ONR has released the Automated Offboard Refueling and Data Transfer for Unmanned Surface Vehicles BAA, N00014-16-S-BA09.
“The Navy is developing Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) that are launched and recovered from a host ship. A refueling and data transfer system that is remote from the host ship and proximate to the USV operating area will allow a substantially greater fraction of a Navy USVs’ endurance to be spent on performing the mission rather than on non-mission activities associated with refueling, including transiting to and from the host ship and being deployed and recovered on the host ship. The USV to be refueled is a “Fleet-class USV” as defined in the Navy USV Master Plan. 1 It is approximately 38.5 ft in length, 10.5 ft beam and full load displacement 21,400 lbs. It can carry between 400 and 650 gallons of diesel fuel marine (DFM) and uses fuel at a rate between 25 and 40 gallons/hr. The refueling port of the USV is located on the starboard side of the craft, above the waterline, about midships. There will be up to 2 terabytes of data to be offloaded from the USV, per refueling iteration. There is currently no data port on the USV.
The fuel source platform (FSP) is envisioned to be another USV, a barge, a small vessel, a bladder or other platform or system. The FSP’s function is to bring fuel from an existing land or shore-based source (such as a fuel depot, port or a ship) to the operating area (the operating area is the area in which the USVs perform operations). The USVs will approach the FSP, align to a connection mechanism, connect to the FSP, make fuel and data connections, receive fuel and transfer data, disconnect from the FSP and resume its mission: this sequence shall be automated and require only the supervision of a remote human operator. For an individual USV, refueling and data transfer should occur simultaneously to save time.
Under this BAA, the Offeror will design, build, test, and demonstrate a prototype Offboard Refueling and Data Transfer System (ORADTS). The ORADTS design must improve on previous designs by providing a more robust system that enhances system usability in higher sea states, reliability, and maintainability for implementation in Navy operations. This could be via a new and different design or via multiple technology and architecture improvements to the previous design. The program goal is to achieve a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 6 for the system in order to support the Navy’s potential consideration of the ORADTS technology in a Program of Record (PoR) milestone decision.”
White papers (8 page max) are due July 20, 2016 and full proposals are due September 05, 2016.
ONR has announced the following awards to its Long Range BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology, BAA A-N00014-16-R-BA01. The awardees are:
DARPA has announced an award for a Theoretical Study on Covert Communication and Sensing. The awardee is Raytheon BBN Technologies Corporation. The award amount is $380,910.
ONR has announced an award to Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc. of Exton, PA. The award amount is $353,938.
ONR has announced an award titled Advanced Social Media Analytics. The awardee is Milcord, LLC of Waltham, MA. The award amount is $2,310,186.
ONR has announced the Fundamental Research in Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics BAA, N00014-16-S-BA14. The ONR Atomic, Molecular and Quantum (AMQ) Physics Program seeks proposals with the aim of advancing fundamental science and technology for future naval applications in the areas of navigation, timekeeping and sensing.
The core motivation for the AMQ program stems from the fact that atomic and molecular systems make exceptional sensors and the belief that further developments in these areas will yield future technological benefits in sensing and other areas. The toolbox provided by laser cooling and trapping allows control of internal and external degrees of freedom down to the single atom level. This control will provide useful classical and quantum states that reduce noise, add robustness to environmental effects, and give insight into various complex physical phenomena. ONR expects that new developments in atomic, molecular and quantum physics will make contributions to future naval applications that include inertial sensing, earth and material science, low-noise and high resolution electromagnetic field sensing, and future high performance, set-and-forget atomic clocks.
Areas of interest include:
- Cooling and Trapping Techniques
- Fundamental Developments in Atomic Clocks and Inertial Sensors
- I. Metrologically Relevant Quantum States
Four-five page white papers are due September 2, 2016 and full proposals are due October 28, 2016. The program manager is Tommy Willis.
ONR has announced the following awards for the 2016.1 Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) proposals:
- Physical Optics Corp, Torrance, CA, award amount: $79,995
- Micro Cooling Concepts, Huntington Beach, CA, award amount: $79,667
- BlueRiSC, INC, Amherst, MA, award amount: $79,996
- CU Aerospace, LLC, Champaign, IL, award amount: $79,999
- Design Interactive, Inc, Orlando, FL, award amount: $79,998
- Cognitive Performance Group of Florida, LLC, Orlando, FL, award amount: $79,911
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has released a BAA, BAA-AFRL-AFOSR-2016-0007, containing research topics of interest. The BAA is an open BAA, but the funding is limited and the majority of it is allocated by the fall.
Areas of research interest include:
- Engineering and Complex Systems: a. Dynamic Materials and Interactions, b. Electronic Materials and Devices, c. Energy, Combustion and Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics, d. Flow Interactions and Control, e. High-Speed Aerodynamics, f. Low Density Materials, g. Multi-Scale Structural Mechanics and Prognosis, h. Space Propulsion and Power, i. Test Science for Test and Evaluation (T&E)
- Information and networks: a. Computational Cognition and Machine Intelligence, b. Computational Mathematics, c. Dynamics and Control, d. Dynamic Data Driven Applications Systems (DDDAS), e. Information Operations and Cybersecurity, f. Optimization and Discrete Mathematics, g. Science of Information, Computation, Learning, and Fusion, h. Systems and Software, i. Trust and Influence
- Physical Sciences: a. Aerospace Materials for Extreme Environments, b. Atomic and Molecular Physics, c. Electromagnetics, d. Laser and Optical Physics, e. Optoelectronics and Photonics, f. Plasma and Electro-Energetic Physics, g. Quantum Electronic Solids, h. Quantum Information Sciences, i. Remote Sensing and Imaging Physics, j. Space Science, k. Ultrashort Pulse Laser-Matter Interactions
- Chemistry and Biological Sciences: a. Biophysics, b. Human Performance and Biosystems, c. Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Microsystems, d. Molecular Dynamics and Theoretical Chemistry, e. Natural Materials, Systems, and Extremophiles, f. Organic Materials Chemistry
- Student Exchange Program
- Other Innovative Research Concepts
Interested proposers should contact the program managers listed in the BAA to discuss the topic before proposing.
AFRL has released an RFI for Gas Laser Research and Development, RFI-AFRL-RVKDL-2016-0003. Respondents should provide up to a 20 page response by August 10, 2016.
AFRL Directed Energy Directorate (RD) is “seeking information on industry’s capability to perform R&D in gas lasers at AFRL facilities. R&D in this effort is limited to innovation, introduction and improvement of gas lasers technologies that have the potential to meet Air Force needs. Some examples of gas lasers of interest include: Diode Pumped Alkali Lasers (DPALs), gas discharge lasers, noble gas lasers and gas filled hollow core fiber Raman cells.
Responders shall address their capabilities in all five elements of the gas laser R&D effort listed below:
- Modeling & Simulation (M&S)
- Experiment Design, Construction & Execution
- Data Analysis & Management
- R&D Hardware & Software Maintenance
- Additional components to be developed and evaluated include, but are not limited to: a. Laser resonators b. Gain media excitation or gain generation sources c. Supersonic mixing nozzles d. Chemically resistant optical windows e. Optical components with high optical damage thresholds f. Thermal management g. Pressure recovery”
ONR has announced an award of the Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program. The awardee is the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. The award amount is $703,803.