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Naval Platform Aero-Optic Turbulence and Mitigation Methodology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0377
Agency Tracking Number: N13A-001-0021
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N13A-T001
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-08-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-03-15
Small Business Information
PO Box 233 663 Owego Hill Road
Harford, NY -
United States
DUNS: 037658379
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Henry Carlson
 (607) 844-9171
Business Contact
 Henry Carlson
Title: President
Phone: (607) 844-9171
Research Institution
 University of Texas at Austin
 Susan W Sedwick, Ph.D.
Office of Sponsored Projects Post Office Box 7726
Austin, TX 78713-7726
United States

 (512) 471-6424
 Nonprofit College or University

Clear Science Corp. and the University of Texas at Austin will develop and demonstrate technology that accurately quantifies aero-optical distortion associated with high-energy laser (HEL) weapons on rotorcraft and will utilize the information in designing adaptive optics (AO) systems to maximize HEL system performance over the full range of flight conditions. Aero-optical distortion arises from vortical structures in the downwash flow during hover and in the wake during forward flight. Our team will utilize state-of-the-art rotorcraft wind tunnel facilities and computational models to develop and evaluate AO software and hardware. Flow simulations and direct measurements of aero-optical effects in the wind tunnel will provide data for statistical analyses of the flow dynamics and system specifications that match feedback algorithms, sensor and actuator bandwidths, and on-board processor speeds with the relevant temporal and spatial time scales. Candidate AO systems will be designed to minimize sensing, processing, and actuation latencies and compensate for measurement errors due to platform vibrations, sensor misalignment, and other disturbances. The objective is a robust, closed-loop adaptive optics system, providing optimal, reliable performance over the full range of helicopter operating conditions.

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