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Corvid Technologies, Inc.

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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 999.94K | Year: 2015

The overall goal of the proposed Phase II effort is to mature the concept of a blast-only CRAM warhead. The outcome of the Phase II will be a detailed warhead design, with accompanying lethality analysis to aid in implementing the warhead at a system level. Future development of a functional blast-only CRAM interceptor will be based upon the results of this Phase II effort.


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 742.15K | Year: 2014

On todays battlefields, vehicles are at risk of encountering improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Fortunately, not all of these result in complete vehicle loss. Following events at both ends of the severity spectrum, Battle Damage Assessment and Repair (BDAR) and event reconstruction efforts lack the fidelity that predictive simulations have begun to offer. Sending a vehicle back to the depot for overhaul when it could have stayed in operation, wastes precious resources. Conversely, leaving a damaged vehicle in operation without some level of confidence that it can withstand a second blast places a higher risk on the soldier. As such, the Marine Corps needs more reliable and informed methods to gauge post-IED hull damage. Leveraging expertise in ballistic armor damage and structural response, Corvid Technologies proposes the evolution and commercialization of an approach that virtually recreates events in order to fill in the information gaps and answer the what if questions regarding BDAR. In Phase II, Corvid will validate Phase I results on the test range, examine repair techniques, and field test virtual event reconstruction for BDAR applications. Corvid expects to have additional BDAR support services and analysis tools that are TRL 7 or greater by the end of Phase II.


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 877.97K | Year: 2014

Corvid Technologies is pleased to offer this STTR Phase II proposal in collaboration with The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), Spectral Sciences Inc. and Torch Technologies. Capabilities from each collaborator are being combined toward the ability to perform accurate, fast-running electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) signature predictions. This collaborative effort will focus on the realization of consolidated modeling capabilities and benchmarking against empirical data. When coupled with existing Corvid radar modeling efforts, the resulting capability will provide a unified description across disparate sensor domains including radar and EO/IR. Approved for Public Release 14-MDA-7739 (18 March 14).


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 973.87K | Year: 2014

During our Phase I SBIR program for topic MDA-073-019, Hypervelocity Intercept Modeling with First-Principle, Physics Based Tools, we showed the utility of First-Principle Codes (FPC), specifically Velodyne, in modeling missile intercept phenomenology. In addition, we identified a path toward the development of an engineering-level code built upon the foundation of FPC results. Here, we propose a path toward realizing expanded capability of the Velodyne Intercept Debris Engagement interpOlator (VIDEO), our engineering-level intercept debris prediction code. We intend to expand the capabilities of this tool, specifically: 1) the application to more massive interceptors, 2) the quantification of uncertainty in the debris model predictions to support Monte-Carlo analyses, and 3) the initial development of a simulation framework for debris-related performance assessments. Approved for Public Release 14-MDA-7739 (18 March 14).


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 972.58K | Year: 2014

The objective of this proposed Phase II effort is to continue leveraging first principles physics based codes for modeling the high and low-order explosive response and characterizing the resulting debris for HE submunitions warheads in missile intercepts. Corvid"s approach will include development of reactive models and numerical methods to address identified shortcomings, development of innovative test methods to characterize and investigate low-order reactive phenomenology, utilization of in-house high-performance supercomputing resources, and comprehensive material characterization efforts, and innovative testing and instrumentation techniques. Approved for Public Release 14-MDA-7739 (18 March 14).


