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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.97K | Year: 2012

Redondo Optics Inc. (ROI), in collaboration with Center for High Technology Materials at the University of New Mexico proposes to design, produce, extensively test, and demonstrate the performance of a next generation integrated electrophoretic capillary


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Agency: Department of Health and Human Services | Branch: National Institutes of Health | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 222.93K | Year: 2015

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant The goal of this proposal is to develop a convenient and portable electrophoretic plasmonic nanopore EPN GeneS tm DNA sequencing system that will enable the rapid reliable and automated DNA sequencing of an entire human genome within minutes at a cost $ that will revolutionize biological research and medicine The fundamental innovation is based on an electrophoretic plasmonic nanopore system nm use to slow and control the translocation rate of single stranded DNA molecules over wide ranges to enable accurate fast throughput massively parallel and real time single base pair optical recognition The propose EPN GeneS tm sequencer uses a cost effective and disposable fully integrated electrophoretic plasmonic nanopore EPN biochip that is interrogated via a custom andquot Smartandquot cell phone attachment device that integrates opto fluidics for electrophoretic fluid motion control standard multi wavelength semiconductor laser diodes pump andamp stokes to excite the vibrational modes of the translocating DNA and label free visualization of the scattered Raman spectral signature of the DNA base pair sequence using holographic filters integrated to the high resolution cell phone camera to acquire and process the sequence images via web connectivity resulting in a cost affordable $ DNA sequencing device In Phase I we will demonstrate the capability to control translocation rate of long DNA i e Lambda DNA molecule through the fractal plasmonic nanoporous structures to enable the real time recognition of the base pair DNA sequence using optical imaging techniques In Phase II we will optimize and integrate the EPN GeneS tm nanofluidic biochips to achieve a cost affordable $ high quality and reliable complete DNA sequencing device PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE Complete sequencing of the human genome is this millenniumandapos s discovery goal Rapid advances in DNA sequencing is ushering the era of personal genomics to the point that every individual will have access to the complete DNA sequence of their genome for a modest cost In Phase I of this program ROI will demonstrate the capability to electrophoretically slow and control the translocation rate of long ssDNA through the fractal plasmonic nanoporous andquot roofandquot structure and identify in real time the translocating ssDNA single base pairs using SECARS imaging techniques If successful a complete sequence of a long ssDNA from a sample such as Lambda DNA will be determined In Phase II ROI will optimize and integrate the EPN GeneS tm nanofluidic biochips to a low cost opto fluidics prototype system that can transition to FDA approval and early entry to the next generation sequencing commercial market


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 79.97K | Year: 2013

Redondo Optics Inc. (ROI) proposes to design, build, bench and fly test, and deliver to the Navy an innovative light weight, high-speed, and self-powered wireless fiber optic sensor (WiFOS) structural health monitor system suitable for the onboard and in-flight unattended detection, localization, and classification of load, fatigue, and structural damage within the blades, rotor gears, shafts of a helicopter rotor and to wirelessly transmit the acquired and processed sensor data from the rotating frame of the rotor to a remote wireless data-logger receiver/gateway located in the non-rotating frame of the rotor assembly. In Phase I, ROI will focus on developing a multi-channel WiFOS SHM system that minimizes power consumption and maximizes power generation. Specifically, ROI will assemble a self-power, wireless WiFOS transceiver interrogation system based on ROI"s monolithic integrated optics microchip technology, integrated with smart power management, on-board data processing, and wireless data transmission optoelectronics, and self-power using energy harvesting. In Phase II, the WiFOS system will be engineer into a fly qualifyable system for testing and demonstration aboard a Navy helicopter platform such as the H-60, H-1, H-53, or V-22. In Phase III, with the support of a strategic partner, the WiFOS technology will be transitioned to Navy operations.


