Miniature Stabilized Gimbal Laser Pointing System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-13-C-0022
Agency Tracking Number: F112-097-0768
Amount: $1,798,276.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: AF112-097
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
12303 Technology Blvd. Suite 925, Austin, TX, 78727
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Greg Mooty
 Senior Electrical Engineer
 (512) 744-1804
Business Contact
 Mike Thering
Title: Director, Managing Partne
Phone: (512) 744-1803
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Ascendant Engineering Solutions (AES) proposes to build upon the modeling and analysis and conceptual design effort from the execution of its Phase I contract to develop a flight-worthy form-fit-function Key Technology Demonstrator system during a Phase II contract. The primary objectives are to: 1) Precisely point and hold a laser spot on a target; 2) Safely control the laser beam to prevent collateral damage by providing real-time feedback of the laser spot location; and 3) Package a gimbal payload in small Tube Launched (TL) and Hand-Launched (HL) UAV gimbal configuration. The size of the TLUAV gimbal will be sub 5 inch diameter, and the HLUAV gimbal will be less than 3.5 inches in diameter. The successful completion of the Phase II baseline and option program will result in a technology demonstration system in which the novel precision laser pointing technology has been demonstrated in a from-fit-function gimbal on a manned aircraft. The Phase II program provides a low risk transition to a production design for both TLUAV and HLUAV platforms. BENEFIT: The transition of this precision laser pointing technology to Tube Launched and Hand-Launched UAV gimbals provides them with the new ability to both identify and designate targets for laser-guided ordinance. This removes the need for any soldiers on the ground performing this function. Other potential applications include ground-to-air and air-to-air laser communications for both military and commercial aviation industries.

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