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Company Information:

Company Name: SA Photonics
City: Los Gatos
State: CA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (970) 778-2353

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $759,891.00 6
SBIR Phase II $3,141,016.00 5

Award List:

Optical Inertial Reference Unit for Navy Tactical Airborne High Energy Laser (HEL) Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: William Dickson, Sr. Control Systems Engin – (650) 759-4048
Award Amount: $79,990.00
Abstract:
SA Photonics is pleased to propose our FALCON Optical Inertial Reference Unit (OIRU) for use on High Energy Laser (HEL) weapon systems on tactical air platforms. The inertially stabilized Optical Reference Beam (ORB) provided by an OIRU serves as a"virtual star"and is a key element in the… More

Passive multi-spectral sensor for defense against hypersonic missiles (SAMs and A-A)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jim Coward, President – (408) 977-0553
Award Amount: $746,496.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: SA Photonics is pleased to propose the EagleEye missile warning system for aircraft situational awareness. SA Photonics will team with the University of Arizona Optical Science Center (OSC) and North Carolina State University in the development of the compact, wide bandwidth flight … More

Digital Multispectral Binocular System (DMBS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Browne, VP Product Development – (408) 348-4426
Award Amount: $149,959.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Over the past 30 years, night vision goggle technology has enabled American fighter pilots to"own the night". As night vision goggle technology has matured, we have required more from pilots and are asking them to fly multi-role extended missions that may occur in degraded… More

Vision Processor for Helmet System (VPHS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jim Davey, Senior Electrical Engineer – (408) 888-0587
Award Amount: $149,985.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Digital binocular helmet-mounted display (HMD) systems are now available that allow high resolution wide field-of-view (WFOV) digital imagery to be displayed on high resolution microdisplays. These digital HMD systems require sensor preprocessing, optical distortion correction, and image… More

Retrofittable Tactical Head Up Display (RTHUD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jim Davey, Staff Electrical Engineer – (408) 888-0587
Award Amount: $149,981.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Currently tactical Head up Displays (HUD) are expensive both in cost of acquisition and Life Cycle Cost. In addition, retrofit of a more capable HUD into an existing airframe is complex and the bulk of the HUD competes with other display systems for valuable cockpit volume. The objective… More

Alternate Faceplate Materials for Improving Image Intensifier Tube Performance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Browne, VP Product Development – (408) 348-4426
Award Amount: $149,977.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The military is constantly looking to improve night vision goggle performance. There are many components to optimize but one that is often overlooked is faceplate. The faceplate serves both as a substrate for the photocathode as well as a method for sealing the tube for high vacuum. It… More

AccuPoint Active Vibration Control for Enhanced Satellite Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: William Dickson, Sr. Controls Systems Engi – (650) 759-4048
Award Amount: $747,904.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: As the data rates of satellite communication links increase due to inclusion of high resolution imagery and video, a high bandwidth backbone network is required to support all uses of the network. Free Space Optical (FSO) communication links have the ability to provide very high data… More

Free-Space Quantum Key Distribution

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dave Pechner, Chief Technical Officer – (408) 781-7416
Award Amount: $749,988.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The secure transmission of digital information is of extreme importance for military and commercial applications. The need for protecting information from hostile eavesdroppers has motivated the search for novel security schemes. The current state of the art exploits quantum mechanics… More

Multi-function Laser Module (MFL) for Enhanced Space Surveillance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jim Coward, President/CEO – (415) 977-0553
Award Amount: $748,921.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: SA Photonics is pleased to propose the development of the SENTRY multi-function laser system. SENTRY incorporates SA Photonics high energy fiber optic technology and AccuPoint beam control system to enable precision detection and tracking of space objects BENEFIT: Orbital planes are… More

ADVANCED PROCESSING ELECTRONIC ATTACK (EA) Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dave Pechner, Chief Technical Officer – (408) 781-7416
Award Amount: $147,707.00
Abstract:
SA Photonics has developed a concept design for a wideband RF Memory which provides better than 60 dB spur-free dynamic range over an entire 20 GHz instantaneous bandwidth, far surpassing the capabilities of digital RF memories. The heart of the system is a high accuracy true-time delay unit which… More

High-Power 3 Micron Fiber Based Laser System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Coward, Chief Executive Officer – (415) 977-0553
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
3um fiber laser sources suffer from limitations in the fiber, such as high loss. Fluoride fiber has been utilized as a solution for this problem, but this suffers from a low damage threshold among other issues. SA Photonics in collaboration with the LLNL Fiber Laser Group has proposed a hybrid… More