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 134.18K | Year: 2015

ABSTRACT:Corvid Technologies and 3D Systems will collaborate to develop novel penetrator structures for enhancement of explosive and fuze survivability. These structures will provide lethality and penetration capability equal to or better than conventional penetrator designs. Our approach will optimize structural components and combine them in practical ways to meet penetrator functional goals. Topology optimization will maximize component mass specific strength, and strain energy rates at collapse being minimize. Optimization will be done at both the meso- and macro-scales. Mesoscale structures will be based lined against pyramidal lattices. The resulting metamaterials will be homogenized for implementation into computational structural dynamics simulations. These simulations will be used to optimize the macro-scale component topology by maximizing of charge-to-structure mass ratio and overall strength. 3D Systems will use additive manufacturing to create subscale prototypes of up to three penetrator designs. These prototypes will capture both the meso-scale structures and full-scale design details. Corvid will evaluate the prototypes performance using their compressed air gun to fire the prototypes into optically clear targets with oblique features and capture response with highspeed video. Phase I will result in an understanding of how topology optimization can improve penetrator structural performance. Phase II will mature these design concepts.BENEFIT:Commercialization will include expanded engineering services utilizing the approaches developed under this SBIR, and potential licensing of the modeling and visualization tools to interested third parties. These include military and civilian organizations dedicated to the development of materials and processes which improve performance metrics or fulfill the requirements of novel applications. In particular, the emergence of additive manufacturing of materials and components with adaptive properties using metal and polymers is one application where the ability to accurately predict mesostructural performance and effective behavior at a system-level would be imminently relevant.


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 146.40K | Year: 2015

ABSTRACT:Abstract: The objective of this effort is developing algorithms using sensor track data to detect, track, and classify TBM targets and predict TBM trajectory during boost phase. These algorithms will support engagement prioritization and optimize intercept probability for an airborne weapon layer of missile defense. Corvid proposes a multi-mode sensor suite of RF and IR sensors on the host airborne platform for an accurate airborne defense capability. Corvids innovation for this topic is the use of high fidelity radar sensor modeling capabilities to develop and test radar algorithms for various components of an airborne missile defense layer. The use of synthetic radar data will allow us to build a robust airborne weapon system against a variety of scenarios and ballistic missile threat classes. In Phase I we will demonstrate the ability to detect, track, and classify the threat, and lay the framework for a full sensor architecture for further refinement in Phase II.BENEFIT:This effort will produce a capability to supply algorithms within an HWIL environment for the Air Force and MDA. Potential customers include primes (Raytheon, LM) and the proposed work is synergetic with work being done at FFRDC laboratories (MIT/LL, JHU/APL) Methodologies developed under this effort have the potential to support the improvement of other sensor networks across MDA including satellites and flare tracking.


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 124.69K | Year: 2015

The objective of this effort is to improve first principles physics based models for predicting post-intercept debris at late-times. Current techniques terminate the debris scene at a very short time after intercept due to high computational costs of physics based models. Simple ballistic propagation is applied to the debris, which can lead to inaccuracies because of late-time deformation or component interaction. Corvid proposes to utilize the recently implemented implicit solver in its in-house hydro-structural code, Velodyne, to improve late-time debris predictions. The implicit solver will capture the late-time lower rate dynamics after the explicit solver models the high rate shock events. Numerical timesteps of the implicit formulation are three times larger than the explicit, so coupling these solvers will optimize accuracy and runtime efficiency. This will lead to better sensor characterization of post-intercept debris scenes for ballistic missile system design and testing. Approved for Public Release 14-MDA-8047 (14 Nov 14)


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 995.36K | Year: 2015

It is important that the sensor signatures of models used in missile defense simulations match the fidelity requirements of the system being tested or assessed. For radar systems this corresponds to having Radar Cross Section (RCS) characterizations that stimulate the features associated with important radar functions. In the Phase I of this program we demonstrated the ability to improve the RCS characterization of post-intercept debris and solid rocket motor debris using novel high-fidelity electromagnetic solvers and began the process of integrating these signatures in missile defense simulations. These improvements in signature estimation allow for more realistic models and greater confidence in simulation results. In this SBIR Phase II proposal we detail our plans to extend this progress by improving the efficiency, accuracy, and usability of our process to estimate the RCS of debris. The plan includes benchmarking the process to anechoic chamber measurements and demonstrating the improvements. Approved for Public Release 15-MDA-8169 (20 March 15)


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 994.12K | Year: 2015

In the proposed effort, Corvid Technologies will continue development of fast-running models for debris aeroheating and ablation, based on high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics and material response methods. The improved models, along with existing fast-running algorithms for post-intercept debris effects, will be incorporated into a software suite tailored for range safety assessments. This suite will offer significant improvements in test planning and design to test and evaluation personnel and at the major missile defense test ranges. Approved for Public Release 15-MDA-8169 (20 March 15)

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