Adaptive Laser Beam Control Using Return Photon Statistics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0010
Agency Tracking Number: F033-0097
Amount: $376,321.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03T009
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2003
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-12-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-09-02
Small Business Information
69 Vista Linda Road, PO Box 2756, Ranchos de Taos, NM, 87557
DUNS: 072713436
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Susan Chandler
 Principle Scientist
 (505) 758-0169
 smchandler@nukove.com
Business Contact
 Gordon Lukesh
Title: Managing Partner
Phone: (505) 758-0169
Email: gordon.lukesh@nukove.com
Research Institution
 NEW MEXICO STATE UNIV.
 David Voelz
 MSC SPA, PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM, 88003
 (505) 646-3471
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
During a Phase I STTR Contract #F49620-03-C-0064 provided by AFOSR, Nukove Scientific Consulting addressed “Adaptive Laser Beam Control Using Return Photon Statistics” with considerable success. The Nukove/NMSU Team demonstrated the feasibility of combining Nukove’s statistical approaches to pointing estimation and target identification with a laboratory testbed at NMSU. This proposed Phase II STTR Grant will take the laboratory demonstration to a professional stand-alone estimation tool that may be used in field experiments at telescope facilities around the world. Nukove has considerable contact with experimentalists at the Starfire Optical Range on Kirtland AFB, NM and the AMOS facility on Mt. Haleakala, on Maui, Hawaii. To address the deeper statistical framework for the pointing estimation techniques, Nukove added a statistician at NMSU specializing in analysis specific to the determination of the fundamental limits of the pointing and target estimation. To ensure a professional package will be available in the near term for chi-square testing at NMSU, Nukove has added a software consulting company to the team with 20+ years experience in GUI and web design. The progress during Phase I together with the augmentation of additional team members assures a viable product will be available and well founded in both science and utility.

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