Steering mirrors - Higher bandwidth

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: FA9453-05-M-0070
Agency Tracking Number: 044-1220
Amount: $99,688.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-109
Solicitation Number: 2004.4
Small Business Information
APPLIED TECHNOLOGY ASSOC.
1300 Britt SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87123
DUNS: 081475873
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Felix Morgan
 Engineering Fellow
 (505) 767-1275
 morgan@aptec.com
Business Contact
 Jeffrey Stein
Title: Director Finance, Contracts & Admin
Phone: (505) 767-1231
Email: 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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