Monthly Archives: January 2016

ONR Hemispherical Imaging for Situational Awareness RFI

ONR has released an RFI titled “Hemispherical Imaging for Situational Awareness.”  ONR Code 312 EO-IR Technologies Focus Area is requesting “information on unconventional approaches to full hemispherical imaging for situational awareness. Designs concepts of interest will yield systems that are simpler, less expensive, and reduce the data load by at least two orders of magnitude, while maintaining performance as indicated by probability of detection for selected target sets, and low false alarm rates for given background conditions. High-performance designs and architectures may be of interest even if required underlying technologies are not available currently.”

Five page white papers are due by February 19, 2016. Ravi Athale is the program manager.


DARPA Radio Frequency Microsatellite Risk Reduction Technology Award

DARPA TTO has announced two awards to the Radio Frequency Microsatellite Risk Reduction Technology Program (BAA DARPA-BAA-15-49).  The two awardees are:

There were two technologies of interest to DARPA for this BAA: “lightweight deployable antennas and advanced RF processing”.

DoD SBIR Solicitation 2016.1 is Open

The DoD SBIR 2016.1 solicitations are now open.  A link to the main web site is here.

Here are links to the individual services and agencies:

Here is a link to the DoD SBIR Instructions.  Proposals are due by February 17, 2016.


DARPA Ten Most Popular Videos of 2015

Here are links to DARPA’s Ten Most Popular Videos of 2015:

  1. EXACTO Live-Fire Tests, February 2015
  2. ATLAS Gets an Upgrade
  3. ALASA Concept Video
  4. Mission Adaptive Rotor Robotic Landing Gear Demonstration
  5. DRC Finals – Main
  6. Revolutionizing Prosthetics – Drinking from a Water Bottle
  7. A Celebration of Risk (a.k.a. Robots Take a Spill)
  8. When Team KAIST Won the DARPA Robotics Challenge
  9. New Concept for Air Warfare
  10. Forward to the Future: Visions of 2045 – Pam Melroy

DARPA Mobile Offboard Clandestine Communications and Approach (MOCCA) BAA

DARPA STO has released the Mobile Offboard Clandestine Communications and Approach (MOCCA) BAA (DARPA-BAA-16-10).  The Proposers’ Day is January 26, 2016.

The goal of the MOCCA program is to “seek active sonar solutions that will mitigate the limits of passive submarine sonar sensors. The objective is to achieve significant standoff detection and tracking range through the use of an active sonar projector deployed offboard a submarine and onboard an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV). The submarine will need the ability to coordinate the operational functions of the supporting UUV. Thus, the program must also demonstrate the ability to achieve reliable clandestine communications between the host submarine and supporting UUV without sacrificing submarine stealth.”

MOCCA has two technical challenges it is addressing:

  1. Development of an active sonar system, which includes a small form factor active sonar projector suitable for UUV operations and bi-static active sonar processing
  2. Design and implementation of a secure and reliable communications link to provide positive control of a UUV operating at a significant distance from its host submarine

Phase 1 of the program also has two technical areas for the program:

  • TA1: Active Sonar Systems: has the goal of “development of compact and efficient acoustic projectors and novel sonar receiver processing to maximize sonar detection range, reverberation and clutter rejection, and target discrimination and tracking”
  • TA2: Clandestine Communications : has the goal of “development of an innovative communications link that provides secure and reliable control of an offboard UUV operating a significant distance from its host submarine.”

Total funding for the program is up to $12,000,000 with multiple awards anticipated. Proposals are due March 15, 2015.

DARPA Open Ocean Counter Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (OOCUUV) Study

DARPA TTO has announced a study called Open Ocean Counter Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (OOCUUV) Study (DARPA-SN-16-11).  This study is being released as an update to the DARPA TTO Office Wide BAA, which can be found at 27/listing.html.

The goal of OOCUUV is to “design and develop prototype technologies for countering adversarial UUVs in open ocean environments, then demonstrate these prototypes at an underwater test range. The focus areas of the study includes:”

  1. Novel UUV detection: technology solutions that enable extended UUV detection ranges, higher fidelity UUV characterization, and/or the ability to detect and track multiple simultaneous UUV threats; and
  2. Novel UUV negation: technology solutions for rendering a threat UUV incapable of carrying out its intended mission and/or capturing the vehicle.

White papers are encouraged to be submitted as described in the above link to the TTO Office Wide BAA.  A classified Addendum provides additional information.  The due date for white papers is April 15, 2016.


DARPA Atomic Clock with Enhanced Stability (ACES) BAA

DARPA MTO has released the Atomic Clock with Enhanced Stability (ACES) BAA (DARPA-BAA-16-19).  The goal of ACES is to “provide unprecedented frequency and timing accuracy on low SWaP platforms. Of particular interest are portable battery-powered clocks, which require minimal time for calibration after power-on and which maintain accurate time and frequency over extended duration in relevant DoD operating environments.”

