Development of a Thermal Management System for Tactical Airborne High Power Laser Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$499,946.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68936-10-C-0143
Award Id:
98037
Agency Tracking Number:
N092-112-0945
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N092-112
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
Joe Homitz
PI/Engineer
(321) 631-3550
jhomitz@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
Chief Financial Officer
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The U.S. Navy is seeking a thermal management solution for the development of an advanced airborne tactical laser. Current aircraft thermal management systems are not capable of dissipating high-heat-flux thermal loads or transporting and rejecting overall thermal loads on the order of those associated with tactical lasers. Beyond overcoming limitations of existing systems, the developmental system must meet strict volume, mass, and reliability requirements associated with aircraft operation. In Phase I, Mainstream experimentally demonstrated an advanced cooling technology that proved to be able to minimize system weight and volume. Additionally, two full-scale thermal management system (TMS) designs were completed. In Phase II, a full-scale TMS will be fabricated according to a design completed in Phase I. The prototype will be experimentally evaluated through numerous rounds of thermal and environmental testing. At the completion of the Phase II effort, Mainstream will deliver a compact, lightweight thermal management system that has proven to be a reliable solution. This ambitious effort will be accomplished by leveraging Mainstream"s extensive experience in thermal controls and the development of robust military-systems.

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