ITAR controlled items and information.


REFERENCES:

1. Delaure, B., et al. MEDUSA—A Wide Swath High Resolution Digital Camera For The Pegasus System, VITO/TAP—Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Remote Sensing Unit Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol, Belgium .


2. RaptorX Description with 7 key features, 1 page.
KEYWORDS: Sensors, video, DGPS, 3D mapping, video rectification, LIDAR, ISR, fusion

SOCOM09-004 TITLE: Man Portable Hand Held Survey Device


TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Information Systems, Sensors, Electronics
ACQUISITION PROGRAM: Information Systems
The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.
The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.
OBJECTIVE: Develop a single handheld wireless network survey tool to support measurements on WiMax, WCDMA, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, CDMAOne and GSM networks.
DESCRIPTION: There are many survey tools available today that support the collection and measurement of wireless network parameters. An example of such a system is the Nemo Outdoor Multi by Anite. This system is capable of collecting measurement results and geographical coordinates supporting WiMax, WCDMA, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, CDMAOne and GSM network protocols, among others. However, due to the wide variety of wireless network standards, the Nemo Outdoor requires a unique handset for each target network protocol. For example, to collect the network parameters of a CDMA20001xEV-DO network, a GSM network, and a WCDA network, the Nemo Outdoor requires three different handsets to interact with all three networks and a laptop computer to control the handsets. The ultimate goal of this project is to reduce the form factor of such a solution down to a single handset and no laptop.
The desired innovation is the integration of a single cellular handset’s hardware and software to interface with WiMax, WCDMA, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, CDMAOne and GSM networks. There is currently no single device on the market that can interact with all these network protocols. Such a handset would be comparable in size and weight to a typical hand-held cellular phone, such as a Nokia N-80 engineering handset. The system will be designed to provide a complete and detailed picture of the radio interface for network planning, rollout, tuning, verification, optimization and maintenance of WiMax, WCDMA, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, CDMAOne and GSM wireless networks on all commercially deployed radio frequencies worldwide. These cellular surveys will be saved in a format compatible with our existing survey mapping tools (the Anite company’s Rover and NEMO Outdoors .dt1 file format). The wireless network parameters required include the following, as a minimum:
General Cellular Parameters:

- Cellular System

- Location Area Code (LAC)

- Mobile Network Code/Mobile Country Code

- GPS Information: Status, Latitude, Longitude, Height, Distance, Velocity, Number of Satellites
GSM Parameters:

- Timing Advance

- RX Quality

- RX Level

- Channel, BSIC, and RX level for serving and neighbor channels

- Broadcast Allocation List

- Neighbor List

- Used Timeslots

- GSM Cell Information

- Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) parameters

- Absolute Radio Frequency Channel Number (ARFCN)
WCDMA Parameters

- Channel

- RRC State

- UMTS ARFCN

- Scrambling Code

- RSCP


- Ec/N0

- Cell RSSI

- LAC

- Neighbor List



- TX Power

- Pathloss

- RAT
WiMax

- SSID


- Channel Number

- RSSI


- Access Point MAC Address

- Application Throughput

- Security Mode
CDMAOne, CDMA2000 and CDMA 1xEV-DO

- Access Parameters

- Service Configuration Parameters

- Quick Paging Parameters

- Layer3 Messages

- Soft Handoff Parameters

- Serving Cell Information

- Power Control Parameters (Forward and Rear)

- Active, Candidate, and Neighbor Set Lists

- Serving Cell Parameters

- Physical Layer Parameters

- Call Information

PHASE I: Conduct a study to determine the feasibility of incorporating hardware and software into an innovative new single handheld survey device capable of interfacing with WiMax, WCDMA, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, CDMAOne and GSM wireless networks. The initial concept should propose the hardware and software development and integration effort and, at a minimum, result in a brassboard prototype in the form of a tool that, when linked to a laptop via cable/infrared (IR) port, would both display and save network survey information to the same laptop.
Vendors shall submit a business plan for the commercialization of the technology developed under this topic. The Small Business Administration's web site at www.sba.gov provides guidance, examples, and contact information for assistance.
All firms shall include as part of the Phase I proposal transportation costs to travel to Fayetteville, NC for two separate meetings. The first travel requirement shall be the Phase I kick-off meeting and the second travel requirement shall be for the Phase I out brief. The meetings shall take less than four hours and at least the Principal Investigator is required to attend both meetings. Notwithstanding the requirement for the Principal Investigator to attend both meetings, any other individual needed to discuss all aspects of the firm’s approach to address the Small Business Innovation Research topic shall also attend the meetings.
PHASE II: Phase II will develop a single, prototype system to be tested and demonstrated in a relevant environment. The Phase II effort will focus on miniaturization and continued innovative software/hardware development, and packaging of the device to result in a complete survey tool that resides within a handheld engineer handset. It would also be able to download survey data to a laptop via cable/IR port for information analysis.
PHASE III: Phase III will focus on further development of the system to include additional hardware or software development or optimization, further packaging as necessary, and productizing and fabrication of the system. Phase III will also provide the ability to hide and password protect this application in different handset form factors to lower the visibility of the process or activity.
Phase III DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: Significant commercial applications for this technology are anticipated for use in network surveying, analysis, and troubleshooting in the telecommunications industry.
KEYWORDS: Electronic Warfare, Survey, WiMax, WCDMA, UMTS, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, CDMAOne and GSM

