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Numerica Awarded $18.3M Phase III Army SBIR Contract

Numerica Corporation, a research and development company building solutions for target tracking, data fusion, and sensor resource management, recently won a Phase III Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract with the Army to support the transition of next-generation technologies into the Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS). The IDIQ contract value is approximately $18.3 million, including all contract options.

A critical requirement for the U.S. Armed Forces to protect national security is the ability to identify and track objects of concern in hostile operating environments, and coordinate resources to take appropriate defensive action. Numerica has supported the development of IBCS as a member of the Northrop Grumman led team since the program was awarded in 2010.  This SBIR Phase III contract will support the continued development and transition of advanced technologies that aim to maintain a high level system performance in increasingly demanding threat environments.

“Today’s military threat environment is fast-paced and ever changing,” said Jeff Poore, President of Numerica. “Through our expanded partnership with the Army, we have a significant opportunity to deliver meaningful technology that will improve our national security.”

Since 1996, Northern Colorado-based Numerica Corporation has been a research and development small business leader solving some of the world’s most challenging information science problems. Our team of world class scientist, engineers and business professionals develop advanced mathematical algorithms and software for tracking targets, fusing data, managing uncertainty, optimizing operations, and integrating networks. Numerica’s technology solutions translate complex data streams into real-time, actionable information for U.S. Department of Defense agencies, NASA, law enforcement, and commercial customers. Numerica provides state-of-the-art solutions in the areas of air defense, missile defense, space situational awareness, cyber security, unmanned aerial systems, security analytics and more. Visit www.numerica.us for more information.

This material is based upon work supported by the Army under Contract No. W9113-15-D-0003.

Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Army.

Numerica Wins Five SBIR Contracts

Numerica recently won five new Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contracts, consisting of four Phase I awards and one Phase II award. The total value of the awards is approximately $1.2 million.

The four Phase I awards are from the Air Force, and span a variety of research areas including battle management, space situational awareness, calculated air release point navigation for supply and munitions drops, and lightweight Doppler weather radar. The Phase II award comes from NASA to further our research and development activities to test and validate collision avoidance algorithms for unmanned aerial systems.

“Amid growing competition in the SBIR program, Numerica continues to be successful by working closely with our customer’s to ensure we deliver technology solutions that addresses their most pressing needs,” said Jeff Poore, President of Numerica. “The research to be done under these programs will provide critical capabilities for national defense, and further stimulate growth in our strategic business areas.”

The SBIR program is a highly competitive research program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development that has the potential for transition to Government and commercial customers. Each year, Federal agencies with extramural research and development budgets that exceed $100 million allocate 2.8 percent of their R&D budget to these programs. Currently, eleven Federal agencies participate in the program.

Since 1996, Northern Colorado-based Numerica Corporation has been a research and development small business leader solving some of the world’s most challenging information science problems. Our team of world class scientist, engineers and business professionals develop advanced mathematical algorithms and software for tracking targets, fusing data, managing uncertainty, optimizing operations, and integrating networks. Numerica’s technology solutions translate complex data streams into real-time, actionable information for U.S. Department of Defense agencies, NASA, law enforcement, and commercial customers. Numerica provides state-of-the-art solutions in the areas of air defense, missile defense, space situational awareness, cyber security, unmanned aerial systems, security analytics and more. Visit www.numerica.us for more information

Numerica wins $1M MDA sensor resource management contract

Numerica has been awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) worth approximately $1M to develop a complete sensor resource management (SRM) solution for infrared (IR) sensor assets.

Under this contract, Numerica will develop a complete SRM solution for IR assets. The SRM system being developed  will enable MDA to integrate airborne and spaced-based IR sensors with other Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) sensor assets.

Read the full abstract here: https://www.sbir.gov/sbirsearch/detail/666500

Numerica helping Navy collect intel more efficiently

Numerica Corporation was recently awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract by the Navy to optimize sensor data collection and processing.

The Navy uses signals intelligence (SIGINT) sensors onboard ships, aircraft and other intelligence-gathering platforms to detect, identify and locate targets of interest. Performing these intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) functions in an efficient and effective manner is necessary for Navy forces to achieve operational objectives.
In ISR missions, SIGINT receivers are used to scan radar frequency (RF) bands in search of signal emissions of interest from ground, surface and airborne platforms. With the rapid proliferation of RF technology, the RF spectrum has become increasingly more complex and congested, which burdens SIGINT receivers as they try to keep up with ever-growing surveillance and data processing requirements.

