SPACE APPLICATIONS OF THE SOLAR PUMPED LASER

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 9473
Amount: $52,282.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Astronautics Co
11519 Turnbridge Ln, Reston, VA, 22094
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Rick Fleeter
 (703) 787-9121
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
FIVE MILITARY SPACE LASER APPLICATIONS, LOCAL AND GLOBAL WIND MAPPING, ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY MEASUREMENTS, AIR AND SPACE BORNE OBJECT ID AND SURVEILLANCE, SUBMARINE COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERSATELLITE POWER RELAY HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED. THESE APPLICATIONS ALL REQUIRE 100 TO 1000 WATTS OF CONTINUOUS LASER POWER. THE ONLY PRACTICAL WAY TO ORBIT LASER RESOURCES OF THIS HIGH POWER IS THE SOLAR PUMPED LASER (SPL) WHICH CONVERT SUNLIGHT TO HIGH QUALITY LASER RADIATION AT 10% TO 15% EFFICIENCY, MORE THAN 10 TIMES THE EFFICIENCY OF CONVENTIONAL ELECTRIC LASERS. THE PROPOSED PROGRAM GOAL IS TO TRANSITION THE SPL FROM THE LABORATORY TO SPACE APPLICATION.

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