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Aero-Optics Beacon

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
81864
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-002-1050
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MZA Associates Corporation
2021 Girard SE Suite 150 Albuquerque, NM -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Aero-Optics Beacon
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9451-07-M-0078
Award Amount: $99,971.00
 

Abstract:

MZA proposes development and evaluation of optimal estimation methods for beacon measurement supporting adaptive optics compensation of aero-optics and free-stream turbulence. The proposed method takes into account the modal covariance properties of near-field and far-field beacon sources and their relation to the phase required for HEL correction. Optimal estimation can be adapted to several available options for beacon placement. The proposed methods will be validated through wave-optics simulation using aero-optics and free-stream turbulence with the appropriate beacon sources. To quantify the underlying statistics of the aero-optical disturbances for which there is no theoretical construct, we propose laboratory wavefront sensor measurements of aero-optical flow capitalizing on the expertise of our partner, Notre Dame. We will also perform laboratory characterizations of air-breakdown "laser sparks" from a short-wavelength laser. These measurements will demonstrate the feasibility of forming such a beacon in a follow-on phase of the program and will provide design information to assess our hardware concept. We will develop a preliminary design for a meaningful Phase II laboratory demonstration of the concept advanced in Phase I. This plan will address implementation issues related to beacon formation and beacon measurement supporting application of the optimal estimation methods.

Principal Investigator:

Matthew Whiteley
Vice-President
9374326560
whiteley@mza.com

Business Contact:

Robert W. Praus
President
5052459970
praus@mza.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MZA ASSOC. CORP.
2021 Girard Blvd, SE, Suite 150 Albuquerque, NM 87106

EIN/Tax ID: 850400557
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No