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PROGRAMMABLE, PARTICLE SIZING SENSOR

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
15666
Program Year/Program:
1991 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
15666
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MetroLaser, Inc.
22941 Mill Creek Drive Laguna Hills, CA 92653-1215
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1991
Title: PROGRAMMABLE, PARTICLE SIZING SENSOR
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,980.00
 

Abstract:

PARTICLE CONTAMINAMTS AFFEST THE PERFORMANCE OF SPACE PLATFORMS. THESE PARTICLES ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE BETWEEN 0.5UM AND 10UM IN DIAMETER AND THEIR CONCENTRATION AND COMPOSITION MAY BE DIVERSE AND UNKNOWN. A PARTICLE SIZING INSTRUMENT IS BEING DEVELOPED TO DETERMINE THE SIZE AND SPACE DISTRIBUTION OF THIS ILL-DEFINED PARTICLE CLOUD. A 45 MW DIODE LASER IS USED TO MAKE A LIGHT WEIGHT INSTRUMENT WHICH CORRELATES SCATTERED LIGHT TO PARTICLE SIZE. BY COLLECTING FORWARD SCATTERED LIGHT, THE SIGNAL IS DEPENDENT ONLY ON PARTICLE SIZE OVER A BROAD RANGE OF REFRACTIVE INDICES (INSENSITIVE TO MATERIAL TYPE) AND DIFFERENT PARTICLE SHAPES. A VARIABLE APERTURE ALLOWS ADAPTING THE PROBE AREA TO OPTIMIZE INSTRUMENT PERFORMANCE FOR A GIVEN PARTICLE CONCENTRATION. SOFTWARE DEVELOPED AT METROLASER AVOIDS THE DEAD TIME FOUND IN OTHER INSTRUMENTS OF THIS TYPE, THUS PREVENTING THE LOSS OF DATA. THE FINAL DESIGN WILL BE A LIGHT WEIGHT COMPACT INSTRUMENT WHICH IS ADAPTIVE TO THE UNKNOWN SPACE ENVIRONMENT.

Principal Investigator:

Cecil F Hess
Principal Investigator
7145530688

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Metrolaser
18006 Skypark Circle #108 Irvine, CA 92714

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