Safe and Arm and Arm and Fire Devices

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,993.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-07-C-7737
Award Id:
81758
Agency Tracking Number:
B063-040-0900
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6767 Old Madison Pike, Suite 240, Huntsville, AL, 35806
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
034964945
Principal Investigator:
J. McCain
Principal Investigator
(256) 971-1992
wayne.mccain@irtc-hq.com
Business Contact:
Harold Brewer
VP/COO
(256) 922-9300
harold.brewer@irtc-hq.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
INTUITIVE proposes the development of a standalone, Laser Ordnance Safe-Arm Distributor (LOSAD) to be used as a combination safe-arm device and laser energy distributor with laser initiated ordnance to address the current need for such a device in existing and future MDA programs. The LOSAD will utilize INTUITIVEs basic optical block Ignition Safety Device (ISD) developed for THAADs laser ordnance system. INTUITIVE will further develop the basic optical switch element to apply its use as a standalone safe-arm device and a distributor for selection and firing of multiple ordnance devices from the same laser firing unit. No such device currently exits in inventory. Furthermore, the need for duplicate laser firing units for initiating multiple devices would be eliminated. In addition, a higher-level of safety is inherent by use of the optical interrupt in the initiation train as required by MIL-STD-1901A. Verification of proper channel selection (via electromechanical switches directly coupled to the optical elements and optical BIT) are to be accomplished before arming and firing. The same level of electrical safety as now provided will result with an additional level of safety provided by the optical interrupts. The LOSAD will result in a significant improvement in overall safety for multiple device initiation with a desirable reduction in laser diodes and related firing hardware complexity and costs. Bottom line: improved safety, reduced complexity, and reduced costs.

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