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.”
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.”
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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.”
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.”
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.
The Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation – known as PEO STRI – has awarded Verus Research a 4-year, $7.9M contract to develop test and evaluation (T&E) technologies for directed energy systems.
Working with top-tier subcontractors and key technology vendors, Verus Research will lead the Solutions for Rapid Acquisition and Demonstration (SRAD) program to support the Army with system design, prototype test sources, instrumentation tools, user requirements definition, and employment concept development.
Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, Verus Research’s Chief Technology Officer, commented that this effort “further enhances our already burgeoning work in directed energy instrumentation, system development, and weapon system analysis,” all of which advances the nation’s capabilities in directed energy T&E.
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate has awarded Verus Research a 5-year, 3-phase, $7.2-million contract to advance the state of the art in high-power radio frequency pulse-shaping, triggerable sealed switches for high-power microwave (HPM) applications.
Working with teammate, ASR Corporation, Verus Research will develop triggered sealed switches for sub-microsecond, high-voltage pulsed power applications. The Verus Research team, under the direction of Dr. Matt Domonkos, will solve technical challenges, such as optimizing sealed tube geometry, managing the high voltages and currents involved, and ensuring the switches will be operationally ready even after years of storage. The successful effort will facilitate future fielding of smaller and more portable HPM systems.
According to Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, Verus Research Chief Technology Officer, this key win “leveraged several of the Company’s earlier technology initiatives and represents a significant corporate advancement into the development of pulsed power” and other supporting technologies for future HPM systems.