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Matrix Switch Electronics Package for Deformable Mirrors

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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2003 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
QorTek, Inc.
1965 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 205 Williamsport, PA 17701-1251
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Matrix Switch Electronics Package for Deformable Mirrors
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: F2960103M0257
Award Amount: $69,998.00


The proposal is to design, fabricate and demonstrate a simplified prototype of a new concept that eliminates the complex wiring and most of the electronics of existing atmospheric correction deformable optic drive system. The new technology will not onlybe capable of replacing existing electronics packages, but will also be amenable to integration with future use of SCMA, MEMS and hybrid optical correction devices. The matrix switch architecture reduces the conventional power electronics and wiring to asingle synthetic impedance power source. The result is a very compact and easily installed lightweight design. The unique design will enable increased gain-bandwidth performance and reliability while substantially reducing the need for heat removal. Ofimportance is the (very) high frequency capability this new technology will impart to adaptive optic devices. The ability simplify the assembly and enable easy installation combined with the dramatically reduction in cost of active deformable opticalsystem (adaptive optics) will enable new widespread commercial viability to many optical and non-optical systems and products. The proposed technology also has immediate application to both portable electronics and electronic power distribution systems.Most immediate is that it finally offers a low cost easily assembled method for transferring adaptive optics technology capability to laboratory, university and institutional ground optical systems as well as future military space and airborne systems.QorTek is teaming with Northrop-Grumman to explore the commercial viability of the proposed technology to both these, commercial aerospace and military aerospace applications.

Principal Investigator:

Gareth J. Knowles
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Cathy A. Brooke
Chief Financial Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

2400 Reach Road, Suite 204 Williamsport, PA 17701

EIN/Tax ID: 232954664
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No