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New Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) Technique’s Unprecedented Time and Space Resolution Improves Understanding of Atmospheric Optical Covariances for Forecasting
  • Optimizing free-space optical communications tools with enhanced optical turbulence strength measurements as a function of time and range enables path for development of first of their kind tracebility standards.
  • Quantitative measurements of optical turbulence with unprecedented spatial and temporal coverage offer improved performance for long-range FSO applications.
  • Singular measurement of optical turbulence results from combination LIDAR measurements of wind, temperature, and water vapor, which enables better weather forecasting and models to be built.
Predictive Maintenance System for Large-Scale Operations Offers Potential for Significant Cost Savings
  • Consistent workflow improvements: Offers repeatable and consistent enterprise-level improvements to the maintenance workflow.  
  • Proactive readiness: Improves maintenance scheduling, allowing for improved logistics, scheduling, virtual kitting, and part/component availability. 
  • Customizable: Customers can build and tailor their PMx solutions according to their needs, providing increased data control and an alternative to costly and limited solutions.
Monitor Vehicle Location and Maintain Vehicle Health During Long-Term Storage
  • Vehicle health and location monitoring system automatically establishes a mesh network for vehicle fleet monitoring by a human, drone, or mobile robot.
  • Checks battery and other vehicle health status as well as determines locations of all connected vehicles in storage.
  • When a vehicle is found with low battery levels, a mobile robot can safely provide a charge to the battery to get the vehicle running.   
Expandable Back Drive–Resistant Wedge Improves Payload Support and Security in Satellite and Other Limited-Access Applications
  • This expandable wedge designed to resist back drive creates a more predictable load path for limited-access payloads, such as small satellite installations. 
  • The design reduces the likelihood of payload damage caused by sudden shock loading that can occur due to the higher stresses of cantilevered loads. 
  • Two offset, spring-activated pawls make the cartridge resistant to vibration by holding the wedge in place once proper contact has been established.
Distributed Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Chain Significantly Improves Drone Navigation When GPS Fails
  • The robust Distributed PNT Chain enables a swarm of drones or other autonomous platforms to effectively navigate when they are denied GPS access. 
  • The system shares and processes all available sensor data to significantly improve the robustness and reliability of drone teams.
  • The highly modular system is interoperable with preexisting GPS INSs and supports variable and evolving platform geometries.
Quantum Tunneling Radio Positioning System Achieves Higher Levels of Accuracy and Longer Range for Next-Generation Wireless Networks
  • This radiolocation system uses quantum tunneling tags (QTT) capable of operating in non-line-of-sight conditions to achieve longer range communications in outdoor and indoor applications. 
  • The use of QTTs, paired with a frequency hopping reader, results in positioning accuracy not achievable with standard methods.
  • QTTs are inexpensive and operate under low power requirements to offer an affordable orientation system with long battery life.
Tactical Gloves for Accurately Tracking Munitions Use
  • The gloves include an antenna that is woven into the palm of the glove, which is constructed of comfortable, flexible materials that can operate at a range of frequencies.
  • Morphological actuation in the gloves supports safe use.
  • To resolve operation ambiguities and improve safety, the gloves include a fingerprint scanner.
High-Performance Analog Processor Offers Potential to Expand Capabilities of Radio Frequency (RF) Systems
  • TRAFFIC is the first generalized, high-performance analog finite impulse response processor technology that enables direct throughput processing of RF signals within the RF and microwave spectrums.
  • The device enables multiple-function RF capabilities and significantly reduces the size, weight, and power requirements of RF technologies.
  • TRAFFIC has unique performance benefits that allow it to operate reliably in extreme environments, including high performance across wide temperature ranges and radiation-intense applications.
Portable, Reusable, Micropower Radiation Monitors Provide Real-Time Assessment of Radiation Risk
  • Innovative radiation detection system provides real-time, on-demand, micropower detection in a versatile design.
  • The device materials offer higher conductivity (mobility) than silicon, resulting in reduced power needs (i.e., requiring power only during read-out).
  • Selection and layering of channel and gate materials enables tuning devices for different radiation types.
Streamlined Combination Analysis by FORECAST Accurately Predicts and Identifies Pending Malware Attacks
  • Automating the combined techniques of memory forensics and symbolic analysis accelerates how fast an enterprise or government becomes aware of the true extent of malware’s capabilities.
  • When countering cyberattacks, FORECAST provides improved accuracy (94%, overall) with its automated analysis, which is crucial to helping cybersecurity efforts to efficiently focus on high-impact solutions.
  • FORECAST has the flexibility to be a valuable incidence response tool, even when malware is fileless since it uses the software’s memory image to accurately predict the program’s capabilities.
