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Verus Research Improving Directed Energy Safety

In support of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract, Verus Research will collaborate with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing to assess the safety risks associated with employment of directed energy systems.

The newly awarded effort seeks to enhance optical and radio frequency (RF) bio-effects modeling tools by integrating outputs from propagation simulation tools operating in the same wavelengths. These tools include the Joint RF Effectiveness Model (JREM) and Scaling for High Energy Laser and Relay Engagement (SHaRE) model.

In commenting on this latest initiative, Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, Verus Research’s Chief Technology Officer, highlighted the opportunity to infuse the Company’s “deep domain experience” in propagation modeling into efforts that improve the safety margins on the nation’s latest directed energy technologies.  Dr. DelGrande also praised the Verus Research technical team for providing a compelling path forward in support of a first-time customer, the 711th Human Performance Wing.

 

Verus Research Awarded STTR for Autonomous Spacecraft Control

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate has awarded Verus Research a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract to enhance the safety and reliability of autonomous spacecraft.

Working with its university partner, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Verus Research will improve the safety and reliability of spacecraft guidance, navigation, and control algorithms.  Fundamental to the effort is the development of mathematically rigorous methods to test all possible configurations of guidance algorithms, leading to a formal verification process to ensure autonomous spacecraft operate safely in all regimes.

Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, Verus Research Chief Technology Officer, noted that this effort “represents an important milestone as the Company continues to expand into new technology areas” and is the Company’s first prime contract award with the Space Vehicles Directorate.

Verus Research awarded 5-year, $11 million “HPM Effects” contract

The Air Force Research Laboratory, Directed Energy Directorate, has awarded Verus Research an $11,000,000, 5-year, single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to research high-power electromagnetics effects on analog and digital electronic systems.

Also known as the “RDH-1 Call 6 HPM Effects” contract, the scope of work applies to all aspects of assessing the effectiveness of high power microwave (HPM) systems, including empirical effects testing, effectiveness modeling, predictive effects, battle damage assessment, and emerging technologies.

Verus Research Chief Technology Officer, Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, noted the company’s team of experts will creatively employ their advanced capabilities in basic research, design, development, instrumentation, testing, modeling, and simulation to achieve important advancements that bolster the Nation’s security.

Please see the related coverage in Military & Aerospace Electronics at http://www.militaryaerospace.com/articles/2017/10/electronics-killing-hpem-weapons.html.

Verus Research awarded 3-year, $4.39 million “Agile HPRF” contract

Verus Research has been awarded a 3-year, $4.39 million contract to support the Naval Surface Warfare Center (Dahlgren Division) with Frequency Agile High Power Radio Frequency (HPRF) Source Development, also known as “Agile HPRF.”  The contract vehicle is administered via the Department of Defense (DoD) Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC).

Under Agile HPRF, Verus Research will upgrade Dahlgren’s Ground Mobile High Power Microwave test bed and provide novel prime power, pulse power, HPRF source, and antenna concepts for future systems.  Efforts will include HPRF modeling and simulation, as well as a significant amount of hardware development, installation, and testing.

Some of these activities are planned to occur at Verus Research’s new Midway Park laboratory facility.

According to Verus Research Chief Technology Officer Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, “this award is the culmination of a significant team effort, expanding Verus Research capabilities into HPRF system design, development, and testing.”

$2.3 Million High Power Electromagnetic Transitions Task Order Awarded to Verus Research

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate has awarded Verus Research a $2.3 million task order for High Power Electromagnetic (HPEM) Transitions.  This work is part of a previously awarded and significantly larger indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract.

The “Transitions” effort examines existing and emerging HPEM technologies that can be integrated into existing and future employment platforms.  The focus is on the planning capability concepts (PCCs) that will describe the technology, as well as the capabilities and performance of candidate integrated platforms.

Based on the PCCs, Verus Research will perform operational utility assessments to determine the effectiveness of the concept and its impact on mission operations.  The HPEM concept assessment and technical studies will then be used to determine the technical areas requiring further development and the risk mitigation efforts to be pursued in order to demonstrate the technical capability.