Ultra-Compact Laser Radar
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
This program seeks to develop a new approach for laser transmitters aimed at ultra-compact space-based Ladar systems. The technology proposed has the potential for reducing the size, weight and cost of the laser transmitter by an order of magnitude over existing devices with the same average power. The design approach incorporates a novel multi-pass diode-pumped solid-state gain module that is optimized for efficiency and thermal management. In Phase I, the technical merit of this device was demonstrated at the prototype level. Phase II will forward the development to the level of maturity required for the proposed applications and include a demonstration of a Ladar transmitter operating at the performance levels required for Interceptor and Forward Based Sensor missions. This laser will find application as the transmitter for both short-pulse direct-detection and coherent Ladar systems. The benefits offered will make affordable new applications supporting DoD, NASA and commercial interests.
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