Fourth Straight Flying 40 Win for Verus Research

Verus Research is #1 in revenue growth in New Mexico among companies with more than $10 million in annual revenue.  This is Verus Research’s fourth consecutive Flying 40 honor.

The awards, which began in 1998, aim to recognize the achievements of some of New Mexico’s top-performing technology companies, while celebrating their critical contributions to the state’s economy.

We invite you to see the coverage in the Albuquerque Journal.

Verus Research Wins Follow-On Work in Autonomous Spacecraft Control

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate has awarded Verus Research a 2-year, $750,000 contract for “Certification and Validation of Algorithms for Resilient Complex Software Controlled Systems.”  This Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) effort is a follow-on to a successful Phase I program in the same technology domain.

Under the program, Verus Research will develop software tools that aid in the design and monitoring of satellite maneuvers.  Satellites must obey many pointing requirements, avoid orbit conflicts, and manage other considerations to gather data, communicate, and protect sensitive equipment.  With this in mind, Verus Research will develop the algorithms necessary to ensure these requirements are satisfied during satellite controller design with the resulting performance able to be monitored in real-time for continued assurance.

According to Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, “this is further evidence of Verus Research’s advanced capabilities in providing the AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate with cutting edge technology solutions.”

Biggest Ever Verus Research Contract Supports Non-Kinetic Test & Evaluation

The U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) has awarded Verus Research a $48 million indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with a 10-year ordering period.  The contract, Test & Evaluation Non-Kinetic, or TEN-K, will enable Verus Research to improve the U.S. Department of Defense’s ability to test the effectiveness of rapidly developing non-kinetic capabilities, including directed energy, electronic warfare, and nuclear systems.  This award represents the largest in Company history.

Work on this project will include the design and development of agile surrogate high-power microwave (HPM) systems; specialized sensors, instrumentation, and diagnostics required to validate performance of non-kinetic systems; and continued development of our dense plasma focus capability.  All of these technical outcomes will serve to create enhanced and enduring capabilities for the nation’s major range and test facility infrastructure.

Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, Verus Research’s Chief Technology Officer, commented on the magnitude of the achievement, noting “I can’t say enough about how proud I am of our team’s efforts which have enabled our growing role as a leader in directed energy technologies and diagnostic systems.”  Dr. DelGrande further highlighted the fact that “Verus Research continues to provide innovative solutions for our customers’ most difficult technical challenges.”

Massive Win on HPEM Effects Modeling and Validation

Continuing a busy and exciting month, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate has just awarded Verus Research a 5-year, $6 million effort to collect and analyze empirical effects data against a broad range of electronics.  Under the scope of work, Verus Research will also perform basic research on the mechanisms of high-power electro-magnetic (HPEM) effects at the device, circuit, and system levels.

Using the data collected, Verus Research will then develop computational predictive tools, validate predictive models, and advance the state of the art in HPEM-related battle damage assessment methodologies.  Additional efforts will investigate emerging technologies to collect vulnerability data associated with novel HPEM waveforms.

Commenting on this award, Verus Research’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, noted the continuing recognition of the Verus Research team “as a national leader in high-power microwave effects modeling and testing” as well as the “diligence and ingenuity of the Verus Research team in solving our customers’ most difficult technical problems.”

Verus Research Furthers its Industry Leadership in Dense Plasma Focus Technology

In support of the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation and under a sub-contract from Leidos Innovations, Verus Research has been awarded a 1-year, $2.3 million effort to further its ongoing dense plasma focus (DPF) research and technology maturation program.

With the objective of demonstrating DPF as a viable technology for testing mission-critical Defense Department systems in high-neutron environments, Verus Research will enhance neutron yields, increase reliability and repeatability of technical outcomes, and optimize the exposure of tested devices to the neutron-rich environment.  Downstream, these efforts will lead directly to collaboration with a U.S. Government-selected site on eventual hosting of DPF technology insertion activities in support of follow-on operations and testing.

According to Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, Verus Research Chief Technology Officer, “this award finalizes our DPF science and technology advancements and is the first step to seeing the capability realized in an operational environment.”

Verus Research Breaking New Ground on Antenna Miniaturization

In support of the U.S. Army’s Space & Missile Defense Command, Verus Research has been awarded a 2-year, $1 million Phase II Small Business Innovative Research contract to build efficient, electrically small, broadband antennas to complement newly designed transmitter systems across the Department of Defense.

Leveraging organically developed proprietary technologies, Verus Research can now quickly optimize these small antennas to meet user requirements for size, weight, dispersion, gain, side lobes, power handling, and polarization.

New work under this effort will, according to Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, Verus Research’s Chief Technology Officer, move from single antenna optimization to development of a full antenna array intended for integration with a mobile transmitter system being developed by a large aerospace prime contractor for operational deployment.