Numerica’s solution will maximize SIGINT receiver collection performance without requiring any modifications
to existing hardware. During Phase I, Numerica will develop an optimization algorithm that enables Navy mission planners to efficiently collect signals on high-priority emitters by tailoring the RF band receiver scan schedule for specific missions. SIGINT mission planners, who typically select individual scan schedules using manual methods, would benefit greatly from this automated optimization solution. Upon successful completion of the Phase I contract, Numerica would be eligible to apply for a two-year, $1 million Phase II award to demonstrate and test a software prototype for this capability.

“In the face of current budget challenges, the Navy is working diligently to optimize the performance of existing systems and to leverage current resources,” said Numerica President Jeff Poore. “Numerica is dedicated to supporting this endeavor by helping Navy SIGINT planners realize greater efficiencies, while still achieving mission success.”

Numerica Wins $1 Million Battle Management Contract

Numerica won a two-year, $1 million Small Business Innovation Research Phase II contract from the United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to develop a resource optimization solution for battle management.

Numerica’s Battle Manager solution is an advanced algorithm for online coordination of sensors and weapon systems, to maximize surviving assets while minimizing expended defense resources. Numerica’s algorithm can enhance a military operator’s ability to make better, more rapid engagement decisions during a ballistic missile raid.

The principle investigator for the contract is Numerica Research Scientist Scott Miller, Ph.D.

The MDA protects the territories of the United States and its allies against ballistic missile attack. The MDA’s current Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) is comprised of a range of components, which are integrated by the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system.

The C2BMC currently links and globally synchronizes individual missile defense systems to provide an optimized and layered missile defense against threats of all ranges and in all phases of flight. The Multiple Hypothesis Correlator (MHC) and BMDS Launch Event Associator (BLEA) are tracking technologies developed by Numerica. Both MHC and BLEA are currently deployed in the C2BMC system.

Numerica’s Battle Manager will leverage the company’s Sensor Resource Manager to coordinate resource optimization efforts for C2BMC.

 

“Numerica is honored that MDA selected our team of scientists to offer an innovative battle management solution,” said Numerica President Jeff Poore. “This project complements the current work we’re doing in sensor resource management to offer enhanced capabilities for our nation’s missile defense.”

Numerica Works with Air Force to Reduce Friendly Fire

Numerica has won a two-year, $750,000 contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop a more reliable and robust information fusion technology for “non-cooperative,” or non-self-reporting, targets.

For many allied fighter pilots, deciding if the target symbol on a cockpit display is friend or foe is not always clear. Because weapons systems have advanced faster than recognition capabilities, a target can be hit with precision long before it can be identified, which sometimes leads to inadvertent firing on friendly forces, or what is officially termed fratricide.

The Air Force is dedicated to minimizing fratricide, as well as improving time to engagement and increasing situational awareness, for its pilots.

To help the Air Force meet these goals, Numerica is developing the multi-sensor, non-cooperative target recognition (NCTR) information fusion system. This technology will fuse data received from a variety of dissimilar sources to produce one Single Integrated Picture in real time. The NCTR solution allows each sensor to leverage information from other sensors to improve overall detection and identification performance. This unique crosscuing solution will improve the situational awareness and response time for pilots.

Numerica’s solution is envisioned to transition to the Air Force’s Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance
(ISR) platforms and Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) surveillance systems.

“Numericans thrive on developing meaningful solutions for challenging problems,” said Numerica president and COO Jeff Poore. “Working to prevent friendly fire is very rewarding, and it’s an honor to develop a solution with the Air Force that saves lives.”

Numerica vice president Benjamin J. Slocumb, Ph.D., will lead his company’s efforts to develop the NCTR system
for the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Numerica Develops Next Generation Collision Avoidance Technology for NASA

Numerica was recently awarded a two-year, $600,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase II contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop collision prediction capabilities for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operating in the National Airspace System (NAS).

The NAS is a complex and shared network of people, procedures, equipment and infrastructure that ensures safe and timely air transportation in the United States and over large portions of the world’s oceans. NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration are working together on next-generation improvements to the NAS, and both organizations recognize an urgent need to safely integrate UAS into the nation’s complex aviation system.

