Adaptive Controls for Aero-Optics Compensation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$749,922.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
FA9451-07-C-0030
Solitcitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2007
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-006-1918
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-006
Small Business Information
MZA ASSOC. CORP.
2021 Girard SE, Suite 150, Albuquerque, NM, 87106
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
794350025
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Whiteley
 VP Dayton Operations/Sr.
 (937) 432-6560
 whiteley@mza.com
Business Contact
 Robert Praus
Title: President
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Email: praus@mza.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
MZA proposes to conduct laboratory testing of adaptive control for wavefront compensation of aerodynamic optical disturbances. The laboratory system will use a low-cost polymer deformable mirror with actuator patterns specialized for adaptive control. Aero-optical disturbances will be imparted in the laboratory by a liquid crystal spatial light modulator using wind tunnel measurements. A Hartmann wavefront sensor and scoring camera will be operated in scaled real-time using a WaveTrain-Lab controller. Performance comparisons will be made between the adaptive control algorithm and a conventional control method. Laboratory build-up and initial compensation tests will occur in the first year of the effort. Performance characterizations and optimizations will be conducted during the second year. MZA also proposes to conduct wave-optics simulations of the adaptive controller applied to candidate laser directed energy systems to determine the performance benefit offered by advanced adaptive optics control.

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