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Space Qualifiable Laser Technology

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
69467
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
B041-005-0365
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: 2004
Title: Space Qualifiable Laser Technology
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: FA9451-04-M-0231
Award Amount: $99,943.00
 

Abstract:

High average power lasers are necessary for space-based missions such as long-range sensing and directed energy weapons. Such long-range sensors typically require kW-class power with low intensity noise, diffraction limited beam quality, and high efficiency. In order to meet these and other requirements, CTI is pursuing an innovative laser technology to kW-class average power with new levels of spatial coherence, high electrical-to-optical efficiency, pulsed or CW operation, and controllable spectral and temporal coherence for direct/coherent detection transceivers. The primary challenges for space qualification of this and other solid-state laser technology have been reducing prime power consumption and mass while maintaining performance and reliability. The proposed technology development breaks new ground in thermal management and optical systems design by building upon recently demonstrated breakthrough laser architecture. The architecture utilizes 2-D optical transport and 1-D thermal transport coupled to next-generation innovative adaptations of compact, high performance 2-phase cooling. Phase I delivers primary and alternate engineering designs with a comprehensive risk burn-down plan for a space-based kW-class laser system. Phase 2 will deliver a sub-scale demonstration unit providing functional evidence of the technology for space-qualification. CTI's extensive flight qualified laser experience and the heritage of our teammate Swales Aerospace in space-qualified thermal design/payload packaging, brings significant leverage to the program.

Principal Investigator:

Bert Callicoatt
Research Scientist II
3036042000
Bert.Callicoatt@ctilidar.com

Business Contact:

Tim Carrig
Director Research & Devel
3036042000
Tim.Carrig@ctilidar.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

COHERENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
135 S. Taylor Avenue Louisville, CO 80027

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