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.96K | Year: 2013

ABSTRACT: Redondo Optics Inc. (ROI proposes to develop, ground and fly test, and deliver to the Air Force a low-cost next generation, aircraft ready, self-reference (T & P compensated) multi-point fiber optic oxygen sensor (FOxSense) network system for the real-time in-situ monitoring of the oxygen ullage environment for the closed-loop fuel tank inerting lightning protection warning system of tactical aircraft. The proposed next generation FOxSense system is based on the integration of ROI"s proven and previously demonstrated state-of-the-art technologies: 1) the use of self-reference, temperature and pressure compensated, fuel inert fiber optic oxygen sensors 2) the use of fluorescence lifetime signal processing electronics; and 3) the use of advanced sensor calibration algorithms. In Phase I, ROI will assemble, and demonstrate the performance of a next generation FOxSense system for the safety in-situ monitoring of the oxygen environment of a fuel tank that will comply with all target performance specification. In Phase II, the MIL-SPEC aircraft ready FOxSense oxygen network system will be qualified on a relevant tactical aircraft platform. In Phase III the FOxSense system will be transitioned to the Air Force for integration to the closed-loop OBIGS system of a tactical aircraft, and to the commercial avionics sector. BENEFIT: The self-reference multi-point FOxSense oxygen network system represents a new, innovative, and reliable solution for the in-situ measurement of the oxygen ullage fuel-tank environment of tactical jet fighter aircraft. Its aircraft ready compact package, lightweight, and power efficient multi-point FOxSense network system with build-in intrinsic T & P self-referencing, on-board embedded calibration, state-of-the-art data transmission, compatibility with existing fiber optic aircraft networks and cost affordable price makes it a very attractive solution for a large number of fuel-tank, cryogenic fuel-tanks, and cargo compartment fire prevention oxygen monitoring applications in aircraft, rotorcraft, space craft, submarines, and ships, as well as in the commercial medical, bio-tech, bio-remediation, nuclear, oil and gas, chemical and environment control industry.


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 249.97K | Year: 2014

Redondo Optics Inc. (ROI) proposes to design, build, bench and fly test, and deliver to the Navy an innovative light weight, high-speed, and self-powered wireless fiber optic sensor (WiFOS) structural health monitor system suitable for the onboard and in-flight unattended detection, localization, and classification of load, fatigue, and structural damage within the blades, rotor gears, shafts of a helicopter rotor and to wirelessly transmit the acquired and processed sensor data from the rotating frame of the rotor to a remote wireless data-logger receiver/gateway located in the non-rotating frame of the rotor assembly. In Phase II, ROI will continue with the engineering development of a multi-channel WiFOS SHM system that minimizes size, weight, and power consumption and maximizes power generation. Specifically, the WiFOS system will be engineer into a fly qualifyable system for testing and demonstration aboard a Navy helicopter platform such as the H-60, H-1, H-53, or V-22. In Phase III, with the support of a strategic partner, the WiFOS technology will be transitioned to Navy and DoD helicopter operations, as well as to the commercial avionics, aerospace, oil & gas, petrochemical, civil, and security SHM sectors.


Grant
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 749.88K | Year: 2011

The goal of this project is to develop, demonstrate, and deliver to NASA an innovative, portable, and power efficient Remote UV Fluorescence Lifetime Spectrometer (RUVPhaseTM) for the in-situ robotic or manned crew planetary scientific exploration and investigation of surface and subsurface geophysical terrain. The RUVPhaseTMsystem is based on the integration of ROI's leading technologies: 1) frequency domain fluorescence lifetime-resolved imaging spectroscopy using time gated "phase-locked" detection, 2) steady-state fluorescence miniature spectrometer, and 3) remote fiber optic laser induced UV fluorescence detection. The RUVPhaseTMtechnology addresses the problem of developing a compact, energy efficient, fast detection, and highly sensitive UV Fluorescence Lifetime Spectrometer to remotely detect and measure fluorescence signals from geophysical lunar materials such as minerals and organic species that exhibit characteristic fluorescence signatures in the UV-Visible spectrum with relatively low fluorescence quantum efficiencies. The innovativeness of the miniature RUVPhaseTMsystem will support a large variety of NASA terrestrial and space scientific discovery applications for chemical and biological materials identification and characterization as well as in the commercial market for medical and biological applications, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, environmental science, and defense and homeland security applications.


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 749.48K | Year: 2011

Redondo Optics Inc. (ROI), proposes to develop and demonstrate a next generation integrated electrophoretic nanofluidic biochip (INTRay-Nanochip) sensor platform for the"label-less"THz spectroscopy finger printing of biological species and agents. In the proposed Phase II of this program, ROI will focus on the engineering development of a manufacturable optical nanolithography technology to enable the cost affordable production of disposable fully integrated electrophoretic nanofluidic biochip arrays, and to use the develop nanofluidic biochips for the extensive THz testing and assessment of the INTRay-Nanochip effectiveness for the THz fingerprinting detection, identification, and classification of biological materials and/or bio-agent targets. Nanotechnology is emerging as the critical field for the next generation evolution of analytical biochip technology that will provide significant breakthroughs for affecting biomedicine. At the completion of the Phase II program, ROI will have develop a manufacturable cost affordable nanolithography production of disposable INTRay-Nanochip arrays for the accurate label-less THz spectroscopy detection and identification of biological species such as DNA, RNA, proteins, and enzymes to enable the detection and identification of biological species. The range of commercial applications for the INTRay-Nanochip technology is very broad covering fields as different as pharmaceutical development, food testing, clinical diagnostics, forensics, environmental analysis, and biodefense.


