Multifunctional Structures with Structurally Integrated Circuitry for Use on the Airborne Laser (ABL)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$69,361.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F2960103M0294
Award Id:
64097
Agency Tracking Number:
031-1715
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
15270 Timber Trail, Mishawaka, IN, 46545
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
062808014
Principal Investigator:
BartonBennett
President
(574) 255-6183
Barton.Bennett@odyssian.com
Business Contact:
BartonBennett
President
(574) 255-6183
Barton.Bennett@odyssian.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Multifunctional structure encompasses a revolutionary level of integration that improves performance and reduces cost. Subsystem functionality is integrated into structural members to eliminate the need for subsystem interconnecting wires, cables, lines,and supporting brackets. Avionics support racks can be eliminated. Large modular structure with embedded subsystem functionality will eliminate the cost and complexity of subsystem interconnects and components found in conventional air and space vehicles.Odyssian Technology proposes to develop multifunctional structure with structurally integrated flex circuitry that supports the Airborne Laser (ABL) vibration and beam control systems. Boeing, the prime contractor on ABL, will participate in this programto provide guidance and input on ABL requirements. A conceptual design study, impact analysis, and proof-of-concept demonstration will occur in phase I to identify the feasibility and benefits of implementing multifunctional structure onto the ABL. Duringphase II, prototype hardware will be developed and demonstrated. Multifunctional structure with structurally integrated flex circuitry will reduce purchase price or acquisition costs of land, air, and space vehicles by eliminating part count and the costof protective jackets (i.e., harnesses), support brackets, clips, assembly, and installation In addition, weight and volume is reduced to improve system performance and operating efficiencies. Commercial applications exist in both the military andprivate sectors. Several emerging military platforms, such as the ABL, Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAV), have an immediate need to minimize weight, volume, and cost. Private sector applications that are particularly sensitive to weight, volume, andcost include automobiles, recreational vehicle, satellites, and commercial aircraft.

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