There will be two technical areas to the program:

  • Technical Area 1: “Develop a complete integrated ACES prototype atomic clock capable of meeting or exceeding the technical objectives of the program. Program deliverables will include fully integrated prototype hardware for independent government evaluation.”
  • Technical Area 2: “Fundamental research into alternative atomic clock architectures, component technologies, and interrogation methodologies. In general, these are expected to address innovative approaches and technologies that are too risky or immature to include on the critical path of a TA-1 development effort, but which might be incorporated into TA-1 8 development, following proof-of-concept, in later phases of the program. Program deliverables are expected to consist primarily of technical reports.”

The Proposers Day is scheduled for February 1, 2016, abstract are due on March 1, 2016 and proposals are due April 29, 2016.  The anticipated funding for the program is $50M with multiple awards anticipated.  The funding type is 6.2.  The program manager is Dr. Robert Lutwak.

DARPA Fundamental Limits of Photon Detection (Detect) BAA

DARPA DSP has announced the Fundamental Limits of Photon Detection (Detect) BAA, BAA number DARPA-BAA-16-25.

The goal of the Detect program is to “establish the first-principles limits of photon detector performance by developing new models of photon detection in a variety of technology platforms, and by testing those models in proof-of-concept experiments. These technology platforms may include superconductor detectors, semiconductor detectors, biologically-inspired detectors, hybrid designs that draw on elements of all three platforms, other existing platforms, or completely new technologies. If successful, the program will produce new proof-of-concept devices that exceed conventional photon detector performance in the relevant technology platform by at least an order of magnitude.”

The program will have two phases:

  • Phase 1 will be 24 months long and perform modeling and design of photon detectors
  • Phase 2 will be 18 months long develop prototypes based on the designs in Phase 1

The following are listed as appropriate for submission to Detect:

  • “A basic research effort that develops and experimentally verifies new models of photon detection, but does not result in a field-ready prototype by the end of the program
  • Focus technologies that have not yet been proven, but which can be thoroughly experimentally tested within the first 18 months of the program
  • New or hybrid detector technologies that do not fall within the broad categories of superconductor, semiconductor, or biological detectors.
  • Proposals which clearly and quantitatively argue why no detector can ever simultaneously achieve the future/ultimate performance described in Table 1 and, in the process, lay out what trade space could be achievable.

The Proposers Day will be January 25, 2016, abstracts are due February 17 and full proposals ar due March 29.  Multiple awards are anticipated.  Prem Kumar is the Program Manager.

DARPA Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) BAA

DARPA BTO has announced the Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) BAA.  The goal of the program is to “design, build, demonstrate, and validate a neural interface system capable of recording from more than one million neurons and stimulating more than one hundred thousand neurons in proposer-defined regions of the human sensory cortex (e.g., visual cortex or auditory cortex). The complete system must demonstrate high-precision detection, transduction, and encoding of neural activity.”

The program will be four years long and will have three phases of 12 months, 12 months, and 24 months.  There are two Technical Areas for the program:

  • TA 1: Neural Transducers and Algorithms, which focuses on the “scientific and technical advances along with their proofs of principle and function to inform and enable the final design of the NESD system.”
  • TA 2: Hardware, Prototyping, and Manufacture) to be fully integrated in a functioning system.

Then NESD Proposers’ Day is February 2-3, 2016 and Dr. Phillip Alvelda is the program manager.

DARPA Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) Proposers’ Day

DARPA BTO has announced the Proposers’ Day for the Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program.  The Proposers’ Days will be held on February 2-3, 2016 at The Westin Gateway Hotel, 801 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203. Registration is required at  The program manager is Dr. Phillip Alvelda.

The goal of the NESD program is to “design, build, demonstrate, and validate in animal and human subjects a neural interface system capable of recording from more than one million neurons, stimulating more than one hundred thousand neurons, and performing continuous, simultaneous full-duplex (read and write) interaction with at least one thousand neurons in regions of the human sensory cortex. In addition to achieving substantial advances in scale of interface (independent channel count), proposed systems must also demonstrate simultaneous high-precision in neural activity detection, transduction, and encoding, with single-neuron spike-train precision for each independent channel.”

There will be two technical areas to the program:

  • Technical Area 1: “Neural Transducers and Algorithms, focuses on the scientific and technical advances along with their proofs of principle and function to inform and enable the final design of the NESD system.”
  • Technical Area 2: “Hardware, Prototyping, and Manufacture, focuses on the design, prototyping, integration, fabrication, and test/validation of the NESD components and overall system/platform.”

More information on registration for the Proposers’ Day and on the program can be found in the DARPA Special Notice DARPA-SN-16-16 and Special Notice DARPA-SN-16-17.