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Moving Target Designation (MTD)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-22-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number: A2-8843
Amount: $843,143.90
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A20-052
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-02-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-04-19
Small Business Information
9301 Corbin Avenue Suite 2000
Northridge, CA 91324-1111
United States
DUNS: 082191198
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Paul
 (303) 532-8493
Business Contact
 Greg Fetzer
Phone: (303) 651-6756
Research Institution

The Army has identified potential shortcomings in the handheld designator technology of future compact designator systems.  A smaller, lighter laser designator system will enhance the soldier’s mobility and reduce fatigue.  A miniature, lightweight laser beam stabilizer component is required to maintain the required volume and weight of the handheld laser designator.  To address this problem, Areté proposes a design for a stabilized handheld laser designator.  The approach developed to mitigate hand tremor, utilizes a miniature beam stabilization technique that is integrated into the beam expander of the laser designator.  The design meets the performance metrics as defined by the system requirements.  Areté’s specific approach uses a low risk lens shift technique that is able to meet the large angular dynamic range while simultaneously meeting the necessary precision.  Areté has shown both a low risk and moderate risk lens actuator technology to meet the design requirements with a diffraction limited optical design.  The external disturbances (hand tremor) are detected using a MEMS IMU consisting of angular rate gyroscopes and accelerometers.  Real time streaming video from the See-Spot camera is used to provide target track information and error signals to the pointing control.  The measured disturbances are used in the control loop embedded on a processor that sends control signals to the lens actuators to maintain beam stabilization.

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