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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
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.

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