Light weight Rubidium-Metal Vapor Circulating System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-13-C-7323
Agency Tracking Number: B122-018-0271
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA12-018
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
P. O. Box 44291, Madison, WI, -
DUNS: 170403513
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Frederick Elder
 (608) 257-6661
Business Contact
 Frederick Elder
Title: President
Phone: (608) 257-6661
Research Institution
Frederick T. Elder & Associates(FTEA) proposes an approach to the development of a closed-cycle Helium-Rubidium(He-Rb) circulator that allows for FTEA to ensure safety throughout the project, to manufacture a prototype at a reasonable cost using mostly commercial components if selected for Phase II, and to meet or exceed the requirements outlined in the solicitation. FTEA has considered existing Diode-Pumped Alkali Laser technologies, rubidium chemical compatibility, low-leak fittings, contamination resistant and seal-less pumps, and contacted subcontractors who have offered their experience and future assistance. By choosing a design that does not require dynamic or rotating shaft seals, FTEA will eliminate the accidental release of hazardous material and the contamination of the supplied He-Rb mixture. The selection of commercially available hardware allows FTEA to apply our past experiences with hazardous chemicals and custom test apparatus towards the requirements of the MDA while minimizing the cost and development time for the finished product.

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