sensors

February 10, 2020
 
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology directorate is working with four companies to develop sensors to help thwart wildfires threatening urban areas. Credit: U.S. Bureau of Land Management photo

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) selected four new industry partners to participate in a new wildfire sensors project with Smart City Internet of Things Innovation (SCITI) Labs.

August 27, 2019
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
Sensors like those the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and Intellisense Systems are developing can help give residents ample notice to evacuate before water levels such as those experienced on the Arkansas River in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, earlier this year. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Deployable flood inundation sensors based on the Internet of Things are being developed to monitor flood-prone areas in real time to rapidly detect them and alert officials, industry and citizens to potential threats. State and local government jurisdictions operationally field tested early versions of the technology over a nine-month period. During the next phase, the sensors will be enhanced for production and commercialization to both domestic and international partners to help densify their flood sensing networks for alerts, warnings and notifications.

June 10, 2019
 

L3 Communications MariPro Inc., Goleta, California, is awarded a $41,440,334 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, sole-source contract to provide support services to sustain U.S. and allied navy training and test and evaluation ranges around the world. L3 will repair or replace original equipment manufacturer systems. Services and associated deliverables include the design, production and installation of both shore electronic systems and ocean sensor system hardware assemblies; operation and maintenance of the delivered hardware to support operational test events of the delivered system, and data products identified in the contract data requirements lists.

February 22, 2019
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, is awarded $33,373,999 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00044 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0035). This modification provides for the redesign, integration and test of radio frequency sensors as part of a cost reduction initiative in support of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile. Work will be performed in Wayne, New Jersey (40 percent); Nashua, New Hampshire (40 percent); and Orlando, Florida (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2021.

June 26, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
A French unmanned aerial vehicle hovers in front of a crowd during a demonstration at the Brunei Darussalam International Defense Exhibition in Bandar Seri Begawan in 2013. The exercise focuses on multilateral relationships and enhances preparedness for disasters and other operations.

Drones are leaving the battlefield in droves, increasingly taking on non-lethal civilian and humanitarian missions as aid groups and private companies capitalize on technology that not only is more common, but more affordable and manageable.

August 4, 2014
 

Raytheon Company, McKinney, Texas, is being awarded an $18,207,740 job order, which is a combination of cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price to previously awarded contract N00164-12-G-JQ66 for Common Sensor Payload (CSP) AN/AAS-53 repairs and sustainment support. CSP AN/AAS-53 repairs and sustainment support, which includes depot repair, spare analysis, program management, configuration management, software maintenance, field support repair, field support engineering support in the continental United States, engineering support, reliability and logistical support, and software support.

July 14, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Army’s Project Manager of Robotic Systems Joint Project Office, Warren, Michigan, is conducting market research to see what companies can provide a lightweight common robotic system (CRS) for dismounted soldiers.

July 3, 2014
 

EastCor Engineering LLC, Easton, Maryland, was awarded a $29,405,380 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Magnum Project advanced research and development and operational field testing and assessments using novel sensor systems for enhanced target detection and location. The Army Contracting Command, Adelphi Division, Adelphi, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QX-14-D-0002).

June 6, 2014
 

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $7,051,595 contract (FA8650-14-C-5502) for the Affordable Radio Frequency Multifunction Sensors (ARMS) program. Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Electronic Systems, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, has been awarded a $3,750,297 contract (FA8650-14-C-5503). The ARMS program will focus on developing new manufacturing processes to enable an increase in reliability and a decrease in cycle time and costs for Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) sensors.

May 30, 2014
 

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Largo, Florida, is being awarded an $11,014,015 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-5231) to exercise an option for five AN/USG-3B Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) Airborne Systems. CEC is a sensor netting system that significantly improves battle force anti-air warfare capability by extracting and distributing sensor-derived information such that the superset of this data is available to all participating CEC units. CEC improves battle force effectiveness by improving overall situational awareness and by enabling longer range, cooperative, multiple, or layered engagement strategies.

May 30, 2014
 

Sechan Electronics Inc., Lititz, Pennsylvania, is being awarded an $8,734,680 firm-fixed-price delivery order under previously awarded contract (N00024-12-D-5203) for production of Signal Data Processor – Sierra (SDP-S) assemblies in support of the Cooperative Engagement Capabilities (CEC) program. The SDP-S assemblies provide an open architecture assembly to the CEC systems using commercial-off-the-shelf components. The SDP-S provides the core of the CEC system providing processing capability. The SDP-S assemblies are used on CEC shipboard, airborne and land mobile platforms to provide a composite network picture.

