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Retrofittable Laser Protection for Weapons

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
92857
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F083-090-0926
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SCIENCE RESEARCH LABORATORY INC
15 Ward Street Somerville, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Retrofittable Laser Protection for Weapons
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-09-M-0090
Award Amount: $99,988.00
 

Abstract:

High-energy laser (HEL) weapons systems are still in their infancy, but with the acute need for a reliable, inexpensive missile defense, and the rapid pace at which laser technology is developing, it is anticipated that they will be widespread within ten or twenty years and perhaps sooner. Nowwell before such HEL systems have become ubiquitousis the time to begin developing countermeasures against them. In this program we propose to develop and optimize techniques to reflect the laser light away (photon blocking) and to limit thermal transport to temperature-sensitive areas (phonon blocking), with an emphasis on technology that is retrofittable to legacy weapons typical of US Air Force inventory. In Phase I we will develop and optimize these techniques using a combination of modeling and experiments, and in Phase II we will conduct demonstrations of the technology. BENEFIT: Military benefits include enhanced survivability for missiles and other projectiles under attack by an HEL. Commercial applications include (1) sale of this technology to the commercial sector, to protect commercial aircraft against laser-based terrorist attacks; and (2) use of similar technology to improve lifetime and thrust of turbine blades by limiting thermal transport to the blades. Decreasing the conductive and radiative transport from the surface to the blades will allow higher inlet temperature without stressing blade-material temperature limitations. It will thus permit the design of engines having greatly increased specific power, lifetime and efficiency, with applications to the power-generation market, as well as the aerospace and defense market. These are multi-billion-dollar markets.

Principal Investigator:

Allen Flusberg
Principal Investigator
6175471122
djones@mustangtechnology.com

Business Contact:

Jonah Jacob
SBIR Coordinator
6175471122
rusty@mustangtechnology.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SCIENCE RESEARCH LABORATORY, INC.
15 WARD STREET SOMERVILLE, MA 02143

EIN/Tax ID: 042786396
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No