Incorporating unmanned vehicles into national airspace is highly beneficial to important missions in the areas of scientific research, national security, emergency response and disaster relief. However, such vehicles are grossly underutilized in these areas because they lack reliable collision-avoidance technology to ensure safe operation in the NAS.

Numerica research scientist Jason Adaska, Ph.D., is leading his company’s efforts to create a sense-and-avoid capability to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace. Adaska’s research team has developed novel methods for producing robust and reliable trajectory predictions over long time horizons, and the Numerica scientists are working with Colorado Engineering Inc. to model its USTAR collision avoidance radar for feasibility testing.

“We are thrilled to support the good work NASA is doing to prevent collisions in our national airspace,” said Numerica President Jeff Poore. “It’s rewarding work that makes a difference.”

Numerica Wins $3 Million ABIR Contract

Numerica recently won a two-year, $3 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to develop an Airborne Infrared
(ABIR) multi-sensor correlation and fusion solution as part of a broader systems integration effort that will enhance the nation’s defense against ballistic missile attack.

The $3 million contract is the largest Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project ever awarded to Numerica.

The MDA protects United States territories, as well as those of U.S. allies, against ballistic missile attack, whether accidental, unauthorized or deliberate. The MDA’s current Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) is comprised of a range of components, which are integrated by the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system.

The C2BMC currently links and globally synchronizes individual missile defense systems to provide an optimized and layered missile defense against threats of all ranges and in all phases of flight. The Numerica-developed Multiple Hypothesis Correlator (MHC) and the BMDS Launch Event Associator (BLEA) tracking technologies already play important roles in the C2BMC system. Through the newly awarded MDA contract, Numerica will research key ABIR sensor integration technology that will enhance C2BMC’s ability to improve situational awareness and strengthen the nation’s defense.

“Numerica is proud of our ongoing contributions to the nation’s missile defense system,” said Numerica President Jeff Poore. “We’re honored that MDA selected our team of scientists to offer an innovative solution for the challenging problem of ABIR sensor integration for C2BMC.”

Principle investigators for the contract are Numerica CEO Aubrey B. Poore, Ph.D., and Numerica Program Director Shawn Herman, Ph.D.

Numerica Named One of Nation’s Best Small Businesses

Numerica has received the 2011 Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration
(SBA) at a ceremony this morning in the nation’s capitol, followed by a reception at the White House.

The Tibbetts Award honors companies from across the country that exemplify the very best in the SBA’s Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Numerica is one of only 44
Tibbetts Award winners nationwide. Winning companies were selected based on exceptional innovation, national
research and development (R&D) advancement, job and revenue growth, and broader benefits to their economic
region.

According to the National Small Business Association, the SBIR program was enacted by Congress in 1982 as a way to
meet the nation’s growing technology needs using the proven innovative power of small, technology-based companies.
Since that time, the SBIR program has been renewed by Congress five times, is hailed as the nation’s largest source of
early-stage R&D funding, is responsible for more than 50,000 patents and now generates new patents at the
astonishing pace of seven per day. In 1992, Congress established the STTR program, which is similar in structure to SBIR
but funds cooperative R&D projects involving small businesses and nonprofit or academic research institutions.

Numerica has been awarded four STTR and 63 SBIR Phase I and II government contracts since 2002, directly supporting
a rich collaboration between industry and academic partners and speeding the transition from research to application.
Fueled in part with support from the SBIR program, Numerica has achieved double-digit primary job growth at the
company’s three locations in Loveland, Colo., Dayton, Ohio, and Pasadena, Calif., and 154 percent revenue growth over
the last four years.

“This is a proud day not only for Numerica Corporation, but also for Northern Colorado,” said Sean Greene, Associate
Administrator for Investment and Senior Advisor for Innovation at the SBA. “Companies like Numerica represent the
best in American ingenuity.”

Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO) offered Numerica his congratulations. “Innovative businesses, like Numerica, reflect
the entrepreneurial strength and spirit of Northern Colorado,” said Gardner. “It is my hope that Numerica continues
bringing together some of the best and brightest minds to solve our nation’s most difficult scientific problems.”

“The SBIR program provides Numerica and other small businesses the opportunity to make profound scientific
advances that serve as the foundation for solutions we transition to our customers,” said Numerica President Jeff
Poore. “Being selected as a 2011 Tibbetts Award winner is a proud moment for our entire team – employees and
collaborators alike. The SBIR program’s support of our research will serve as a cornerstone of Numerica’s success for
years to come.”