Long-Range Eyesafe Ladar Rangefinder for the Airborne Laser's Active Ranging System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$749,965.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9113M-07-C-0138
Award Id:
78428
Agency Tracking Number:
053-0750
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 6024, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91413
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
082191198
Principal Investigator:
JamesMurray
Corporate Senior Scientis
(520) 571-8660
jmurray@arete.com
Business Contact:
DaveKane
Vice President
(520) 571-8232
dkane@arete.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
To counter emerging threats of theater ballistic missiles the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has sponsored the development of the Airborne Laser Weapons System (ABLWS). For the ABLWS to defeat multiple targets over the theater of operation it must be capable of accurately tracking multiple targets simultaneously. The Active Ranging System (ARS) plays a crucial role in achieving this capability by providing quick and accurate measurements of the missiles position and velocity over time. Traditional laser radar (ladar) systems rely on complex and expensive high pulse energy coherent detection configurations. This proposal addresses a new and innovative ladar technology that dramatically reduces the cost and complexity of the associated system by leveraging dual-use laser communications hardware and technology. Phase II will develop a prototype ladar system that will demonstrate long-range detection using Arete's proprietary technology. After successful completion of the Phase II, we envision transitioning this SBIR program into a Phase-III Advanced Technology Program (ATP) that will demonstrate the full (six-state, 3-position and 3-velocity) tracking capability of the ARS concept against objective (moving) targets.

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