May 9, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Navy has evaluated color-coded chemical detection technology known as colorimetric explosive detection kits, the service recently announced. Colorimetric detection technology is based upon a series of chemical reactions that produce a visual response, most often in the form of a color change dependent upon the molecular structure of the compounds being tested. 

April 8, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Navy has successfully demonstrated the Autonomous Aerial Cargo and Utility System (AACUS), which allows current, full-size helicopters to be remotely controlled by a tablet device. Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, USN, chief of naval research, recently revealed that two young Marines at Quantico, Virginia, were able to land a full-size helicopter autonomously on an unprepared landing site with just one touch on a mini-tablet.

March 20, 2014
 

Advanced Design Corp., Lorton, Va., was awarded an $8,420,987 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for field service technician support to gather data from helmet sensors used to examine mild-traumatic brain injury (concussion). Work will be performed in Afghanistan. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-14-C-0011).

September 23, 2013
George I. Seffers

 

September 23, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
New World Solutions Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $35,748,885 cost-plus-fixed-fee, non-option-eligible, non-multi-year contract to provide the National Guard Intelligence Center with applied remote sensing image science support. The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (Charlottesville), Charlottesville, Va., is the contracting activity (W911W5-13-D-0001).

September 4, 2013
George I. Seffers

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Ga., has been awarded a $24,973,043 cost-plus-fixed-fee, delivery order on an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (HC1047-05-D-4000-0241) for the SENSIAC program executive office for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I), sensors development and integration engineering functions. The contract will explore, through analysis and experimentation, innovative sensor concepts and emerging technologies that will enable improved joint force commander situational awareness and command and control capability. Enterprise Sourcing Group, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity.

June 24, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $7,562,531 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract for the continued procurement and development of a Sea Sentry mast and sensor. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair, Groton, Conn., is the contracting activity.

May 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raytheon Company, McKinney, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $14,606,048 firm-fixed-price, sole-source contract for sensor-sight turrets. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa.

April 19, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Technology Service Corp., Silver Spring, Md., was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a maximum value of $19 million for the development of a route optimization for survivability against sensors system. The Army Contracting Command, Fort Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity. 

April 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raytheon Co., Largo, Fla., is being awarded a $30,020,420 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only modification to previously awarded contract for design agent and engineering services in support of the Cooperative Engagement Capabilities (CEC) program. The CEC is a sensor netting system that significantly improves battle force anti-air warfare capability by extracting and distributing sensor-derived information such that the superset of this data is available to all participating CEC units. CEC improves battle force effectiveness by improving overall situational awareness and by enabling longer range, cooperative, multiple, or layered engagement strategies.

April 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

Sage Management Enterprise LLC, Columbia, Md., is being awarded a $7,955,374 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for advanced multi-integration sensor engineering reports.This contract provides advanced systems engineering, research, and analysis of sensors, networks, and ground stations spanning multiple disciplines to enable the future fielding of operational capabilities.

April 5, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Ga., is being awarded a $7,340,724 contract modification for incorporation of Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) NexGen Sensors onto HC/MC-130J aircraft. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

April 3, 2013
George I. Seffers

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp., Warminster, Pa., is being awarded a $17,970,662 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for engineering, integration, system maintenance/repair services, and training for the continued development of advanced sensors and systems in support of naval aviation missions of the Special Operations Command. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.

April 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
L-3 KEO, Northampton, Mass., is being awarded a $13,396,095 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract for the production of 16 universal modular masts (UMM), a non-hull penetrating mast that is installed on Virginia class submarines and serves as a lifting mechanism for five different sensors including the Photonics Mast Program, high data rate mast, multi-functional mast, multi-functional modular mast and integrated electronic support measures mast. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

March 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

The Applied Physical Sciences Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a potential $21,213,511 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development of configurable technology to provide anti-submarine warfare surveillance over large, operationally relevant, deep ocean areas. This effort will include system architecture and design, sensors and processing, communications mobility, and energy requirements. This contract was competitively procured via a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency broad agency announcement.The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

February 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

 

February 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

Cortana Corp., Falls Church, Va., is being awarded a $7,818,326 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise an option for the research and development of sensors and systems in support of the Advanced Sensor Application Program and the Remote Environmental Sensor Program. Sensors and systems support a variety of naval aviation missions, including air-under-sea warfare, defense suppression, electronic attack, naval warfare and amphibious, strike and anti-surface warfare. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

January 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Ill., is being awarded a $7,190,928 contract modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option to procure 40 sensors, 20 upgrade processors and associated technical data in support of the advanced threat missile warning system, a subsystem of the large aircraft infrared countermeasures system. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.  

