High Reliability, Low EMI, Wide Bandgap Power Conversion for Air & Space Applications

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Innovation

This program continues the development of soft switching power conversion technology using wide band gap power semiconductors. Soft switching reduces component and system-level electromagnetic interference (EMI) issues regardless of the application. The soft switching control approach enables parallel operation of disparate power generation sources. It offers high reliability, rock-solid system stability when powering unruly loads including constant power and pulsed loads. This project will demonstrate soft switching in a...

Advanced High Voltage DC Generator System for Aerospace with Rapid Dynamic Response

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Innovation

Proposed generator would be an enabler of directed energy weapons (e.g. lasers), which are fundamentally more precise and less expensive to operate than their traditional counterparts.

Objectives 

This project seeks to increase power density, controllability, reliability, and manufacturability of HVDC generator systems. The four work packages detailed below focus on addressing these four technical challenges, respectively. 

  1. High-Speed HVDC Generator Rotor High-rotor speed enables high power density in generators, but presents...

Thin-film Crystals for High-speed Optical Modulation

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Innovation

Develop thin-film lithium niobate on insulator technology for100 GHz optical modulation in telecom and DoD applications.

Objective

Electrooptic (EO) crystals, in particular lithium niobate (LN),are critically important for high-speed optical modulation. They are used in applications such as high data-rate optical fiber communications and high frequency receivers. Achieving the high modulation rates needed for fifth/sixth generation technology standards for broadband cellular networks (5G/6G) and defense applications is challenging. As a...

Electronically Dimmable Protective Eyewear

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Innovation

Further development of electronically dimmable protective eyewear started under a 2020 Air Force Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from Wright Patterson Air Force Base to production level product. The goal of the current Phase II is to advance the relevant material and drive electronics of the current e-Tint system. Funding from OFRN is requested to advance the program from a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6-7 to a TRL 8-9...

Autonomous Capabilities for CASEVAC and Resupply in Urban Environments (ACCRUE)

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Innovation

Developing and building on several technologies to enable more capable, reliable, and safe autonomous flights in congested urban areas and other severe geographical environments, all hosted on Asymmetric’s IronClad SecureFlight Controller as the central, secure hub hosting.

Background

Certain emerging autonomous/unmanned aerial system (UAS) mission capabilities offer great promise for increasing soldier safety and mission effectiveness. These specific UAS mission types include casualty evacuation and medical evacuation (CASEVAC and...

ALTITUDE: Affordable LIDAR Technologies for IntegraTion and Unmanned Deployment

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Innovation

The project will address sensor needs in the commercial aerospace and defense markets by developing low cost, manufacturable, and miniaturized Flash Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technologies that operate at 1.55 and 2 micron wavelengths, which are currently unavailable commercially. We will engage student interns in all phases of the research as part of our efforts to train a high-tech workforce and establish Ohio as a leader in Flash LiDAR...

LAWN (Low Altitude Weather Network)

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Innovation

Ground-based, weather sensor network to provide vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicles with the real-time, low-altitude, high-fidelity, visibility, wind and icing data to operate in Ohio.

Objective 

Ohio’s “LAWN” (Low Altitude Weather Network) will provide VTOL’s and the advanced air mobility (AAM) ecosystem with the weather data needed to reduce accidents, comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, and improve VTOL operator efficiency in the low-altitude/beyond visual line of site (BVLOS) Ohio...