Data Science Driven Aircrew Performance Measurement and Proficiency System
RAPID software is designed to be a common, single solution for automating performance assessment across all platforms, missions, and training environments (live, virtual-constructive, and distributed). Unlike other tools that only report “what” occurred, RAPID provides root cause analysis of “why” those outcomes occurred by evaluating the tactical level of execution in a way that links to mission outcomes. The methodology used is based on five years of analysis of training/resourcing policies and practices and will change the way that warfighting risk is assessed and reported. 2 Circle Inc. specializes in customer-focused system engineering, requirements definition, operational analysis, and program management.
Data Science Driven Aircrew Performance Measurement and Proficiency System
A-PuMPS helps make after-action reviews (AARs) of live missions timely and meaningful by filtering multi-modal sensor data around significant events and by providing debriefers a consolidated, synchronized view of different data streams comprehensively and understandably. A-PuMPS’ creator, Aptima, is a human-centered engineering company dedicated to augmenting human capabilities.
A-PuMPS presently targets live anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions of the P-8A, where timely and comprehensive AARs are uncommon. Provided the data of interest are accessible, A-PuMPS can be used meaningfully in any environment and on any technology platform (tablet, laptop, desktop, cloud), because its efficacy does not depend on integration (tight coupling) with any other system.
Enhanced data analytics and reporting are areas where additional funding would be beneficial.
Techniques to Adjust Computational Trends Involving Changing Data (TACTIC-D)
TACTIC-D is a “big data” analytics solution predicated on improving force proficiency and readiness despite changing tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs). TACTIC-D’s creator, Aptima, is a human-centered engineering company dedicated to augmenting human capabilities.
TACTIC-D uses probabilistic graphical models and machine learning to represent and determine the relationships between TTPs, performance measures, and knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs). This approach facilitates detection and understanding of changing tactical behaviors. Advanced data visualizations make the results of mathematical modeling understandable, facilitating identification of opportunities for training interventions, and helping decisionmakers understand the source of variability in their data.
Aptima seeks support for TACTIC-D to access multiple, diverse, and associated data sources (such as sensor readings and mission reports) that could inform measures of force proficiency and readiness.
High Power Ultra-Short Pulse Bulk Laser Amplifier at Eye Safer Wavelengths
Aqwest’s next-generation low SWAP-C blue laser sensors will feature 2x more efficient laser crystals and enable a significant improvement in Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR). These features enable the development of smaller, lighter, and less costly (low SWAP-C) sensors with reduced power draw from host platforms. Integration of Aqwest low SWAP-C technology enables the use of multiple classes of UAVs as host platforms - increasing operational capability and flexibility. Aqwest is a leading developer of breakthrough technologies in laser photonics for highly demanding civilian and Government applications. Aqwest has demonstrated key parameters of the blue laser in a laboratory environment. Aqwest seeks partnership(s) with a cognizant prime(s) to manufacture and/or integrate the blue laser sensor with the platform sensor suite and provide lifecycle support.
Predicting ambient noise is critical for tactical decision aids (TDAs) and simulated-stimulation (SIM/STIM) trainers. The Fleet requires a noise model with additional spatial and directional dependence; frequency range; sources of sound; and temporal statistics. The Fleet also requires a capability for forward-deployed noise modeling. ARiA, a research and development firm that brings together top-quality research scientists with system and software engineers, is developing the Multi-Dimensional Ambient Noise Model (MDANM) service-oriented architecture (SOA), along with algorithms and software, to support deployment into TDAs and SIM/STIM trainers. These capabilities include soundscape scene analysis tools to support population databases and use on forward-deployed platforms; deep generative models for compression and transmission to forward-deployed platforms and in-situ data assimilation; and directional-noise array-gain prediction tools.
Oceanography Tactics Training for Employment Readiness
Esail Cloud is a 3D acoustic modeling application developed by ARiA, a research and development firm that brings together top-quality research scientists with system and software engineers. Esail Cloud leverages accurate data to teach basic through advanced levels of tactical oceanography and integrates with learning management systems where scenarios can be practiced outside of scheduled simulation times. This allows more flexibility for those enlisted to learn and test their knowledge with or without instructors present. Simulating the acoustic environment offers a safe environment to test skills to ensure mission readiness. Learners can also revisit and relearn concepts. With excellent 3D acoustic modeling, Esail Cloud is an innovative and powerful tool for those who want the highest level of preparation and training with accurate acoustic modeling.
Rotorcraft Integrated Electro-Optic/Infrared (EO/IR) Plumes and Effects Signature Modeling
To counter advances in adversary technologies and ensure aircraft survivability and weapon lethality, ATA Engineering has created a software tool for predicting the influence of complex rotorcraft flows on aircraft electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) signatures. The Rotorcraft Advanced Signature Prediction (RASP) toolkit incorporates leading computational fluid dynamics and EO/IR modeling solvers in a modular, variable-fidelity framework for rotorcraft plume and signature analysis. The technology provides greater realism in computational EO/IR signature prediction by accounting for the interaction of rotorcraft downwash, engine plume asymmetry, full-body thermal state, and environmental effects. ATA delivers innovative simulation and testing solutions to DoD agencies and their contractors for mission-critical systems. Available at no cost to these customers, RASP’s multidisciplinary approach provides greatly improved accuracy of rotorcraft EO/IR signature prediction over existing methods.
Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates
Novel Nanosat Payloads for Naval Weather Needs
Monolithic sensors and spacecraft have dominated space for decades. New low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) small satellite compatible sensors offer rapid configuration, manufacturing, and low-cost space access. The ASTRA CubeSat Ocean Observing (CO2) sensor can be integrated with a variety of small spacecraft, and enables accurate sea-state vector wind measurements. The data from the measurements can be of great use for all DoD agencies, providing key real-time environmental weather information. A constellation of CO2 sensors would allow constant monitoring of ocean winds, at a much lower cost to orbit than previous methods. Other commercial industries, such as maritime cargo and oil shipping, could also greatly benefit from this data. ASTRA has a rich history with SBIR/STTR programs, and a Commercialization Achievement Index of 90.
The gearbox is designed for the NAVSEA Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC). The Lightweight Gearbox is designed utilizing advanced aerospace engineering and state-of-the-art materials. It will provide reliable gearbox operation over the thirty year life of the craft with no Time Between Overhaul (TBO) and minimal maintenance. A two-speed lift system gear train allows for fuel reduction and along with the lightweight design significantly reduces Operations and Sustainment costs. The AVX design has incorporated solutions to NAVSEA Lessons Learned from prior Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) and SSC Craft. The design team has brought previous design and sustainment knowledge from USMC V-22 and CH-53K drivetrain technology, where weight and reliability are critical, into the program to ensure success.
Risk-Based Unmanned Air System (UAS) Mission Path Planning Capability
The Autonomous Planning and Replanning (AutoPRep) tool plans safe and efficient routes by considering risk instead of treating airspace volumes as binary (okay/not-okay). AutoPRep weighs routing advantages and disadvantages by factoring population, land use, airspace, vehicle performance, failure modes and emergency procedures to estimate risk imposed by occupying any location in 3D airspace, resulting in safer and more efficient flight paths. Barron Associates is a research and development firm with nearly 40 years of experience developing intelligent modeling and control approaches for complex, safety-critical, and autonomous systems, and a history of successfully transitioning advanced technologies. Targeted platforms include MQ-4 Triton, MQ-25 Stingray, and MQ-8 Fire Scout. The goal is to produce as a stand-alone tool or integrate into government or prime contractor mission planning tools.
Bascom Hunter is developing a vapor cycle cooling system that provides a variable amount of cooling capacity at a high level of efficiency. The system provides for air cooling as well as liquid cooling flow loops. Our company specializes in compact Vapor Cycle Systems and efficient air movers for Thermal Management Solutions. These systems are designed for aircraft supplemental cooling and pod mounted cooling applications. Our sustained competitive advantage is achieved through the ability to operate the vapor cycle system over a wide range of cooling loads and maintain high operational efficiency. The system and compressor are being completed under SBIR funding. Our goal is to provide the PMA-299 Program Office a cooling system technology that can be integrated into their H60 Helicopter variants.
Plug-and-play Analytical Framework for Distributed Structured and Unstructured Data Sets for Condition Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+)
SEAS, a second generation digital platform, extends existing shipboard Energy C2 capabilities into a Plug-n-Play architecture. Using microservices and containerization, SEAS delivers highly targeted apps that leverage disparate data sources and algorithms to improve shipboard Situational Awareness and Decision Support. The initial target transition path to the Fleet is via NAVSEA’s GENISYS Program as an enhancement to the Shipboard Energy Assessment System. Of interest to the SHIPS AM Bridge Integration Program Office is the extension of SEAS operational readiness calculations beyond energy algorithms as this directly contributes to an enhanced digitally informed Bridge and Watchstander experience. Beacon, an award winning SBIR Success Story with multiple shipboard deployments of mission critical digital capabilities, is seeking partners interested in expanding these capabilities into new opportunities.
Beam Engineering for Advanced Measurements Company
Laser Periscope Detection
Timeliness of detection and recognition of threat periscopes is key to defending surface combatants from weapons launched from submarines. Our proposed gated imaging system with non-mechanically steering laser illuminator beam and gated imaging system, mounted on an airborne platform such as an MH-60 or P-8, will be capable of recognizing whether a possible periscope is actually a periscope within a time of less than a second provided a sufficiently accurate cue is available, for example from a search radar. The deployment of such a threat confirmation system will deter enemy submarine commanders from raising their attack periscope if they suspect such a U.S. Navy system is in operation in their vicinity.