December 21, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Frontier Electronic Systems Corp., Stillwater, Okla., is being awarded a $49,567,126 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract using firm-fixed price and cost-plus-fixed-fee orders for AN/SPQ-14(V) Advanced Sensor Distribution System, AN/SPQ-15(V) Data Distribution System equipment and engineering support services in support of the systems procured for shipboard systems. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Va., is the contracting activity. 

December 10, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
L-3 KEO, Northampton, Mass., is being awarded a potential $54,936,636 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed fee contract for production of 16 Universal Modular Masts (UMM) and 142,000 hours of engineering services. The UMM is a non-hull penetrating mast that is installed on Virginia-class submarines that serves as a lifting mechanism for five different sensors including the Photonics Mast Program, High Data Rate Mast, Multi-Functional Mast, Multi-Functional Modular Mast and Integrated Electronic Signal Monitoring Mast. Each sensor is mounted on a UMM. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

October 4, 2012
George I. Seffers

Raytheon Network Centric Systems, St. Petersburg, Fla., is being awarded a $20,334,000 not-to-exceed firm-fixed-price letter contract for Cooperative Engagement Capabilities (CEC) production during fiscal years 2012-2013. CEC is a sensor netting system that significantly improves battle force anti-air warfare capability by extracting and distributing sensor-derived information such that the superset of this data is available to all participating CEC units. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC, is the contracting activity.

September 28, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., was awarded a $56,275,374 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the services in support of sensor technologies to the Army’s current force architecture. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 25, 2014.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Alexandria, Va., is the contracting activity. 

September 28, 2012
George I. Seffers

 

September 26, 2012
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Gyrocam Systems L.L.C., Sarasota, Fla., was awarded an $11,036,550 firm-fixed-price contract for vehicle optics sensor systems and support services. Work will be performed in Sarasota; Afghanistan; and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; with an estimated completion date of May 30, 2013. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Alexandria, Va., is the contracting activity.

September 21, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Raytheon Company, Largo, Fla., is being awarded a $7,008,900 contract modification for engineering support services in support of the Cooperative Engagement Capabilities (CEC) program. The CEC program is a sensor netting system that significantly improves battle force anti-air warfare capability by extracting and distributing sensor-derived information such that the superset of this data is available to all participating CEC units. CEC improves battle force effectiveness by improving overall situational awareness and by enabling longer range, cooperative, multiple, or layered engagement strategies. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC, is the contracting activity. 

September 17, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Science Applications International Corporation, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Intelligence System Services, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $74,400,000 undefinitized contractual action contract modification for fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance of Angel Fire Spiral 2+ Blue Devil Block I. The location of performance is Afghanistan. The contracting activity is Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

August 13, 2012
By George Seffers

ChemImage Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, recently announced that the U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command awarded the company an $811,000 contract for integrating its real-time sensor technology used for standoff detection of explosives into a multi-sensor vehicle screening system. The comprehensive screening system is currently being designed to screen vehicles for explosives. ChemImage Corporation, in conjunction with other detection sensor developers, is working to design a system that will allow military personnel to detect vehicle-borne threats from a safe distance.

July 25, 2012
By George Seffers

Oklahoma State University/University Multispectral Laboratory, Ponca City, Oklahoma, is being awarded a $13,639,889 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed fee, performance-based contract to provide services that bring together research, practical application, and the integration of hardware and software to execute testing and evaluation of sensors and related technologies to fulfill warfighter requirements. This contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to an estimated $49 million. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.

July 17, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Have you ever wanted to delve a little deeper into your smartphone? With the new Sensor Kinetics app, Android owners can test and monitor all the standard sensors available in their devices. From app developers to students, the app is useful for anyone curious about what goes on within their phone. It allows users to quickly see everything sensor-related, from how fast the accelerometer works to if a device has a gyroscope and how accurately it measures the rotation of angles. In addition, the app's help files include numerous experiments to test these features. The app's main screen lists all the device's sensors and related information, including manufacturer's data, measurement, rate, control and power consumption.

