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Photonic Cross Connect Switch for True Time Delay Beam Steering (BMDO/02-211B--Optical Devices)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N00178-02-C-3091
Agency Tracking Number: 02-1195
Amount: $69,987.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
103 Terrace Hall Ave., Suite A
Burlington, MA 01803
United States
DUNS: 055023654
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Charles Cox, III
 (781) 272-1819
Business Contact
 Charles Cox, III
Title: President
Phone: (781) 272-1819
Research Institution

"Ballistic missile defense relies upon the deployment of radars that are designed for wideband or multi-band operation to support the following required functions: Accurate target tracking; Object discrimination and classification; Countermeasuresmitigation, and; Nuclear and natural environment mitigation. Additionally, the need to detect and track small targets at long ranges dictates that the radar be very large (many RF wavelengths across) and operate with high power aperture efficiency.Finally, in complex, multi-target scenarios, to efficiently fill the radar timeline, radars for ballistic missile defense applications require a wide electronic field of view and, most likely, multiple simultaneous beams. Meeting all of these systemobjectives will require further development of true-time delay (TTD) beamsteering technology. Photonic Systems, Inc. (PSI) plans to develop and demonstrate a method for performing two-dimensional steering of multiple simultaneous beams from a phased arrayantenna. The basis for this capability is a combination of leverging a photonic cross connect switch (PCCS) technology developed for the telecommunications market and developing new beam steering algorithms that can take advantage of the uniquecapabilities of these switches. We will also show how this PCCS-based approach is scaleable to large arrays of 10,000 elements or more. This work will serve as the basis for a family of projects whose collectiv

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