Tactical HEL Weapon Alignment System Architecture Options and Trade Offs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$1,249,530.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9451-08-C-0102
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-008-1066
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF071-008
Solicitation Number:
2007.1
Small Business Information
MZA ASSOC. CORP.
2021 Girard SE, Suite 150, Albuquerque, NM, 87106
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
794350025
Principal Investigator:
Donald Washburn
Senior Scientist
(505) 245-9970
washburn@mza.com
Business Contact:
Robert Praus II
President
(505) 245-9970
praus@mza.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Weight, footprint, complexity and jitter characteristics of current Beam Control Systems (BCS) preclude their becoming practical for many applications. BCS must be smaller, lighter and more stable to fully realize the potential of new laser device technologies. Phase I of this SBIR, entitled OTHELA (Optimized Tactical HEL Architecture), provided an on-gimbal beam control system (OGBCS) concept, complete with a ZMAX optical layout, a composite structural design, and innovative beam control concepts, which established the feasibility of performing all beam control functions completely on-gimbal. The specified system exhibits lightweight, minimal footprint, minimal high power mirror count and superior stabilization characteristics. In addition to clever optical and structural design, OTHELA required innovative beam control concepts in order to perform all conventional beam control functions on gimbal. This Phase II effort performs the necessary laboratory demonstrations to provide risk reduction of the innovative adaptive optics and the innovative tracking alignment and stabilization concepts that are necessary to implement the OGBCS concept.

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