Tactical Beam Director for Airborne High Energy Laser Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$79,945.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N68936-09-C-0336
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.1
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-009-0097
Solicitation Topic Code:
N091-009
Small Business Information
Redstone Aerospace Corp.
P.O. Box 1504, Longmont, CO, 80502
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
053291642
Principal Investigator
 Robert Levenduski
 President
 (303) 684-8125
 rlevenduski@redstoneaerospace.com
Business Contact
 Robert Levenduski
Title: President
Phone: (303) 684-8125
Email: rlevenduski@redstoneaerospace.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Most gimbal systems are designed for maximum stiffness and lowest mass. Gimbal stiffness is generally a principal requirement because the control bandwidth and pointing capability are directly related to the stiffness. Typically, the need to satisfy mass and stiffness requirements forces a compromise between the geometry and the materials. To date, design and development of high performance gimbals have been based on increasing the stiffness to the greatest extent possible and then controlling the gimbal with classical control techniques to the highest bandwidth possible. An alternative approach is to utilize flexible body control techniques with a relatively soft gimbal to enable pointing control beyond its first structural mode. Doing so would enable lightweight, low cost gimbals to be incorporated into airborne platforms. This effort will develop the advanced control techniques needed to effect precision pointing of a lightweight beam director.

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