Optical Turbulence Forecasting for Directed Energy and Laser Communication Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,998.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-06-C-0072
Award Id:
78211
Agency Tracking Number:
053-0094
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 3027, Bellevue, WA, 98009
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
151471349
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Werne
Principal Investigator
(303) 415-9701
werne@cora.nwra.com
Business Contact:
David Fritts
NWRA CoRA Division Manager
(425) 644-9660
contracts-grants@nwra.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This proposal addresses the development of advanced optical- turbulence forecasting tools to aid design, testing, and operations for applications involving laser propagation through the atmosphere. These include laser-weapons systems, free-space optical communication, and astronomical observations. Recent advances in atmospheric-dynamics research (measurement, simulation, and theory), in concert with a related MDA project, present a unique opportunity for optical-turbulence forecasting that is significantly better than what is currently available. By adapting this research, we can develop optical turbulence forecasts which simultaneously predict model expectation values and model uncertainty, allowing for the possibility of real-time evaluation of forecast skill without an ensemble procedure. The approach involves using Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling to combine NWP output with high- resolution measurement data and results from very high-resolution numerical simulations we have done of specific atmospheric processes. The methodology is well suited to the development of an improved Atmospheric Decision Aid (ADA) for the Airborne Laser (ABL), which we believe will be much more appropriate, accurate, and reliable than the existing ABL ADA. The approach is novel and has several significant advantages which we propose to explore during this Phase I effort.

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