SOCOM09-005 TITLE: Compact, Efficient Motor Controllers with Active Noise Cancellation


TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Ground/Sea Vehicles, Electronics
ACQUISITION PROGRAM: Naval Systems
The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.
The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.
OBJECTIVE: Develop and test an active noise cancellation system capable of being installed in light-weight, compact, low-power, and efficient motor controller systems. The system must meet safety requirements applicable for use by operators in a closed atmosphere.
DESCRIPTION: Most commercial motor controllers operate at relatively low frequencies (e.g. 60 Hz) that produce a detectable acoustic signature therefore driving the Navy to procure custom motor controllers operating at higher frequencies in order to reduce the acoustic signature. These custom controllers, however, have inadequate acoustic damping capabilities, are not sufficiently reliable and many of the components in these systems are becoming obsolete.
The intent of this topic is to develop innovative active noise cancellation technology that will eliminate or silence the acoustic signatures typically associated with today’s commercial motor controllers. Ideally this noise cancellation would be usable on any existing Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) motor controller (actively sense and cancel, for example) but due to the ambitious noise cancellation goals, and in order to reduce technical risk of this effort during Phase I and Phase II, the contractor will be allowed to choose an appropriate COTS controller to pair with their novel noise cancellation technology. Ideally, this effort will develop an acoustic silencing system that is compatible with any standard COTS type of motor controller, and can be easily installed, to automatically quiet the controller.

Desired system criteria include:

Weight: Less than 50 lbs (per controller)

