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A Look at the Proposals Set to Receive $1.9M in U.S. DOT SBIR Awards

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March 29, 2017

Fourteen U.S. small businesses will receive up to $150,000 each through U.S. DOT’s SBIR program to conduct six months of Phase I concept development. Read on for a brief look at the winning proposals and the small businesses that submitted them.

Awardees Announced for U.S. DOT’s SBIR FY17.1 Solicitation

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March 28, 2017

On March 21, the U.S. DOT SBIR program announced 15 recommendations for awards for SBIR’s fiscal year 17.1 solicitation. The awarded small businesses competed in a field that included 106 proposals for 9 research topics. The selected small businesses are conducting important research, leading to new technologies in addressing some of U.S. DOT’s most pressing challenges.

Integrating Space Vehicle Operations into the National Airspace System

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March 28, 2017

Commercial space vehicle operators are becoming more common in the national airspace, and the number of orbital and sub-orbital passenger space flights is expected to increase significantly over the next decade. Volpe supports the FAA’s NextGen Space Vehicle Operations program to help reduce the impact of commercial space vehicles on air traffic, while also maintaining a high level of safety.

Safer and More Reliable Automotive Electronic Control Systems

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March 27, 2017

The rapid evolution of electronic control and connectivity in motor vehicles has multiplied challenges for vehicle safety assurance. NHTSA turned to Volpe’s nationally recognized advanced vehicle technology team to assess the safety and reliability of emerging electronic control systems.

National Transportation Noise Map Released

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March 23, 2017

To better understand transportation sound levels, a Volpe team developed a simplified noise modeling tool for the Bureau of Transportation Statistics that makes it easy to track trends in noise levels over time. The tool was released on March 21.

NOVA Documentary on Rail Safety Features Volpe’s David Tyrell

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February 27, 2017

The new NOVA documentary Why Trains Crash features Volpe’s David Tyrell, a principal technical advisor for train crashworthiness and safety. The documentary, which aired February 22 on PBS, explores recent rail tragedies and technological advances that can help prevent train crashes.

Introducing Volpe’s New Deputy Director for Research and Technology, Stephen Popkin

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February 24, 2017

Stephen Popkin, PhD, is Volpe’s new deputy director for Research and Technology. In this role, Popkin will lead and manage Volpe’s suite of multimodal transportation research programs and will work with Director Anne Aylward on Volpe’s strategic vision.

Volpe Spreads the Love with Care Kits for the Homeless

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February 23, 2017

The Volpe community helped spread the love this past Valentine’s Day by putting together care kits full of toiletries, water, snacks, socks, and handmade scarves for the homeless. Volpe employees created 100 personal care kits to donate to the Pine Street Inn and Rosie’s Place.

“Our Shared Transportation Future” with General Darren W. McDew

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February 22, 2017

General McDew commands USTRANSCOM, which delivers global defense logistics anyplace, anytime, and for however long is needed. He recently came to Volpe to discuss the nation’s most pressing military and civilian transportation challenges, and the new thinking required for new solutions.

Laying the Foundation for Vehicle-to-Pedestrian Communications

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February 20, 2017

When a car hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian takes the full brunt of the severe and sometimes fatal injuries. Vehicle-to-pedestrian communications can help avoid impacts or reduce the consequences when light vehicles collide with pedestrians.