Enhanced Cybersecurity for Networked Motion Control Systems with Somewhat Homomorphic Encryption
  • Increase cybersecurity with expression rewrite rules for encrypted dynamic control schemes that reduce the multiplicative depth of somewhat homomorphic encryption and improve numerical stability. 
  • New approach generates motion commands to servo systems without creating a security hole.  
  • Information decryption and control signal calculation can be performed and executed inside the plant, while all sensitive system information outside of the plant is always encrypted. 
Anodically Coloring Molecular Electrochromics (EC) Improve Contrast, Color, and Transitions
  • True black-to-clear transitions with high contrast and color tuning are now possible with anodically coloring electrochromics.
  • Broad absorption supports color mixing and color tunability in the charged state, and color tuning is enabled by manipulating the oscillator strengths of radical cation transitions.  
  • Energy required for practical electrochromic applications is effectively decreased by much lower oxidative potentials, as compared to their corresponding polyamides.
Lightweight, Versatile Cryogenic Conductors
  • Lithium exhibits lower atomic mass, higher power density, and lower losses under cryogenic conditions
  • Conductors such as lithium become even more power-dense at lower temperatures, exhibiting improved electrical performance 
  • Cladding with copper enables lithium to be drawn using standard wire-drawing techniques and tools
Airborne Acoustic Sensing System for “Ear in the Sky” Capabilities on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
  • Optimizes speech clarity: Uses acquired empirical data and iteratively refines the processing capability until the optimal signal to noise ratio (SNR) is achieved
  • Improves covert detection: Enables acquisition of a live voice signal from a person of interest without detection by using UAS platforms to remotely acquire acoustic signals and using digital signal processing algorithms to filter, enhance, and localize the speech signal of interest
  • Enhances warfare tools: Provides increased situational awareness, enhanced ISR capabilities, and helps identify potential security threats to deployed assets
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Anti-Resonance System Enables Variable Speed Rotors
  • High performance: Enables variable rotor speeds by significantly reducing resonance loads during transition from one rotor speed to another
  • Agile: Reduces vibration by completely removing resonance points within the rotor operating range
  • Energy efficient: Decreases power consumption by optimizing rotor speeds for different flight conditions
  • Advanced: Uses a unique smart virtual assistant with a voice interaction model that generates natural conversation to filter out robocalls
  • Robust: Blocks robocalls that other methods may miss, such as those that evade call block lists through caller ID spoofing
  • Unique: Provides the first known system to block mass, evasive, and targeted robocalls using natural, interactive conversation methods rather than relying solely on caller ID and block lists
Generative Causal Explanations for Black-Box Classifiers
  • Increased trust: Has the potential to improve the transparency and fairness of machine learning systems and increase the level of trust users place in their decisions
  • Flexible explanation vocabulary: Provides a rich and flexible vocabulary for explanation that is more expressive than feature selection or saliency map­–based methods
  • Deeper insights: Offers visualizations that can be much more descriptive than saliency maps, particularly in vision applications, leading to better user understanding
A Chip-Scale Linear Ion Trap to Enable Portable Mass Spectrometers
  • Enabling: Can be used in the development of much smaller mass spectrometers than are currently available—from benchtop devices to handheld or even smaller instruments—which would extend their use to applications in which they are not currently cost effective
  • High-performance: Provides better than unit-mass resolution and high detection efficiency, and operates at much higher pressures than larger mass analyzers, as shown during lab-based simulations
  • Multi-modal: Allows for several different modes of operation and enables tandem(MS/MS or MS2) or multi-stage/sequential (MSn) mass spectrometry, greatly improving capability compared with other analyzers
A Biomimetic Nose with Machine Learning for Advanced Threat Detection
  • Enhanced chemical detection: Reduces proximity issues and enhances detection
  • Functional in air and liquid mediums: Can detect single or multiple chemical agents even when the medium contains both a liquid and a gas. An attachment makes it possible to use the device in liquid with air monitoring sensors.
  • Continuous improvement: Uses machine learning algorithms to continually improve agent characterization
AwareSite Proximity Safety Sensing System for Construction and Other Work Sites
  • Improved work safety and efficiency: Not only are accidents prevented when workers and equipment operators are alerted that they are crossing set safety boundaries, their proximity and movement data are also stored in the cloud and can be used to analyze work patterns that could improve safety, work process efficiency, and more.
  • Low-cost and flexible hardware: The system uses inexpensive custom PPU devices but can also be paired with workers’ personal smartphones for connecting to the system.
  • User friendly and reliable: System setup and operation is simple. Beacons use Bluetooth® low-energy technology and can last more than one year without changing batteries.
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