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AN ELECTRO-OPTIC MODULATOR FOR REMOTE LASER BEAM WAVEFRONT CORRECTION AND…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
12052
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
12052
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Optron Systems, Inc.
235 Bear Hill Rd Ste 200 Waltham, MA 02451-1060
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: AN ELECTRO-OPTIC MODULATOR FOR REMOTE LASER BEAM WAVEFRONT CORRECTION AND MICRO-POSITIONING IN SPACE
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,935.00
 

Abstract:

THE USE OF LASER SYSTEMS FOR SPACE-BASED COMMUNICATION APPLICATIONS IS EXPECTED TO BE WIDELY IMPLEMENTED IN FUTURE SPACECRAFT. THIS PROPOSAL ADDRESSES THE CRITICAL TECHNOLOGICAL ISSUES OF POINTING, CORRECTING AND FOCUSING A LASER BEAM FOR SATELLITE OPTICAL COMMUNICATION UNDER A DYNAMIC OPERATING ENVIRONMENT AND STRINGENT MISSION REQUIREMENTS. THE FINE POINTING AND JITTER CONTROL REQUIREMENTS OF THESE ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS PRESENTS A SERIOUS CHALLENGE TO CONTROL ENGINEERS IN THE AREAS OF ACQUISITION, TRACKING AND POINTING. OPTRON SYSTEMSPROPOSES TO DEVELOP AN ADAPTIVE OPTICAL, COMPUTER-CONTROLLEDELECTRO-OPTIC PHASE MODULATOR WHICH WILL RESULT IN AN ACTIVE OPTICAL COMPONENT WITH NO MOVING PARTS THAT IS CAPABLE OF MICRORADIAN POINTING ACCURACY. UNDER SOFTWARE CONTROL THIS ELECTRO-OPTICAL DEVICE CAN BE USED TO DEFLECT, FOCUS, COLLIMATE, RESHAPE OR OTHERWISE MODULATE A COHERENT BEAM OF LIGHT. WITH THE ADDITION OF A WAVEFRONT SENSOR AND A FEEDBACK PATH THE MODULATOR IS READILY INCORPORATED INTO CLOSED-LOOP SYSTEMS FOR SUCH PURPOSES AS AUTOMATIC WAVEFRONT CORRECTION, AUTOMATIC FOCUSING AND TARGET TRACKING. PHASE I OBJECTIVES INCLUDE CONSTRUCTION AND EVALUATION OF A PROTOTYPE ELECTRO-OPTIC MODULATOR. PHASE II WILL ADDRESS SPECIFIC ISSUES OF OPTIMIZATION.

Principal Investigator:

Camille F. Fuleihan
Director Materials Research
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Business Contact:

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PRESIDENT
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Small Business Information at Submission:

Optron Systems, Inc.
3 Preston Court Bedford, MA 01730

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