Data Science Driven Aircrew Performance Measurement and Proficiency System
Aircrew Performance Assessment (APA) measures proficiency and quantifies readiness, allowing trending and assessments across the effects chain. Applying operational expertise, data science, and software engineering, APA is an innovative solution for evidence-based training to improve instructor efficiency and training quality. A Dynamic Performance Assessment Model (DPAM) provides tools for performance measurements and effects chain construction. DPAM is integrated as an extension of PMA-205's Next Generation Threat System's (NGTS) Analysis and Report Tool (ART), making it available in a variety of training systems. Human in the Loop (HITL) approaches reduce complexity of the implementation while limiting human input to objective aspects of the mission.
BGI is an innovative veteran-owned business, merging the expertise of engineers, data scientists, and operational analysts to provide innovations to the warfighter.
Novel Thermal Management Materials Technologies for High Power Naval Systems
Remove performance-limiting heat rapidly from deep within ever-denser, more-powerful electronics, and shielding, without adding size, weight, or short-circuits, even in high RF, via nanotube thermal fibers of strong/flexible ceramic, white-graphene, that can extend anywhere within circuit-packages without adding weight because, though they conduct heat, they can block electricity (and neutrons) … while transparent to wireless/RF and surviving extreme temperatures.
Early tests increase thermal conductivity of thermal interface materials 80% with less than 1% additional loading, even unaligned; newly-validated yarns (processes like Kevlar) will be aligned and woven for far more. A NASA Invention-of-the-Year spin-out with inventors from NASA and National Labs, now the global leader in dielectric nanotubes, we seek collaborators and investors with sophistication, and channels, in electronics, hypersonics, and materials with high-value thermal or radiation challenges.
Low Cost Persistent Environmental Measurement System
Boston Engineering’s free-floating Proteus profiler conducts daily programmable profiles down to 1,000 ft. and is the device to collect data – including turbidity measurements – to enhance anti-submarine warfare operations. Launched by hand (vessels of opportunity) or via launch tube (aircraft), Proteus provides optical irradiance (flux density) measurements for aerial ASW assets to increase precision through improved system calibration. Proteus provides a lower cost-per-data set and a lower overall deployment cost than competing solutions. Development benefited from Boston Engineering’s sonde/profiler patent library – including a low-cost variable buoyancy system – and sharing components with its MASED profiler. Proteus expands Boston Engineering’s portfolio of game-changing robotics, unmanned systems, and special equipment for challenging environments. Boston Engineering is interested in teammates and prime contractors for licensing, integration, and procurement of systems.
Boston Engineering’s SVP Sonde is an expendable, free floating sensor that executes multiple profiles inside the Mine Threat Area. Collecting sound velocity profile (SVP) data is critical to attaining accuracy from mine countermeasure sonar systems. Unlike other approaches, the SVP Sonde can deploy remotely at the point of need and provide over-the-horizon communications back to users. This increases operational efficiency and reduces the risk of collecting unusable data. Using Boston Engineering’s patented variable buoyancy system, the SVP Sonde executes multiple profiles at a low overall and low cost-per-profile to address ocean measurement requirements. SVP expands Boston Engineering’s portfolio of game-changing robotics, unmanned systems, and special equipment for challenging environments. Boston Engineering is interested in teammates and prime contractors for licensing, integration, and procurement of systems.
BTech has developed acoustic motion accelerometers for underwater hull and bow array applications that offer higher sensitivity and bandwidth which achieve better detection performance. BTech has developed this technology for use with hull and bow arrays of passive sensors for new submarines by leveraging its staff’s combined experience of over 60 years of technical achievement in underwater acoustic transducer designs. Through Phase II prototyping and testing BTech has verified the functionality and innovation of this highly acoustic motion sensor. Having unmatched expertise in transducer design innovations, BTech’s goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and prime contractor systems for improving detection capability.
BTech has developed an LPD/I (Low Probability Detection/Interception) Acoustic Modem that provides covert long-range broadband underwater communication. The modem is customizable, modularly designed, reconfigurable and cost-effective. BTech has developed this technology to enhance covert communication by leveraging its staff’s combined experience of over 60 years of technical achievement in underwater acoustic transducer designs. Intended applications include communications between mine countermeasure platforms but could be adapted for any underwater communications needs. The functionality and innovation of this acoustic modem has been verified through Phase II prototyping and testing. Having unmatched expertise in transducer design innovations, BTech’s goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and prime contractor systems for improving mission communication, control and covertness.
Prime Power System Development for Active Denial Technology (ADT) and High-Power Radio-Frequency (RF) Systems
Candent Technologies, a dynamic, lean engineering company focused on design, development, testing and production of advanced propulsion and power systems using gas turbines and small heavy fuel reciprocating engines, is developing a compact, lightweight, efficient, scalable 250kW turbine driven prime power source for Active Denial Technology (ADT) Non-Lethal Weapon (NLW) directed energy systems. Critical components have been tested, minimizing risk, while enabling achievement of the ADT size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements: reducing power system volume by 95 and weight by 85% while maintaining comparable fuel consumption to diesels. Our solution is also well suited for high energy lasers (HEL), mobile electric power; microgrid power; naval vessel auxiliary power and propulsion, as well as hybrid electric drive systems