Infoscitex Corporation and UtopiaCompression Corporation have SBIR project successes
Two SBIR success stories have been posted to the Publications section of this web site (see the Innovation success story folder).
Utilization of photovoltaics in the space environment requires the provision of coverglass materials to protect cells from corpuscular and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Infoscitex Corporation, located in Waltham, Massachusetts, tuned the optical transmittance of candidate glass materials to take advantage of the near-UV region at the beginning of life (BOL) and end of life (EOL) cycles. Infoscitex’s optimized glass formulation provides improved UV/Visible light transmissivity and resistance to radiation-induced darkening compared to currently used coverglass. The Infoscitex coverglass was flown on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Materials International Space Station Experiment-7 (MISSE-7) as part of the active solar cell experiment. Application of the Infoscitex coverglass technology on satellites in high radiation orbits could enable longer mission lifetime, more available power, and lower weight requirements for the power system. The AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate manages this SBIR project.
Under another SBIR project, the Air Force requirement was to develop a practical and effective approach to maneuverless range estimation using monocular passive electro-optical sensors for use in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Sense-and-Avoid systems. UtopiaCompression Corporation, located in Los Angeles, California, developed an analytically proven practical approach for maneuverless monocular passive range estimation, which represents a practical solution to this decades-old problem. Using this novel approach, accurate range estimates (~10 percent error) can be obtained for aircraft up to three nautical miles away without requiring any UAS maneuver. The maneuverless monocular passive ranging technology will have a transformational impact on integrating UAS in the National Airspace by removing a major technological barrier. This SBIR project is managed by the AFRL Sensors Directorate.