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Jitter Reduction in Light Weight Beam Control Devices

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0860-21-C-7025
Agency Tracking Number: B202-010-0121
Amount: $149,942.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA20-010
Solicitation Number: 20.2
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-12-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-06-30
Small Business Information
4900 Lang Avenue NE, Suite 100
Albuquerque, NM 87109-9708
United States
DUNS: 794350025
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Nicholas De Lucca
 (937) 396-7107
Business Contact
 Robert Praus
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Research Institution

MZA is proposing to use both system and component level finite element modeling along with rapid prototyping enabled by additive manufacturing (AM) to iteratively design and test low SWaP optical mounts that passively isolate jitter. Each directed energy system has its own unique jitter challenges, and by developing a process to tune optical mount performance to its jitter environment, jitter can be reduced while minimizing overall system size, weight and power (SWaP). This approach is inspired by the extensive experience MZA has in jitter modeling, testing and beam control system design. Jitter models will be used to determine the expected input disturbance to the optic mount and also to identify key vibration modes of the mount itself. The design process will eliminate material in the mounts while retaining sufficient stiffness along the tilt axes of the mounted optic to not introduce additional jitter. We will utilize the ability of AM to introduce cavities and internal structure that cannot be made using traditional machining to accomplish this. These SWaP reductions will be combined with isolation approaches to further mitigate jitter. This process will be performed iteratively to arrive at optimized designs for both SWaP and jitter performance. Approved for Public Release | 20-MDA-10643 (3 Dec 20)

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