Laser Beacon for Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF) and Combat Identification

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,998.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8651-10-M-0228
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-100-2552
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF093-100
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Diffraction, Ltd
186 Mad River Park, Waitsfield, VT, 05673
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
795156629
Principal Investigator:
Marc Hammond
Senior Optical Engineer
(802) 496-6640
marc.hammond@ogaragroup.com
Business Contact:
Bob Kogut
General Manager
(802) 496-6640
bob.kogut@ogaragroup.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed multi-spectral IFF beacon will use 40 to 50 % effient high power laser diodes at 863, 1064, and 1550 nm wavelengths. Thermal emitters including diamond-like carbon thin films, photonic crystals, and quantum cascade lasers will be characterized and compared. Finally a model to predict the detection range of IFF beacons will be developed using proprietary emitter power and atmospheric tranmission models coupled with various Night Vision & Electronic Systems Directorate range performance models. BENEFIT: High power, high efficiency, compact, multi-spectral beacons will greatly enhance the safety of joint tactical air controllers and other operators on the ground.

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