Dual-Mode Continuous-Wave Ladar and Optical Communications System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9132V-13-P-0003
Agency Tracking Number: A122-089-0455
Amount: $149,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: A12-089
Solitcitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
Bridger Photonics, Inc
2310 University Way, Bldg 4-4, Bozeman, MT, -
Duns: 788293244
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Randy Reibel
 President and COO
 (406) 585-2774
 reibel@bridgerphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Peter Roos
Title: Vice President and CEO
Phone: (406) 585-2774
Email: roos@bridgerphotonics.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Because the data products generated by modern imaging ladar systems are inherently large in information content, there is currently a severe bottleneck in the communications of these products to end users, particularly when full-waveform recovery is desired. Bridger Photonics Inc. proposes to develop a dual-mode laser system capable of performing laser radar imaging as well as high speed free-space optical communications using the same laser source. The system will capitalize on Bridger"s existing ladar technology that can provide, when needed, foliage penetration, Doppler signatures, very high dynamic range, and the highest range resolution available. Bridger will demonstrate that their system architecture is ideally positioned to seamlessly integrate high-speed free-space optical communications as an additional and potentially simultaneous mode of operation without significant alterations to Bridger"s existing system components. To do so, Bridger plans to determine the subsystem design for the free-space optical communication system and model the anticipated system performance. Critical hardware demonstrations will be performed that will highlight the dual-mode operation. Finally, a preliminary Phase II design will be downselected and its costs, performance and feasibility will be determined. A Phase I option will enhance this prototype design to enable a smooth transition to a potential Phase II effort.

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