Improved Laser Diodes for Space Laser Communications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$999,455.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W91260-08-C-0196
Agency Tracking Number:
B063-020-0526
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA06-020
Solicitation Number:
2006.3
Small Business Information
NLIGHT PHOTONICS
5408 NE 88th Street, Bldg E, Vancouver, WA, 98665
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
799811646
Principal Investigator
 Mark DeFranza
 Principle Investigator
 (360) 566-4472
 mark.defranza@nlight.net
Business Contact
 Bob Ferina
Title: Program Manager
Phone: (360) 713-5137
Email: bob.ferina@nlight.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Space-based laser systems require unsurpassed reliability and ruggedness, as space-deployment may make it impossible to service and repair deployed systems. In this program we propose to continue our Phase I investigation to systematically identify, address and eliminate the most significant failure points in space-deployed diode laser systems. We will replace these points of failure with evolutionary and revolutionary assembly methods and capabilities that will significantly increase the probability of success for space-based missions. We will address each of the significant failure modes present in today’s diode based laser systems. At the conclusion of this program we will have developed design and manufacturing techniques more robust than found anywhere else in the industry. The design and testing of these new packaging capabilities will be directed towards improving the TRL and the probability of success for space deployed diode laser-based systems.

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