Wide-angle Non-mechanical Steering Development

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,846.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F33615-03-M-1568
Award Id:
67366
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-1989
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107, Lafayette, CO, 80026
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
602673188
Principal Investigator:
Steve Serati
Principal Investigator
(303) 604-0077
sserati@bnonlinear.com
Business Contact:
Mark Tanner
Vice President
(303) 604-0077
mtanner@bnonlinear.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Development of a non-mechanical scanner for laser radar seekers is a difficult problem, because high speed, wide angle, high resolution and large aperture are competing requirements. A workable solution is to combine a few techniques to decouple the requirements. By using this approach, coarse and fine-angle steerers are combined to provide the coverage and accuracy needed for the application. The techniques proposed for the coarse and fine angle steerers have the ability to scale to large apertures, high power and provide fast response without greatly complicating the system design. The scalable beamsteering architecture makes use of liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) assemblies, which have proven to be a very economical and manufacturable technology. In Phase I, Boulder Nonlinear Systems (BNS) will demonstrate the beamsteering concept and work with Coherent Technologies Incorporated (CTI) to integrate the technology into a staring-array laser radar seeker design. In Phase II, BNS and CTI will build and demonstrate a breadboard system. The ability to non-mechanically point an optical system is important in a variety of applications including free space optical communications, remote sensing and weapon guidance. Non-mechanical systems have the potential to be more accurate, smaller, lighter and less expensive than systems that use gimbals to position the beam. At this time, such attributes are considered benefits, but future deployment of optical systems in small airborne or space-based platforms will eventually require these improvements.

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