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 79.99K | Year: 2015

Redondo Optics Inc. (ROI), proposes to design, build, and demonstrate to the Navy an no-moving-parts, ultra-low power, light weight, and miniature size, multi-channel optical fiber interrogation (MOFIS?) structural health monitor system suitable for the in-situ non-intrusive integration to a helicopter composite blade to enable the in-flight distributed multi-point measurement of true-strain, temperature, vibration, and impacts associated with excessive loads, fatigue, and structural damage within the composite blades structure. In Phase I, ROI will design, engineer, and assemble a laboratory prototype of stand-alone multi-channel MOFIS? transceiver interrogation system and use it to interrogate an array (≥15-channels) of FBG sensor transducers deployed over a single sensor fiber with a spectral dynamic range of ?10,000-microstrains and a resolution of 0.1-microstrains suitable for the real time structural health monitoring of rotorcraft blades. In Phase II will produce a field deployable ultra-low power, small form factor MOFIS? SHM system and demonstrate its performance for operation under the environment conditions of a helicopter rotor blade. In Phase III, with the support of a strategic partner, the WiFOS technology will be transitioned to Navy operations.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 747.96K | Year: 2015

ABSTRACT: Redondo Optics Inc. (ROI) proposes to develop, ground and fly test, and deliver to the Air Force a low-cost next generation, aircraft ready, self-reference (T & P compensated) multi-point fiber optic oxygen sensor (FOxSense) network system for the real-time in-situ monitoring of the oxygen ullage environment for the closed-loop fuel tank inerting lightning protection warning system of tactical aircraft. The proposed next generation FOxSense system is based on the integration of ROIs proven and previously demonstrated state-of-the-art technologies: 1) the use of self-reference, temperature and pressure compensated, fuel inert fiber optic oxygen sensors 2) the use of fluorescence lifetime signal processing electronics; and 3) the use of advanced sensor calibration algorithms. In Phase II, the MIL-SPEC aircraft ready FOxSense oxygen network system will be qualified on a relevant tactical aircraft platform. In Phase IIB, ROI will engineer and produce a third generation fly qualifyable FOxSense oxygen monitoring system with a foot-print design that complies with the engineering requirements of the F-35 aircraft. In Phase III the FOxSense system will be transitioned to the Air Force for integration to the closed-loop OBIGS system of a tactical aircraft, and to the commercial avionics sector. BENEFIT: The self-reference multi-point FOxSense oxygen network system represents a new, innovative, and reliable solution for the in-situ measurement of the oxygen ullage fuel-tank environment of tactical jet fighter aircraft. Its aircraft ready compact package, lightweight, and power efficient multi-point FOxSense network system with build-in intrinsic T&P self-referencing, on-board embedded calibration, state-of-the-art data transmission, compatibility with existing fiber optic aircraft networks and cost affordable price makes it a very attractive solution for a large number of fuel-tank, cryogenic fuel-tanks, and cargo compartment fire prevention oxygen monitoring applications in aircraft, rotorcraft, space craft, submarines, and ships, as well as in the commercial medical, bio-tech, bio-remediation, nuclear, oil and gas, chemical and environment control industry.


Grant
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 121.97K | Year: 2016

In Phase I, Redondo Optics Inc. proposes to develop, demonstrate, and deliver to NASA a unique fully integrated, miniature, lightweight, self-powered, wireless communication embedded optical fiber sensor (EFISense?) SHM system suitable for the time-synchronized distributed monitoring of passive and dynamic loads/stress/strains within the strands, rope, and fabric of large and entire cross-sections of NASA?s trailing body deployable decelerator systems such as parachutes and ballutes to provide immediate information to the crew of any detected fault or structural damage within the decelerator representing a valuable safety early warning protection for the crew and space vehicles. The EFISense system is based on the strategic integration of key technologies including the use of distributed array of embedded fiber Bragg gratings sensor weaved within the strands, yarn, and/or fabric of parachutes or ballutes decelerators, and the use of ROI?s proprietary WDM/TDM photonic integrated circuit (PIC) microchip technology that enables the production of a lightweight, compact, and self-power (battery) operation of a multiplex EFISense? transceiver sensor interrogation system. In Phase II, the EFISense SHM system will be engineered into a stand-alone autonomous system and integrated into an airborne ready decelerator prototype system and tested under load environments representative of decelerator decent missions. When developed, the miniature self-power EFISense? SHM system will provide a new and innovative global coverage SHM solution for NASA?s trailing body decelerator technologies as well as other spacecraft systems where size, weight, and power are critical for operation.

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