Optical Propagation Improvement System (OPIS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-07-C-0029
Agency Tracking Number: F061-006-1530
Amount: $749,955.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF06-006
Solitcitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
PO Box 6971, Chesterfield, MO, 63006
Duns: 126752018
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alan Cain
 (314) 373-3311
Business Contact
 Alan Cain
Title: President
Phone: (314) 373-3311
Email: abcain@ITACLLC.com
Research Institution
A system that provides a large field of regard for propagation of a laser beam from a transonic platform will be evaluated at larger scale and in greater detail (with more realistic and detailed geometry) than the successful Phase I demonstrations. Critical and practical issues identified in phase I will be addressed during the Phase II effort. The design includes a concept to address the fact that shocks do develop in transonic flow. A simple test in Phase I demonstrated the shock control capability. A second feature demonstrated in Phase I provided a simple and effective means of controlling optical aberrations and a successful method of adaptive-optic correction. In a preliminary Phase I evaluation of the basic concept, the mean intensity of the beam divided by that of a theoretically ideal propagating beam was increased from 0.22 to 0.61. The Phase II plan offers the opportunity to refine the successes of Phase I for both improved capability and closer fidelity to a real operational system.

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