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Multispectral six-color laser transmitter for mine hunting applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0239
Agency Tracking Number: N141-008-0539
Amount: $1,587,374.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N141-008
Solicitation Number: 14.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-12-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-11-17
Small Business Information
135 South Road
Bedford, MA 01730
United States
DUNS: 061931676
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Logan R Chieffo
 Principal Scientist
 (781) 275-9535
Business Contact
 David Weatherby
Phone: (978) 738-8107
Research Institution

Q-Peak Inc. will develop a multi-spectral laser transmitter with six frequency bands across the visible and near infrared (NIR) spectral regions for the next generation of the Navy’s Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) airborne mine detection system. Currently, COBRA’s mine detection system utilizes a sensor payload that operates onboard the MQ-8B Fire Scout and can detect surf and beach zone mines in the daytime. Q-Peak’s multispectral laser transmitter will serve to extend the capabilities of COBRA by increasing the probability of detection while lowering false alarm rates. The addition of multiple spectral bands will also serve to extend the operational capabilities of the COBRA system into nighttime and littoral zone detection. The proposed multispectral laser transmitter utilizes Q-Peak’s CHAMP amplifier technology, which provides an improvement in the overall net gain capabilities by >3× over traditional optical amplifier geometries within the same operating volume, enabling high-pulse energies and efficient nonlinear optical conversion in an extremely low SWaP package.

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