Volume: Less than 9 cubic feet



Reliability: Greater than 2,000 hours Mean Time Between Failure.
Acoustic Signature: The noise reduction goal during Phase I of this effort is to reduce the standard configuration acoustic noise signature of the selected COTS motor controller by a minimum of 75%, once the active noise cancellation is initiated. During Phase II, the goal will be to reduce the signature by 90% from the standard configuration baseline. During Phase III, additional (classified) acoustic signature requirements may be provided to successful offeror.
Ease of Installation and Repair: The acoustic silencing system shall incorporate open architecture using commercial network and communications standards to the maximum extent possible to ensure ease of initial installation, and to provide for rapid replacement of individual components for repair or upgrade purposes.
For specific proof-of-concept testing during this SBIR effort, selection of a COTS thruster motor controller with the below characteristics would be most beneficial in reducing current technological risks that exist within our environment. Ideally, this effort will result in an acoustic silencing system compatible with any standard COTS motor controller.
Motor: The thruster motors to be driven by this COTS motor controller must deliver a minimum of 9 SHP at 675 RPM and 240 Volts. The motors must also deliver 70 ft-lb continuous torque between 615 and 650 RPM.
Controller: The chosen COTS controller should provide continuously adjustable, bidirectional speed control of the motor between a range of 15 RPM or less to the RPM associated with the 70 ft-lb continuous torque limit. The motor controller should be capable of limiting motor shaft velocity ripple to 6.7 RPM (1% of the 675 RPM) for any speed command. Velocity ripple shall be measured from average shaft RPM to peak shaft RPM for any specific RPM command signal.
The controller should respond to changes in speed command as small as 1 RPM. A control deadband is permissible between 15 RPM forward and 15 RPM reverse. The motor controller should be able to operate with a DC input voltage varying between 204 to 330 VDC, with a nominal voltage of 240 VDC. The speed command input to the motor controller is a +/- 10 VDC differential signal proportional to the desired shaft RPM. The motor controller should have a linear speed response to a 67.5 RPM/Volt speed command signal. The input impedance should be a minimum of 20 KOhm for each controller.
The controller should also provide the capability to be remotely enabled and disabled by closing a circuit (e.g. with a switch at a remote location). When disabled, the controller will remain powered up, but will not provide any current to the motor. As a goal, the response time from 0 to full forward or reverse should be 1 sec +/-100msec with a load inertia of 2.5 +/- 0.5 lb-ft^2.
To minimize input power and noise, the response time may be adjusted to a maximum of 5 seconds. Status indicators should be provided for monitoring the operation of the motor and motor controllers, including problems such as controller over temperature, over current, over voltage, under voltage, and loss of internal logic power supply. The controller should include protection against damage of the controller components due to a free-wheeling propeller on the motor.
The motor controller should have the capability to be liquid cooled by a cold plate. The motor controller should have a soft start feature that minimizes the initial current draw when the controller is first energized. The Mean Time Between Failure of the motor controllers should be at least 13,050 hours using a NSB environment MIL-HDBK-217F (or other similar commercial standard),and an operating temperature of 40 Degrees Celsius. The motor controllers should not require preventive maintenance any more frequently than every 90 days while operating. The design service life for the controller should be no less than 10 years.
All components of the proposed system that will reside inside the atmosphere of the vehicle/ship, as well as all electrical penetrations through the pressure hull, must meet the Scope of Certification requirements to be installed safely.
PHASE I: Conduct feasibility study of a potential system that incorporates active noise cancellation technology with existing COTS motor controllers. Develop a system design for active noise cancellation technology that can safely be used within enclosed atmospheres within the Scope of Certification boundary. Analyze and evaluate potential designs based on factors listed above, including accuracy, ease of installation and repair (design for repair), weight, reliability, power consumption, and noise reduction, in addition to the inherent safety of the device itself.
Vendors shall submit a business plan for the commercialization of the technology developed under this topic. The Small Business Administration’s web site www.sba.gov provides guidance, examples, and contact information for assistance.
All firms shall include as part of the Phase I proposal transportation costs to travel to Washington, DC for two separate meetings. The first travel requirement shall be the Phase I kick-off meeting and the second travel requirement shall be for the Phase I out brief. The meetings shall take less than three hours and at least the Principal Investigator is required to attend both meetings. Notwithstanding the requirement for the Principal Investigator to attend both meetings, any other individual needed to discuss all aspects of the firm’s approach to address the Small Business Innovation Research topic shall also attend the meetings.
PHASE II: Develop prototype system incorporating best features of potential designs evaluated during Phase I. Build prototype, and conduct proof-of-concept testing in a laboratory environment. Validate accuracy, efficiency and reliability of prototype system while operating in a simulated environment at varying loads.
PHASE III: Develop final Engineering Development Model (EDM) capable of being evaluated in a shipboard or a relevant environment. Note: The Navy may pursue shipboard testing onboard a submersible, depending on asset availability, at no additional cost to the contract. Conduct suitability analysis of the EDM system, including shock, vibration, acoustic signature and Scope of Certification testing for Navy Deep Submergence System use. Develop commercialization, and transition plans for full-scale shipboard implementation. Conduct operational testing and evaluation of the system at sea. Develop technical and user manuals, end-user training programs, logistics/ repair support plans, and troubleshooting and repair guides. Conduct initial end-user training and operator certification.
PHASE III DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: This technology would be applicable to other commercial and military submersible systems, such as UUV’s, AUV’s, and manned exploratory and combatant submersibles. The system also has the potential to be used on larger Navy submarines, and space applications. Other commercial applications of this technology could include quieting motors for use in auditoriums, theatres, and opera houses, or ambient noise cancellation in commercial or residential buildings.
Note: The prospective contractor(s) must be U.S. Owned and Operated with no Foreign Influence as defined by DOD 5220.22-M, National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual, unless acceptable mitigating procedures can and have been be implemented and approved by the Defense Security Service (DSS). The selected contractor and/or subcontractor must be able to acquire and maintain a secret level facility and Personnel Security Clearances, in order to perform on advanced phases of this contract as set forth by DSS and SOCOM in order to gain access to classified information pertaining to the national defense of the United States and its allies; this will be an inherent requirement. The selected company will be required to safeguard classified material IAW DoD 5220.22-M during the advanced phases of this contract.
The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.
REFERENCES:

  1. NAVSEAINST SS800-AG-MAN-010/P-9290 - System Certification Procedures and Criteria Manual for Deep Submergence Systems, Rev A.




  1. MIL-HDBK-217 – Reliability Prediction of Electronic Equipment.

KEYWORDS: active noise cancellation; motor controller; acoustic



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