Awards

$225K

STTR Phase I: An intuitive and tactile quantum mechanical molecular modeling tool for instruction of chemistry students

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Stanford University

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: EA
Budget: 07/01/15 - 06/30/16
PI: Jason Quenneville

This STTR Phase I project is focused on development of a hands-on instructional tool based on interactive molecular dynamics simulations that will engage organic chemistry students in the study of chemical reactions. There is currently a need for educational tools that teach chemistry more effectively to young American students, as well as inspi...

$123K

Electrospray Propulsion Engineering Toolkit (ESPET)

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: Z1.01
Budget: 06/17/15 - 12/17/15
PI: Rainer Dressler

To accelerate the development of scaled-up Electrospray Propulsion emitter array systems with practical thrust levels, Spectral Sciences, Inc. (SSI), in collaboration with Busek Co. Inc., proposes the development of an Electrospray Propulsion Engineering Toolkit (ESPET). The innovation is a multi-scale model that extends experimental and detai...

$121K

Spacecraft Potable Water Monitor

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: H3.01
Budget: 06/17/15 - 12/17/15
PI: Bridget Tannian

Securing a supply of potable water is essential for human survival, and doing so aboard the ISS presents challenges distinct from terrestrial water safety challenges. Repeated recycling is the primary means of replenishing water aboard the ISS in order to minimize the need for costly re-supply of water. There is a critical need to continually mo...

$750K

Robust Hyperspectral Targeting and Reacquisition Software

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF141-183
Budget: 06/10/15 - 09/11/17
PI: Dr. Robert Sundberg

ABSTRACT:Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) sensors have the unique ability to identify objects based on the spectral signatures of their surface materials. Movements of designated targets could be detected using images collected hours to days after they move. Many targets of interest, such as vehicles, have specular (non-Lambertian) surfaces with mult...

$150K

Development and Validation of a Polarimetric-MCScene 3D Atmospheric Radiation Model

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 01a
Budget: 06/08/15 - 03/07/16
PI: Dr. Alexander Berk

Thermal infrared and solar regime multi- and hyper-spectral imaging is an invaluable tool for detecting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, but it does require that signatures from effluent gases or surface contaminants generated in processing of nuclear materials be distinguished from the ambient background. Contrast is increased ...

$150K

An XRF Thin Film Growth Monitor

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 05a
Budget: 02/17/15 - 11/16/15
PI: Bridget Tannian

Statement of the Problem or Situation that is Being Addressed: Materials constructed from many ultrathin layers are increasingly used for x-ray optics in DOE laboratories and for many industrial applications. However, current tools for monitoring the growth of the film layers in situ are inadequate for the sub-angstrom measurement precision requ...

$150K

Commercial Software for Low Pressure Industrial Applications Leveraging DOE Technology

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 02c
Budget: 02/17/15 - 11/16/15
PI: Timothy Deschenes

Statement of the Problem or Situation That is Being Addressed: Many manufacturing processes, such as physical and vapor deposition, freeze-drying, and plasma etching, involve rarefied gas flows. Currently, simulation technologies require large computational clusters and/or were designed for use by experts. Furthermore, many industrial flows span...

$150K

Metal Vapor Ionospheric Control System (MVICS)

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Sandia National Laboratories

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF15-AT22
Budget: 01/01/15 - 12/31/15
PI: Rainer Dressler

ABSTRACT: Spectral Sciences, Inc. and Sandia National Laboratories propose a Metal Vapor Ionospheric Control System (MVICS) for on-demand turbulence suppression and control of ionospheric RF propagation. ?The system uses a lightweight, throttleable directional mechanism for controlled production and dispersal of artificial plasma into the space ...

$150K

Fitting Imagery of Explosives Radiance with Endmember Signatures software (FIERES)

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF151-110
Budget: 01/01/15 - 12/31/15
PI: Dr. Hoang Dothe

ABSTRACT:Intense light emission from high explosive (HE) detonations is a well-known phenomenon, containing considerable information about the explosives and environment. ?The very early temporal period of this UV-VIS-NIR emission represents the brightest radiance and contains spectral signatures of intermediate compounds emitted during fireball...

$1000K

Database-Driven Discrete Debris Signature Model (4DSM)

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA13-012
Budget: 01/01/15 - 12/31/15
PI: Rainer Dressler

Spectral Sciences, Inc., and subcontractors Corvid Technologies, Inc., and Busek Co., Inc. propose a Database-Driven Discrete Debris Signature Model (4DSM) for signature estimates of discrete post-intercept debris (PID) and solid-rocket motor (SRM) debris. The 4DSM software tool is designed to post-process first-principles code (FPC) outputs. ...

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