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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.
The Air Force, DoD and other government and commercial entities rely heavily on the accuracy of Global Positioning System (GPS). The inability to fully comprehend the impacts of interference sources on Position Navigation and Time (PNT) equipment is an ongoing challenge. U.S. military operations are increasingly carried out in areas where GPS is denied, unreliable or not accessible, so the availability of GPS to the warfighter is a huge strategic advantage—and a potential vulnerability.
In order to defend GPS receivers from the effects of jamming or other malicious signals, receiver manufacturers must design safeguards within receiver’s hardware and software. To ensure that any newly developed approach for GPS receiver protection actually works as intended, receivers equipped with new protection schemes must be individually tested using a series of rigorous test scenarios.
PANACEA can simultaneously evaluate multiple GPS receivers, fully illuminating their capabilities and their vulnerabilities. (Courtesy photo)
PreTalen Ltd., an Ohio small business partnered with the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to develop the Position Navigation and Time Autonomous Negotiator Applying Cognitive Effects-Based Analysis aka PANACEA, a software tool that supports test and evaluation with an accurate, repeatable and shareable method of conducting automated global navigation satellite system receiver analysis against an array of requirement and threat scenarios.
Before PANACEA, testing of military GPS receivers required establishing a connection between the receiver and a GPS signal simulator, invoking logging software to record position outputs from the receiver, and using another software application for comparative analysis. This process was painstaking, labor intensive and prone to error.
The U.S. Army has adopted PANACEA as its principal test asset supporting the Army’s PNT System of Systems Architecture. “PANACEA has enabled our test engineers to conduct device characterization and performance testing across a vast number of simulated operational environments,” said Kevin Coggins, program manager for PNT for the Army System of Systems Engineering and Integration office.
PreTalen is already seeing the increased demand for PANACEA increase as they have stepped up production to deploy systems weekly. “Developing PANACEA under this SBIR award puts PreTalen on the map,” said Greg Gerten, PreTalen’s chief technology officer. Since GPS is an invaluable resource provided by the U.S. government, PANACEA becomes an invaluable tool in uncovering the limitations of GPS receivers.”
Read more about this and other innovative small businesses in the Media Center section of our Publications library.
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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