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Compact, Short-Pulse, SWIR Laser (1.5 micron) for Two- and Three-Dimensional…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
73961
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-100-0688
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Arete Associates
P.O. Box 2607 Winnetka, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Compact, Short-Pulse, SWIR Laser (1.5 micron) for Two- and Three-Dimensional Flash Imaging Sensor
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15P7T-06-C-P646
Award Amount: $728,772.00
 

Abstract:

A key near-term objective of the Mission Equipment Packages (MEP) for Class II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program is to develop ultra-compact eyesafe 3D ladar and active 2D sensors for deployment on organic unmanned aerial vehicles. This will enable beyond-line-of-sight reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) in areas shadowed by terrain features. New affordable solid state eyesafe (1.5 micron) lasers capable of generating the specified energy (20 mJ), pulse width (1-2 ns), pulse repetition frequency (50Hz), and package size (< 50 cubic inches) are required for these sensors. Lasers capable of meeting all of these requirements in a robust and reliable compact package do not currently exist. Traditional military laser packages rely on a stiff optical bench to provide the mechanical stability necessary to maintain laser cavity alignment in harsh environmental conditions. This strategy lacks modularity and is difficult to scale due to restrictions arising from conflicts between the optical layout, thermal and mechanical interfaces, and support electronics. Areté Associates' laser systems group has developed an innovative packaging strategy that circumvents these difficulties. In this Phase-II, Areté Associates will design and build a compact short-pulse eyesafe laser that utilizes our proprietary packaging approach.

Principal Investigator:

James Murray
Corporate Senior Scientis
5205718660
jmurray@arete.com

Business Contact:

Dave Kane
Vice President
5205718660
dkane@arete.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ARETE ASSOC.
P.O. Box 6024 Sherman Oaks, CA 91413

EIN/Tax ID: 952954108
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No