Steering mirrors - Higher bandwidth

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,688.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-05-M-0070
Agency Tracking Number:
044-1220
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA04-109
Solicitation Number:
2004.4
Small Business Information
APPLIED TECHNOLOGY ASSOC.
1300 Britt SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87123
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
081475873
Principal Investigator:
Felix Morgan
Engineering Fellow
(505) 767-1275
morgan@aptec.com
Business Contact:
Jeffrey Stein
Director Finance, Contracts & Admin
(505) 767-1231
stein@aptec.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
As the Airborne Laser (ABL) comes closer to putting a high energy laser (HEL) on a boosting missile target, it has become obvious that a high bandwidth fast steering mirror (FSM) needs to be developed. This FSM must be capable of controlling large, 12-inch mirrors while handling the HEL power levels. Applied Technology Associates (ATA) proposes to develop for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) revolutionary actuator and sensor concepts for high bandwidth (2 kHz) fast steering mirrors. These revolutionary concepts are an outgrowth of our preliminary work on a 1 kHz, 12-inch fast steering mirror sponsored by the HEL Joint Technology Office (JTO). Using this approach, ATA proposes developing a new FSM-specific actuator that provides greater efficiency, higher bandwidth, and lower mass (for the same force) than has ever been previously achieved. It will be combined with a two-degree-of-freedom (2DOF), high-accuracy, relative position sensors (HARPS) that will provide high bandwidth, low noise, high accuracy relative position sensing-overcoming previous relative position sensor shortcomings.

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