Awards

$750K

Advanced Tactical Laser Adaptive Simulator-Visualization, Operations, Training, Engineering, and Rehearsal Toolkit (ATLAS - VOTER)

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Special Operations Command
Topic: SOCOM03-007
Budget: 09/27/04 - 09/27/06
PI: Dunn Idle

The ATLAS-VOTER Toolkit is physics based with detailed aircraft models, environmental effects, operator, instructor, and analyst work stations, High Energy Laser (HEL) modeling, and graphic user interfaces. Because of the maturity of its component softwar

$100K

Advanced Optical System Technologies

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Alabama, Huntsville

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA04-T007
Budget: 07/29/04 - 01/28/05
PI: Mr. Bruce Peters

Detection of missiles during the boost phase requires a sensor located on a high altitude forward deployed platform or on a spacecraft. Unlike a spacecraft, a forward deployed high altitude airship (HAA) or an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is relatively mobile and can be quickly deployed to areas of concern. For a single sensor to fit on a HAA o...

$100K

Smooth, Piecewise-Polynomial Terrain Representation Using Nontraditional Metrics

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of South Carolina

Agency: Army
Topic: A04-T016
Budget: 07/08/04 - 01/31/05
PI: Mr. Michael Sherry

Current methods for representing terrain data utilize standard metrics (least squares or maximum deviation) to generate an approximation of terrain surfaces. These methods typically represent the data through a piecewise linear (polygonal) surface which fails to capture the smoothness of the data and thereby creates undesirable artifacts. The re...

$100K

Rapid Fabrication of Mirrors

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA04-067
Budget: 05/14/04 - 05/18/05
PI: Mr. William Goodman

MDA and the Air Force are interested in low cost, rapidly fabricated, stiff, lightweight mirror technologies for meter-class optics. Schafer and teammate SRS Technologies propose to directly produce large diameter replicated mirrors using liquid phase processing to generate a 0 CTE glass foam support structure to support a polymer membrane (CP1...

$100K

Innovative Manufacturing Process Improvements

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA04-035
Budget: 05/05/04 - 11/05/04
PI: Mr. William Goodman

MDA and Air Force are interested in advanced infrared optical windows for high-energy laser (HEL) systems. Laser windows always absorb some of the incident and transmitted energy. A non-uniform intensity beam profile causes non-uniform thermal gradients in the window, producing optical distortions and mechanical stresses. The window material ...

$100K

Lightweight Optics for High Energy Applications

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF04-008
Budget: 04/15/04 - 04/15/05
PI: Mr. William Goodman

The corrected system wavefront error (WFE) for tactical airborne and relay mirror systems can be minimized using low figure error/surface finish, low print-through, SLMST technology with high-reflectivity VLA coatings. The performance requirements of corrective mirrors in the system (DMs, FSMs) might also be relaxed as the result of the improve...

$70K

Actively Cooled Silicon Lightweight Mirrors for Far Infrared and Submillimeter Optical Systems

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 04-1
Budget: 01/01/04 - 12/31/04
PI: Mr. William Goodman

Schafer proposes to demonstrate 2 different methods for actively cooling our 5-7.5 kg/m2 areal density Silicon Lightweight Mirrors (SLMS?) technology for future NASA far infrared and sub-millimeter missions. In Phase I, direct internal cooling will be demonstrated by directly flowing liquid nitrogen through the continuous open cell core of the S...

$95K

Advanced Tactical Laser Adaptive Simulator-Visualization, Operations, Training, Engineering, and Rehearsal Toolkit (ATLAS - VOTER)

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Special Operations Command
Topic: SOCOM03-007
Budget: 12/19/03 - 04/19/04
PI: Dr. Dunning I. 5th

The ATLAS-VOTER Toolkit is physics based with detailed aircraft models, environmental effects, operator, instructor, and analyst work stations, High Energy Laser (HEL) modeling, and graphic user interfaces. Because of the maturity of its component software modules, this SBIR effort could deliver a value added tool suite by the end of Phase I. ...

$736K

High Structural Efficiency Silicon Lightweight Mirrors (SLMS) for Optical/RF Communications Antennas

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: AF02-031
Budget: 10/06/03 - 12/30/05
PI: Mr. William Goodman

The Air Force Electro-Optical Combat Identification Technology Branch (AFRL/SNJM) has interest in developing multi-function EO/IR components such as Laser Radar Communications Antennas. A lightweight antenna for operation in the Ku-band, Ka-band and the 1.55 micron laser wavelength would provide a technology breakthrough for aircraft communicat...

$736K

High Structural Efficiency, Silicon Lightweight Mirrors (SLMS)

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: AF02-031
Budget: 10/06/03 - 12/30/05
PI: Mr. William Goodman

In Phase II, AFRL/VSSV has interest in developing lightweight, athermal, infrared space telescopes. Athermal telescopes have utility for use in Multi-Access Laser Space Terminals for Transformational Communications operating at GEO, and for the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Low surveillance mission operating at cryogenic temperatures. Si...

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