Category Archives: AFRL

Air Force Research Laboratory

AFRL Materials and Processing for Expendable Hypersonic Vehicles Award

AFRL Wright-Patterson has announced the award for Materials and Processing for Expendable Hypersonic Vehicles.  The awardee is Materials Research and Design, Inc. of Wayne, PA.  The award amount is $1,753,610.

AFRL Award for High Power MWIR Lasers on Silicon

AFRL has announced an award to the University of California, Santa Barbara for High Power MWIR Lasers on Silicon.  The award amount is $1,045,000.

AFRL/RXC Structural Materials Open BAA

AFRL/RXC has updated the Structural Materials Open BAA, BAA-RQKM-2014-0003.

Areas of interest include:

  • Ceramics and Ceramic Matrix Composites Materials and Processes
  • Organic Matrix Composite Materials and Processing
  • Composite Performance Prediction
  • Metals Materials and Processes
  • Characterization, Sensing, and Analytics
  • Integrated Computational Materials Science and Engineering (ICMSE)
  • Novel materials technologies with higher temperature capability and/or reduced weight
  • Space component (impellers, cryopumps, nozzles, bearings) materials that reduce weight while fully meeting operational needs
  • Materials for hypersonics and Thermal Protection
  • New materials, processes, and performance understanding to support structural design  for munitions in both the conventional and hypersonic regimes
  • Advanced material characterization such as tools and techniques that support integrated computational materials science and engineering
  • Development of new methods for aging structures to detect and locate damage such as fatigue cracks and corrosion in a wide variety of complex (geometry and material) structures
  • Research to develop new high performance matrix materials, fibers, preforms, and other reinforcement materials, interfaces, processes, and the supporting computational tools
  • Development of novel design tools; advanced sensing technologies; advanced data collection, fusion, processing and analysis techniques; advanced evaluation and validation methods; as well as the development of inspection protocols and procedures for these materials
  • Electromagnetic (EM) protection materials are required for aircraft, spacecraft, ground support systems, and personnel, and materials to protect against high power microwave (HPM) weapons, various electromagnetic pulse (EMP) sources, lightning strikes, and high voltage electrostatic discharges from space charge build-up (spacecraft).

White papers (4 pages and 1 quad chart) may be submitted at any time until November 4, 2018.  Each award is anticipated to be between 12 to 60 months.

AFRL Prediction and Optimization of Manufacturing Variation in the Casting Process Award

AFRL has announced an award for the Prediction and Optimization of Manufacturing Variation in the Casting Process program.  The awardee is PredictionProbe, Inc. of Newport Beach, CA.  The award amount is $448,105.

AFRL Electromagnetic Spectrum Dynamic Deconfliction and Situational Awareness (ED2SA) Award

AFRL-Rome has announced an award for the Electromagnetic Spectrum Dynamic Deconfliction and Situational Awareness (ED2SA) program.  The awardee is Systems and Technology Research, LLC of Woburn, MA.  The award amount is $739,822.


AFRL Cyber Asymmetric Force Applications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems BAA

AFRL-Rome has released the Cyber Asymmetric Force Applications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems BAA.  This BAA is to to “advance the technology and/or increase the knowledge, understanding and capability of cyber operations technologies that can address current Department of Defense (DoD) gaps in operational asymmetric campaigns and force protection capabilities through rapid prototyping efforts.  Concepts at the intersection of the areas of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Electronic Warfare (EW) and Cyber Operations technologies are sought in this BAA.”

Broad topics of interest include:

  • maturing, integrating, and testing C2 and detection capabilities of unmanned aircraft systems;
  • developing new and applying currently available cyber operations technologies for use in airborne and ground platforms;
  • developing technologies to better equip the warfighter for force and materiel protection operations;
  • automatic decision making and enabling autonomy in cyberspace operations;
  • developing concepts and capabilities that intersect the areas of SIGINT, EW and Cyber for asymmetric force applications; and
  • developing big data analytics methods for asymmetric for non-traditional technologies and weapon systems.

Additional technical information relevant to this BAA is contained in a 6-page classified addendum dated September 13, 2016.

Total funding for this BAA is approximately $49.9M over FY17 – FY21.  Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months ranging from $250K to $3M.

It is a two step BAA.  The first step is the submittal of a white paper that is 3-5 pages long.  If a white papers is of interest a full proposal will be requested.  Though the BAA is open through September 30, 2021, to be considered for FY17 funding, white papers must be submitted by January 31, 2017.

AFRL Air Vehicle Energy Management RFI

AFRL has released an RFI on Air Vehicle Management, RFI-AFRL-RQKPD-2017-0001.

Air Vehicle Energy Management (AVEM) concepts “comprise technologies enabling control strategies to dynamically allocate energy resources in the electrical, thermal and mechanical domains over the mission and across aircraft subsystems.

Next generation aircraft have challenging electrical and thermal system requirements including: increased demands, decreased footprint availability (i.e. weight, volume and external sinks) and capped life cycle costs. The current dominant design paradigm attempts to isolates subsystems to mitigate unintended interactions and the complexity of system integration. However, this siloed design paradigm has generally reached a point of diminishing returns for expanding system capabilities solely through advances in individual components technologies. Control strategies for AVEM are expected to tap into latent system capability by facilitating more effective use of energy resources within and among subsystems. This would enable the integration of additional (possibly high power) payloads onto the aircraft.

The specific power and thermal subsystems of interest include: actuation, air cycle machines, engines, energy storage devices (e.g., passive, active, electrical, or thermal), electric distribution devices, fuel thermal management systems, generator and inverter converter controllers (ICC), and vapor cycle systems.

Broadly speaking, there is an interest in advancing AVEM technologies aligned with four guiding principles: Capability, Agility, Reliability and Affordability. In the following, the overall goals in developing an AVEM system are broken down along these guiding principles.”

Respondents to the RFI should answer the questions listed.  Responses are limited to 30 double-spaced pages and are due by December 12, 2016.

AFRL Common Development Environment (CDE) Award

AFRL-Rome announced an award for the Common Development Environment (CDE) to Aer Potentia LLC in Occoquan, VA.  The award amount is $4,195,099.

AFRL Semantic Technology for Logistics Systems Interoperability and Modernization Award

AFRL-Rome has announced an award for the Semantic Technology for Logistics Systems Interoperability and Modernization program. The awardee is Praeses, LLC of Shreveport, LA. The award amount is $744,342.

AFRL Passive Radio Frequency (RF) Identification Environment (PRIDE) Award

AFRL has announced an award to the Passive Radio Frequency (RF) Identification Environment (PRIDE) program.  The awardee is Integrity Applications Inc. of Chantilly, VA.  The award amount is $990,778.