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Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/SB)
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SBIR Road Tour

The 2015 National SBIR/STTR Conference is now over which means the bus is warming up and the SBIR Road Tour is about to resume. The SBIR Road Tour is a nationwide outreach effort. Federal and state program managers representing over $2.5 billion in funding are participating in this series of cross-country events. The North Central tour will commence July 3rd in Indianapolis followed by stops in Chicago, Iowa City, Lincoln and Sioux Falls. August Road Tour dates and locations will be posted on this website soon.

Throughout 2015 we will continue our outreach to small businesses, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders across the country. We will continue to engage in under-served states and with disadvantaged businesses/individuals and plan to participate in several online webinars with other DoD components. Our schedule is subject to change, so please contact us or check-out the News & Events page for current information.

Looking Back on 2014

The year 2014 marked some tremendous growth and accomplishments for the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program. Our challenges, achievements and vision are detailed in a new publication, “Connecting – 2014 Annual Report”. You can download a copy of the report from the SBIR/STTR Outreach section of our Publications library and while you’re there be sure to download a copy of our Success Story publication, “Achievements”, which highlights small business success stories from 2014.

Air Force SBIR/STTR Program Basics

Whatever role you play as an SBIR/STTR program stakeholder, this short, but detailed course will deliver the knowledge, tools and resources you need to advance technology innovation for the warfighter and the nation. The Air Force SBIR/STTR Program Basics can be viewed or downloaded from the SBIR/STTR Outreach section of our Publications library.

2015 Tibbetts Awards

Amanda Gentry (Courtesy photo)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proud to announce the 2015 Tibbetts Awards to 23 small businesses, six individuals, and - for the first time - three supporting organizations for their exemplary roles in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Among the award winners is Amanda Gentry, the Air Force SBIR/STTR focal point at the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office. Read about it at the U.S. Small Business Administration website.

Technology Spotlight

Since the launch of Sputnik in 1957, over 39,000 man-made objects have been launched into space. More than 16,000 objects are currently orbiting the Earth. You know the old adage “what goes up, must come down” so we need to keep an eye on the skies due to the dangers posed by falling space debris. The space surveillance mission falls to the U. S. Strategic Command Joint Functional Component Command for Space through its Joint Space Operations Center (JspOC).  

Approximately 95% of the objects in this illustration are orbital debris, i.e., not functional satellites. (Courtesy of NASA Orbital Debris Program Office)

The United States and its allies rely on JspOC to provide detection and early warning about threats posed by space debris. Accomplishing this mission requires referring to multiple data sources from separate systems, which introduces the possibility for errors. Air Force Space Command recognized the need for an innovative technology to support space situational awareness (SSA) beyond the existing legacy toolsets and conveyed that need to the Air Force Research Laboratory.

The Design Knowledge Company (TDKC), a small business located in Fairborn, Ohio, developed the JSpOC Mission System (JMS) User Definable Operational Picture (UDOP). The JMS UDOP provides an Agile Work Environment (AWE) tailored to the space domain. The JMS UDOP proved its worth as a core component of the Integrated Operational Environment for Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2011 and Advanced Concept Experiment 2011 and 2013.

“Assembling an integrated, common operating picture from disparate data sources for the JFCC Space Joint Planning groups is crucial when responding to high-interest events, such as the uncontrolled reentry of the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft in 2011,” said Paul Zetocha, the AFRL program manager. “Calculating and communicating trajectory data used to be a time consuming task. Assembling a simple Microsoft PowerPoint slide from the various stovepipes could take up to an hour or more. No system prior to the JSpOC Mission System covered all aspects of the mission.”

General John Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, recently said, “JMS represents keys to the kingdom. Given where we were five years ago, that's remarkable. I just didn't think we'd figure out a way to get through. But we did. It's awesome. It's spectacular.”

The JMS UDOP has been the company’s largest continuing project. It is the origin of the core AWE that has since been ported to a wide variety of domains beyond the space application. TDKC has also created versions for a cyber-operations center, a nuclear weapons center, and an air logistics complex.

Read more about this game-changing technology as well as other Air Force SBIR/STTR innovations in the Media Center section of our Publications library.

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.

 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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Using this site

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 website is tailored to meet the needs of all users, whether you are from government, small business, prime contractors or academia. By selecting your area of business or interest on the left side of the page, you will find the information you need to understand and succeed with the Air Force SBIR/STTR programs.

All users have access to various search capabilities, from topics to awards, by using the "Topics/Award Data" tool on the right and the Advanced Technology Search tool, which provides even greater search capabilities.

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