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Adaptive Controls for Aero-Optics Compensation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-06-M-0128
Agency Tracking Number: F061-006-1918
Amount: $99,963.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-006
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-04-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-04-17
Small Business Information
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Albuquerque, NM 87106
United States
DUNS: 794350025
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Whiteley
 Vice President Dayton Operations
 (937) 432-6560
Business Contact
 Robert Praus, II
Title: President
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Research Institution

MZA has teamed with Prof. Steve Gibson of UCLA to propose the development of adaptive wavefront reconstruction and jitter control techniques for the robust, high-bandwidth compensation of aero-optical effects. Through his work with AFRL, HEL JTO, and AFOSR, Prof. Gibson is on the forefront of adaptive control applied to atmospheric turbulence compensation. High-fidelity wave-optics simulations have shown that adaptive control techniques can provide a factor of two increase in effective closed-loop bandwidth over the standard atmospheric turbulence control technique without having to increase sampling frequency of the wavefront sensor (WFS). The nature of the aero-optic disturbance leads us to believe that the aero-optic disturbance is an ideal candidate for adaptive compensation. In this proposal, we lay out a plan to tailor adaptive control techniques to the aero-optics problem and to design an effective demonstration of the resulting technology.

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