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Air Force, small business partnership yields blade health monitoring technology
Blade Diagnostics Corporation (BDC), of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has developed the SmartBlend System (SBS), a cost-saving and risk-mitigating technology for scanning engine rotor blades. The SBS performs a virtual engine vibration test on integrally bladed rotors and scans the edges of the blades to measure damage. BDC has earned more than $5 million in awards to further mature the technology. Read the full story, as well as other program highlights, on our News & Events page.
Blade Diagnostic Corporation owners Blair Echols and Jerry Griffin monitor performance of the SmartBlend integrated blade rotor and turbine rotor inspection system, which they designed and manufactured. (Courtesy photo)
Upcoming outreach events
In September, during what we are calling our Montana Roadshow, SBIR/STTR program manager David Sikora will visit several Western U.S. cities, meeting with small business owners and community leaders to discuss funding for high-risk projects that meet Air Force needs, intellectual property rights for the small business and Air Force assistance with transitioning or commercializing SBIR- and STTR-funded technology. The roadshow will take place September 22-26, visiting locations in Bozeman, Montana, Idaho Falls and Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City, Utah. 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, 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. You'll find more information on our News & Events page.
“Urban beat cop” surveillance system keeps military operators out of harm’s way
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation in Manassas, Virginia, developed an “urban beat cop” intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system, called Skate, with Small Business Innovation Research funding from the Air Force and Navy. The Skate system is portable, adaptable, and easily and quickly modified for more effective field use, making it an ideal technology to meet the demands of the battlefield environment. Read the full story on our News & Events page.
Skate Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) in field testing. (Courtesy photo)
Air Force SBIR/STTR program managers win top award
Air Force Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program managers were recently recognized at the highest Air Force levels for their team efforts. David Sikora, the Air Force SBIR/STTR program manager, and Richard Flake, the Air Force SBIR/STTR Commercial Readiness program manager, were honored for their efforts with Secretary of the Air Force's 2014 Small Business Programs Process Action Team Award. The team made significant contributions to strengthening the industrial base and meeting warfighter needs through an array of small business capabilities that bring innovation, agility and efficiency. Read the full story on our News & Events page.
New economic impact study looks at Phase II awards
A new Air Force economic impact study is underway to determine the results of SBIR/STTR Phase II awards in terms of follow-on awards, investments and commercialization. Since 2000, the Air Force has awarded more than $4 billion for about 4,000 Phase II awards. Your small business may be contacted as part of this research effort. Read the full story on our News & Events
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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