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Optical Turbulence Forecasting for Directed Energy and Laser Communication…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
78211
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
053-0094
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Optical Turbulence Forecasting for Directed Energy and Laser Communication Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: W9113M-06-C-0072
Award Amount: $99,998.00
 

Abstract:

This proposal addresses the development of advanced optical- turbulence forecasting tools to aid design, testing, and operations for applications involving laser propagation through the atmosphere. These include laser-weapons systems, free-space optical communication, and astronomical observations. Recent advances in atmospheric-dynamics research (measurement, simulation, and theory), in concert with a related MDA project, present a unique opportunity for optical-turbulence forecasting that is significantly better than what is currently available. By adapting this research, we can develop optical turbulence forecasts which simultaneously predict model expectation values and model uncertainty, allowing for the possibility of real-time evaluation of forecast skill without an ensemble procedure. The approach involves using Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling to combine NWP output with high- resolution measurement data and results from very high-resolution numerical simulations we have done of specific atmospheric processes. The methodology is well suited to the development of an improved Atmospheric Decision Aid (ADA) for the Airborne Laser (ABL), which we believe will be much more appropriate, accurate, and reliable than the existing ABL ADA. The approach is novel and has several significant advantages which we propose to explore during this Phase I effort.

Principal Investigator:

Joseph Werne
Principal Investigator
3034159701
werne@cora.nwra.com

Business Contact:

David C. Fritts
NWRA CoRA Division Manager
4256449660
contracts-grants@nwra.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NORTHWEST RESEARCH ASSOC., INC.
P.O. Box 3027 Bellevue, WA 98009

EIN/Tax ID: 911291143
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No