Laser Ordnance Safe-Arm Distributor (LOSAD)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-08-C-7924
Agency Tracking Number: B063-040-0900
Amount: $947,130.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-019
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
6767 Old Madison Pike, Suite 240, Huntsville, AL, 35806
DUNS: 034964945
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Wayne McCain
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 971-1992
Business Contact
 Tom Newberry
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: (256) 922-9300
Research Institution
Following a very successful Phase I program, INTUITIVE proposes to continue the development of the standalone, Laser Ordnance Safe-Arm Distributor (LOSAD) to be used as a combination safe-arm device and laser energy distributor in this Phase II effort. LOSAD addresses the current need for a laser firing system safe-arm in existing and future MDA programs. The LOSAD utilizes INTUITIVE’s basic ‘optical block’ Ignition Safety Device (ISD) jointly developed with MOOG for THAAD’s laser ordnance system. INTUITIVE will further develop the LOSAD during Phase II to minimize internal switching losses and build/demonstrate working prototypes of single channel and multiple channel devices. LOSAD’s distributor function eliminates the need for duplicate laser firing units for initiating multiple devices. 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). 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 complexities and costs. No such device currently exits in inventory. Not only will LOSAD immediately serve as a back-up for the current THAAD ISD development program, but other DoD programs; NASA/Commercial Space systems; and the commercial demolition, mining, and explosives ordnance industries are prime potential customers. Bottom line: improved safety, reduced complexity, and reduced costs.

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