DOD SBIR 24.2 Annual

Active
No
Status
Open
Release Date
April 17th, 2024
Open Date
May 15th, 2024
Due Date(s)
June 12th, 2024
Close Date
June 12th, 2024
Topic No.
MDA242-D002

Topic

Nanosecond Quantum Timing in Threat Vehicle Form Factor Nanosecond Timing

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024

Summary

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the topic "Nanosecond Quantum Timing in Threat Vehicle Form Factor Nanosecond Timing" as part of their SBIR 24.2 Annual solicitation. The topic is under the Missile Defense Agency branch. The objective of the solicitation is to develop a nanosecond atomic clock in a form factor of .25L or less with a loss of 10 ns or less per day. The technology is aimed at providing secure and accurate timing for government vehicles and sensors, with applications in navigation, communication, and cyber security. The onboard clocks must be capable of high precision and serve as a duplicative timing source to Global Positioning Systems. The project will have a Phase I and Phase II, with Phase I proposals requiring a demonstrated technical feasibility or nascent capability. Phase II will involve completing a detailed prototype design incorporating government performance requirements. The ultimate goal is to scale up the capability from the prototype into a mature, full-scale, fieldable capability in Phase III. The project duration and funding specifics are not provided in the document. For more information and to submit proposals, interested parties can visit the solicitation agency URL provided.

Description

OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Hypersonics; Emerging Threat Reduction

 

The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals (FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with the Announcement. Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws.

 

OBJECTIVE: Develop a nanosecond atomic clock in .25L or less form factor with 10 ns or less loss per day.

 

DESCRIPTION: A source of secure and accurate timing is a crucial need for government vehicles and sensors.  Exquisite timing is needed for navigation, communication, and cyber security.  Insertion of a timing solution can be complex since it not only affects the platform it is installed on, but communications with all outside entities.  The Government requires onboard clocks able to operate through extreme flight conditions and usable across multiple platforms. The onboard clocks must be capable of very high precision and serve as a duplicative timing source to Global Positioning Systems.

 

PHASE I: Phase I-like proposals will not be evaluated and will be rejected as nonresponsive.  For this topic, the Government expects the small business would have accomplished the following in a Phase I-like effort via some other means, e.g., independent research and development (IRAD) or other source, a concept for a workable prototype or design to address, at a minimum, the basic capabilities of the stated objective above.  Proposal must show, as appropriate, a demonstrated technical feasibility or nascent capability.  The documentation provided must substantiate the proposer’s development of a preliminary understanding of the technology to be applied in their Phase II proposal in meeting topic objectives.  Documentation should comprise all relevant information including but not limited to, technical reports, test data, prototype designs/models, and performance goals/results.  Feasibility = maturity and what have you already done/validated. 

 

Proposers interested in participating in Direct to Phase II must include in their responses to this topic Phase I feasibility documentation that substantiates the scientific and technical merit and Phase I feasibility described in Phase I above has been met.  (i.e., the small business must have performed a proof of concept like “Phase I” component and/or other validation in a relevant environment, and/or at a much higher TRL level (5 or higher) and describe the potential commercialization applications.  The documentation provided must validate that the proposer has completed development of technology in previous work or research completed.) 

 

IRAD work, previous Phase I/Phase II work:  Documentation should include the most relevant information including, but not limited to:  technical reports, test data, prototype designs/models, and/or performance goals/results.  Work submitted within the feasibility documentation must have been substantially performed by the proposer and/or the principal investigator (PI).

 

PHASE II: Complete a detailed prototype design incorporating government performance requirements. Coordinate with the Government during prototype design and development to ensure that the delivered products would be relevant to an ongoing missile defense architecture and data types and structures.

 

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Scale-up the capability from the prototype utilizing the new technologies developed in Phase II into a mature, full scale, fieldable capability.  Work with missile defense integrators to integrate the technology into a missile defense system level test-bed and test in a relevant environment.

 

REFERENCES:

Schmittberger, Bonnie L., and David R. Scherer. "A review of contemporary atomic frequency standards." arXiv preprint arXiv:2004.09987 (2020).
P. Guo, H. Meng, L. Dan and J. Zhao, "Wafer-Level Assembly of Physics Package for Chip-Scale Atomic Clocks," in IEEE Sensors Journal, vol. 22, no. 7, pp. 6387-6398, 1 April1, 2022, doi: 10.1109/JSEN.2022.3151407.
Bandi, Thejesh N. "A Comprehensive Overview of Atomic Clocks and their Applications." Biology, Engineering, Medicine and Science Reports 9.1 (2023): 1-10.

 

KEYWORDS: quantum; clock; timing; encryption; navigation; PNT; communication

 

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