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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-10-C-0143
Agency Tracking Number: N092-112-0945
Amount: $749,673.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: N092-112
Solitcitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, -
Duns: 175302579
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joe Homitz
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Research Institution
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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