March 22, 2011
By George Seffers

 

Manufacturing Techniques Incorporated, Kilmarnock, Virginia, was awarded a $20 million contract to provide 111 Cerberus lite portable surveillance and reconnaissance sensor systems. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

December 21, 2010
By George Seffers

Woolpert Incorporated, Dayton, Ohio, was recently awarded a nearly $15 million contract to provide for the investigation of capability enhancements, including higher-flying platforms, improved imagery resolution and accuracy, improved processing and sensor payloads for improved collection rates. Work is to be performed in Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, and in Afghanistan. The U.S. Army Geospatial Center, Contracting Office, Alexandria, is the contracting activity.

December 1, 2010
By George Seffers

URS Federal Technical Services, Germantown, Maryland, is being awarded a nearly $14 million contract to provide professional support services in support of submarine towed array systems, associated component systems and hull sensor systems. This contract will include services in the areas of program analysis, development, control and monitoring, administration, communication, human resources, business, finance, cost estimating, technical and engineering support, information technology and lifecycle support. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

September 24, 2010
By George Seffers

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia, was awarded a nearly $15 million contract for the Advanced Airlift Tactics and Training Center sensor/countermeasures engineering and training. The U.S. Air Force 55th Contracting Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.

July 15, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

By mid-decade, the U.S. Army should be able to pull together all of its sensor and weapons systems into a single net-centric platform for air defense. This technological family reunion will foster an interoperability that makes future gatherings flow smoothly, both in theater and elsewhere. Like getting grandma and Uncle Joe wired into e-mail or Facebook, the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) program will connect Army forces for quicker data access, and faster action. In this issue of SIGNAL Magazine, Henry S.

June 25, 2010
By Jordan Garegnani

By reinventing technology decades old, researchers have created a new sensor with the ability to perceive nanoscopic amounts of chemical or biological materials. It now awaits development and manufacturing for practical application.

In this month's SIGNAL Magazine, Rita Boland explains the method and impact of new sensor technology in the article "Technology Aims to Trace Sub-Microscopic Troubles."

Scientists Nickolay Lavrik and Panos Datskos at Oak Ridge National Laboratory employ microelectromechanical systems and nanoelectromechanical systems, which have been around a while, to create a generic sensor that can spot a specific substance.

November 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific personnel and sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit ONE retrieve an unmanned underwater vehicle deployed to detect mines and improvised explosives in shallow water environments.

As the U.S. Navy modernizes information systems across the fleet, one organization is responsible for researching, developing and fielding the full range of technologies in the Asia-Pacific region, providing complete life cycle development and support for systems, from concept to fielded capability.

October 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
TRACER is a lightweight, low-frequency synthetic-aperture radar that can peer through foliage, rain, darkness, dust storms, or atmospheric haze to provide real-time, high-quality tactical ground imagery. Lockheed Martin announced in 2012 the system has been integrated into a modular pod for airborne testing on a Blackhawk helicopter or a Predator-B aircraft.

Fiscal year 2015 marks the official kickoff of a U.S. Army program to develop a foliage-penetrating radar that will simultaneously locate still objects and track moving objects from a fast-moving fixed-wing aircraft. The next-generation system is designed specifically for jungle environments such as the Asia-Pacific region, South America and Africa, and by combining multiple capabilities onto one platform, it will allow the service to cut down the number of sensors currently needed.

September 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
A NATO soldier launches a Prox Dynamics PD-100 nanocopter. The U.S. Army is using the system as a surrogate while developing the Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance system.

The U.S. Army is preparing—for the first time—to develop and field micro robotic systems under programs of record, indicating confidence that the technology has matured and years of research are paying off. The small systems will provide individual soldiers and squads with critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data in jungles, buildings and caves that larger systems can’t reach. Ideally, they will become valued combat team members.

July 16, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab this week wrapped up an Advanced Warfighting Experiment (AWE) in the jungles of Hawaii, which tested a total of 16 systems including unmanned ground vehicles. The experiment was part of the July 9 -14 Rim of the Pacific exercise and could help determine how future Marine forces will fight and which technologies they will use.

The experiment included Marines aboard Navy ships as well as three company landing teams, a relatively new organization construct for the service. The company landing teams are altered rifle companies and represent a different approach to the Battalion Landing Team.