Adaptive Controls for Aero-Optics Compensation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,922.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9451-07-C-0030
Award Id:
78865
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-006-1918
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2021 Girard SE, Suite 150, Albuquerque, NM, 87106
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
794350025
Principal Investigator:
Matthew Whiteley
VP Dayton Operations/Sr.
(937) 432-6560
whiteley@mza.com
Business Contact:
Robert Praus
President
(505) 245-9970
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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