Capco has been actively engaged in Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs since 2010, winning (5) Phase I SBIRs, (3) Phase II SBIRs and (1) Phase I STTR.  These programs offer small, specialized and high-technology companies the opportunity to design, prototype and commercialize innovative solutions for modern and emerging problems.


Active SBIR Work


Phase II SBIR N132-100: Airborne Expendable UV Countermeasure

The objective of this SBIR is to design, develop and demonstrate an airborne expendable UV countermeasure that is compatible with existing Navy dispensers and impulse cartridges.


Phase II SBIR MDA12-031: Innovative Designs for Reliable Electro-Explosive Devices

During Phase I of this SBIR, Capco engineers developed a novel nanoenergetic ignition composition which significantly improves the no-fire performance of Electro-Explosive Devices (EEDs) while keeping all-fire levels within requirements and meeting or exceeding the pressure/time characteristics of ZPP.  Phase II work is continuing the development of the new composition, with the goal of performing validation testing in MDA EEDs by the end of the Phase II performance period.


Completed SBIR/STTR Work


Phase II Army SBIR A10-027: Improved Methods of Explosively Disseminating Bi-Spectral Obscurant Materials

Capco N132-100 .pdf - PDF Converter Professional 7.2 9172013 25222 PM.bmpThe objective of this Phase II SBIR was to develop improved methods for explosively disseminating obscurant flakes and spherical powders while minimizing particle damage and agglomeration due to the explosive forces. Materials development and live fire testing were performed using Capco’s extensive explosives fabrication and test capabilites, including spectrally resolved characterization of obscuration efficiency from UV through Mid IR wavelengths.During the second phase of this SBIR, Capco engineers continued the development of a long burning non-toxic white smoke to be used as a replacement for hexachlorethane (HC) and terepthalic acid (TA).  Side-by-side testing of the Capco prototype devices with existing Army prototypes demonstrated excellent absorption, a bright white color, and sustained burn times exceeding 60 seconds.


Phase I Army SBIR A12-055: Non-Toxic, Non-Incendiary Obscurant Smoke for Ammunition and Munitions

High yield smoke compositions such as White Phosphorous (WP), Red Phosphorous (RP) and Hexachloroethane (HC), are extremely toxic with incendiary characteristics. The objective of this work was to develop a non-toxic and non-incendiary pyrotechnic smoke that will meet or exceed the current performance characteristic for obscuration in cannon-fired artillery and hand-emplaced munitions.  Phase I work resulted in a non-toxic, non-incendiary white smoke composition with good obscuration performance.  Development of the white smoke was continued in Phase II SBIR A10-027, including successful field demonstrations in the M18/83 grenade form factor.  Field tests are ongoing.


Phase I Navy SBIR N111-013: Electromagnetic Absorbing Chaff

Power FlowThe objective of this Phase I SBIR was to develop decoy and denial electronic warfare techniques using advanced electromagnetic materials.  Capco developed new electromagnetic materials which can be used as expendable countermeasures for aircraft survivability.


Phase I Air Force STTR AF10-BT30: Directionally-Tailored Infrared Emission and/or Transmission

AF10BT30The objective of this STTR was to Develop low-density material and/or structural solutions that enable directionally-dependent emission and/or transmission of radiation in the infrared (IR) regime.  Teaming with the University of Arizona, Capco developed a self- assembled, photonic structure which was capable of altering the thermal emission patterns of heated surfaces.  The research yielded promising results for applications in the alternative energy field.