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  • The Air Force and Creare, a small, New Hampshire-based business, developed a two-stage turbo-Brayton cryocooler that is expected to enhance operation of space-based infrared detectors. The resulting technology responds to Air Force requirements for improvements in performance of electro-optical space payloads by improving components of the cryocooling system. Managed by personnel at the Air Force Research Laboratory, the multi-phase Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program resulted in turbo-machine-based Brayton cryocoolers, which are ideal candidates for space-based infrared detectors because they are highly efficient, lightweight, vibration-free, multi-stage compatible and have long maintenance-free lifetimes. Read the full story as well as other program highlights on our News & Events page. 

Creare engineers test the 10 K cryocooler in a thermal vacuum chamber. The Air Force and New Hampshire-based business developed a two-staged turbo-Brayton cryocooler that is expected to enhance the operation of space-based infrared detectors. (Courtesy photo)

  • A new attitude control system developed by the Air Force and a small business offers improved capabilities for small space research satellites. The all-in-one unit provides satellite control and orientation capability and is ultimately expected to result in a low-cost platform for missions and rapid launches. The eXact Attitude Control Technology (XACT) is an attitude determination and control system, which was developed with funding from the Air Force SBIR program. This critical funding allowed Blue Canyon Technologies, a small business in Boulder, Colorado, to deliver the new system to the Air Force Research Laboratory this year. See the full story on our News & Events page. 

Blue Canyon Technologies employee Matthew Carton works on the eXact Attitude Control Technology (XACT) at their facility in Boulder, Colorado.  XACT is an all-in-one unit provides satellite control and orientation capability and is ultimately expected to result in a low-cost platform for missions and rapid launches. (Courtesy photo)

  • The Air Force SBIR/STTR program office is dedicated to meeting the goals of the program:
    • Stimulate technological innovation
    • Use small businesses to meet federal R/R&D needs
    • Foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses in technological innovation
    • Increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R/R&D
    Our expanding outreach activities to under-served states and disadvantaged businesses/individuals will be taking us to various states and small business events this year. Some of the locations you can expect to find us include Chicago, Albuquerque, Kansas City, New Orleans, Tulsa, Bozeman, Austin and, of course, Dayton. We will also participate in several online webinars with other DoD components. Our schedule is subject to change, so please contact us for current information on our planned outreach activities or to suggest an event for our consideration. 
  • The Dayton Daily News published a cover story on July 7 on Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) technology that was successfully commercialized. One of the great things about the Air Force SBIR program is that it helps small businesses find solutions that not only benefit the Air Force, but can benefit the public as well. This effort was looking to convert an immensely heavy antenna system into a portable system an airman could carry in a backpack. Read the story here. Also read how victims of Hurricane Sandy were helped by GATR

Solicitation status

See our Solicitation Schedule for information on Air Force solicitations. Also see the DoD Solicitations for instructions and additional guidance on topic selections for all of the military services.

The SBIR 15.1 and STTR 15.A solicitation topics will be pre-released by DoD on December 12.  The Air Force's topics for those solicitations may be pre-released on this site in mid-November.

The STTR 14.A solicitation is now closed. The Air Force typically notifies selectees within 90 days. For non-selected proposals the principle investigator or corporate official will be notified. If you are new to the Air Force SBIR/STTR program be sure to review the guidelines and other valuable information on our Phase I Awardee Training page in the Small Business section. We appreciate your feedback on this training:  If you have any comments or need further assistance, please send us an e-mail.

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