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A Compact Solid State Infrared Flare

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0472
Agency Tracking Number: A091-004-0215
Amount: $69,976.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-004
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-03-30
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Oakes
 Principal Research Scientist
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution

In this Phase I SBIR proposal Physical Sciences Inc (PSI) outlines the development a solid-state emitter package to replace the propellant based candle of the M278 Infrared flare. Propellant combustion in the current candle technology is unsteady, resulting in variations in the illumination intensity and also produces a visible signature that limits it usefulness in covert activities. The proposed flare technology will use solid-state components (Light Emitting Diodes or laser diodes) to generate Infrared illumination that will overcome these limitations of candle illumination. In the Phase I, PSI will develop a prototype design for the solid-state emitter package that is compatible with the current dimensions and weight of the M278 candle. The design process will include: 1) Emitter component characterization and selection, 2) optical system design to combine the output of multiple emitters to achieve the specified output radiance intensity (250 W/sr), 3) Evaluation and selection of a power system to drive the emitters and control circuitry and 4) Preliminary mechanical design that integrates these components. In Phase II the prototype will be built and tested, both in the laboratory and in the field.

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