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Low SWaP Tactical Beam Control System
Title: Research Scientist
Phone: (937) 684-4100
Phone: (505) 245-9970
MZA proposes to develop a conceptual design for a low-SWaP beam control system for general airborne directed energy applications that is optimized for line-of-sight stabilization, precision pointing, and high bandwidth tracking. The proposed design will leverage MZAâ€™s significant prior experience in designing, constructing, and testing high-energy laser (HEL) and adaptive-optic (AO) compatible beam director systems like the Navyâ€™s HEFL Beam Director System (HBDS), which was initially developed for helicopter integration and then successfully adapted to flight testing on the Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory Transonic (AAOL-T) aircraft. The conceptual designs will then be evaluated using an integrated modeling workflow that incorporates mechanical modeling with MZAâ€™s well-developed suite of HEL modeling and simulation tools, including SHaRE and WaveTrainâ„¢. The effects of platform mechanical and aerodynamic disturbance sources will be included in these simulations. The results of these modeling exercises will be analyzed and interpreted in order to produce a set of requirements both for the overall beam control system and for specific components and subsystems that will be used in future phases to ensure that the overall TBC system achieves target performance requirements while minimizing SWaP.
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