Modular Integrated Adaptive Optics System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-12-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: F103-018-1600
Amount: $749,073.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-018
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
4665 Nautilus Ct. S. STE 500, Boulder, CO, -
DUNS: 619597995
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Barchers
 (303) 530-2002
Business Contact
 Jeffrey Barchers
Title: President
Phone: (303) 530-2002
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Military-class Adaptive Optical (AO) system technology remains highly specialized and typically must be tailored to the application of interest. Nutronics, Inc. proposes to address the challenges posed by next generation military-class AO applications by developing and delivering a state of the art 1020-ch ukNAO Unit with the following features: fiber-reference self-referencing interferometer & piston-only segmented deformable mirror (DM) to effective maximum possible closed loop stable performance in strong scintillation conditions, combined firmware and continuous optical zoom system to enable testing with an effective number of actuators from 8 to 32 across the aperture, error rejection bandwidth of 800 Hz at a gain margin of 2.5 with noise gain of less than 0.30, operate from 1500-1600 nm, capability to project a beam at an alternate wavelength, a defined minimum power for wavefront sensor (WFS) and tracker operation, and projected fading performance better than 10 dB for a broad envelope of turbulence conditions. This design was reached by extensive trade studies over a broad range of DM and WFS options. The particular design was tailored for demanding free space optical communication links. BENEFIT: The proposed effort has numerous potential benefits and commercial applications, including (but not limited to): laser communication, space situational awareness, astronomical ground based imaging, laser radar, laser rangefinding, aircraft self defense (both commercial and military), air-base defense, ship self-defense, and tactical precision strike.

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