HELBED High Energy Laser BEam Director

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-19-C-0072
Agency Tracking Number: A182-129-0191
Amount: $99,999.99
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A18-129
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-03-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-09-14
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive, Rockville, MD, 20855
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Rich LeBlanc
 (301) 795-2702
Business Contact
 Mr. Mark James
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
The steering of optical axes has become a part of many systems, and is typically achieved using a mechanical steering mechanism. In order to integrate HEL weapons onto SWaP constrained platforms, a small, lightweight, agile beam steering system (BSS) with microradian accuracy is required.Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI) and Boulder Nonlinear Systems (BNS) propose to develop a Liquid Crystal Polarization Gratings (LCPG) to be positioned at the output aperture of the HEL where the power/energy density is low. The proposed LCPG solution consists of stages stacked along the optical axis; the number and construction of the stages are determined by the required field of regard and steering resolution. The random access control of an LCPG-based steering system (access to any pointing angle without slewing) provides high speed for multiple target engagements and high accuracy tracking.Though LCPGs are inherently single wavelength devices, a key innovation of our approach is a technique for steering multiple lasers located within a wide band. To improve throughput, we will explore stage-level transmission improvements and two-device steering systems that have coarse and fine steering devices.The IAI-BNS team has the prior experience and technical expertise to develop this next generation BSS.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government