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Laser Communication System with Spatial Tracking for Moving Platforms

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
58029
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A012-1407
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
COHERENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
135 S. Taylor Avenue, Louisville, CO 80027 0302
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Laser Communication System with Spatial Tracking for Moving Platforms
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: DAAB07-02-C-D406
Award Amount: $119,753.00
 

Abstract:

"Coherent Technologies Inc. (CTI) proposes to develop a laser communication system (LCS) coupled with a high-speed pointing and tracking scheme for greater than 1 Gb/s data rate applications in a battlefield environment. The LCS will provide eyesafeoperation with an engagement range up to 5 km between two moving platforms. The pointing and tracking unit will be designed to reduce the probability of data link breakdown due to traveling on a rough terrain. The approach will capitalize upon innovativescanner designs developed by CTI for military laser radar systems and the advancing scanning mirror technologies such as Micro-Opto-Electrical-Mechanical Systems (MOEMS). The baseline architecture uses a 1.5-mm transmitter optimally coupled to amicro-mirror assembly. Three potential configurations for tracking in a highly dynamic environment are envisaged. System-level performance analyses will assess the cost effectiveness and field worthiness of competing optical source technologies besideslaser diodes. The Phase I effort will, (1) generate system level signal-to-noise ratio assessments for 1.5 micron wavelength data link, (2) establish closed-loop pointing and tracking scheme with link broadcast capability providing maximum covertness, and(3) develop a proof-of-principle prototype and execute risk reduction measurements to ensure technical and cost feasibility for field-worthy hardware implementation in Phase II. Potential applications in

Principal Investigator:

Narasimha Prasad
Research Scientist II
3036042000
narasimhap@ctilidar.ciom

Business Contact:

Sammy W. Henderson
Exec. VP & Ch. Tech. Off.
3036042000
sammy@ctilidar.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Coherent Technologies, Inc.
655 Aspen Ridge Drive Lafayette, CO 80026

EIN/Tax ID: 840953476
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No