SBIR / STTR

Capco has been actively engaged in Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs since 2010, winning (8) 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 N151-025: Flare Ignition Pellet with Reduced Moisture Susceptibility [VIEW CASE STUDY]

In this SBIR effort, Capco engineers have developed a flare ignition composition with significantly reduced moisture susceptibility, increased flame ignitability and ignition transfer that meets or exceeds that of the legacy MTV composition.


Phase I SBIR MDA16-014: Automated Threadlocking Compound Applicator

In this Phase I effort, Capco has developed an automated threadlocking compound application robot that is capable of reliably and repeatedly applying epoxies, threadlocking, anti-seize, and corrosion inhibiting compunds to threaded fasteners with microliter precision.

Completed SBIR/STTR Work

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 Army SBIR A10-027: Improved Methods of Explosively Disseminating Bi-Spectral Obscurant Materials
The 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.


Phase I Navy SBIR N111-013: Electromagnetic Absorbing Chaff
The 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
The 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.