Awards

$750K

Lightweight Kinematic Optical Mount for Vibration and Shock Environments

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA04-110
Budget: 07/18/06 - 07/18/08
PI: Mr. Mark Mimovich

The objective of this program is to develop a lightweight kinematic optical mount with integrated passive vibration-and-shock mitigation technologies and robust "Set and Forget" alignment adjustment design features. The intended use of this advanced optical mount is within existing DoD optical systems but can also be tailored to enhance alignme...

$100K

Unified Pressurization and Valving for Smart-Material Based Electrohydrostatic Actuators (EHAs)

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF06-232
Budget: 05/01/06 - 05/01/07
PI: Mr. Ryan Sneed

Smart material-based actuators have shown promise as compact units for generating fluid power. These actuators have been successfully built to operate at high frequencies, but valve limitations have consistently reduced overall performance. Both passive and active valve concepts have been designed and tested. Passive reed-type valves are simp...

$750K

Global Jitter Control Design for Integrated Opto-mechanical Systems

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA04-104
Budget: 04/20/06 - 04/20/08
PI: Ms. Leslie P. Fowler

This research will develop a control system methodology, including analysis, design, synthesis and implementation, that will improve the performance of laser weapons and other systems degraded by line-of-sight jitter. It will demonstrate that a global control approach improves jitter performance over traditional methods that employ independent ...

$749K

High-Bandwidth Servovalve for Motion Simulation

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA04-144
Budget: 04/19/06 - 04/19/08
PI: Dr. Eric Anderson

Hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) motion simulation is a valuable tool in testing and development of missile seekers and other sensor assemblies. It allows development to happen on the ground and lowers risks in flight testing. Increased bandwidth in the simulation is desired to enhance the fidelity of the testing. Existing systems that use servohy...

$100K

Dynamic Pressure Calibrator for Wind Tunnel Models

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF05-296
Budget: 06/08/05 - 03/08/06
PI: Mr. Paul Janzen

Current approaches to the calibration of dynamic pressure sensors used in wind tunnel testing either excite the sensor with a very low pressure level, or are not suitable for use once the sensor is installed on the test article. In this proposal, CSA describes the research and development of a portable dynamic pressure calibrator. The proposed...

$100K

High-Bandwidth Servovalve for Motion Simulation

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA04-144
Budget: 02/15/05 - 08/14/05
PI: Dr. Eric Anderson

Hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) motion simulation is a valuable tool in testing and development of missile seekers. Increased bandwidth in the simulation is desired to enhance the fidelity of the testing. Existing systems that use servohydraulic actuation are fundamentally constrained because of limits in servovalves and other components. Yet hyd...

$100K

Lightweight Kinematic Optical Mount for Vibration and Shock Environments

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA04-110
Budget: 02/14/05 - 11/14/05
PI: Mr. Joseph R. Maly

DoD optical systems often must provide precision static and dynamic alignment performance in the presence of harsh operating conditions that include mechanical shock and vibration as well extreme thermal environments. Optical elements such as mirrors or lenses are integrated into these systems with mechanical mounts. The objective of this effo...

$100K

Global Jitter Control Design for Integrated Opto-mechanical Systems

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA04-104
Budget: 02/14/05 - 11/15/05
PI: Ms. Leslie P. Fowler

On an airborne weapon system such as Airborne Laser (ABL), on-board vibrations distributed throughout the beamtrain result in line-of-sight jitter and significant degradation of weapon lethality. Conventional beam control implements several independent cascaded control loops, with local loops operating to reduce jitter in a particular portion of...

$70K

Cryogenic Vibration Damping Mechanisms for Space Telescopes and Interferometers

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 05-1
Budget: 01/01/05 - 12/31/05
PI: Kirsten Bender

In its mission to understand how galaxies, stars, and planetary systems form, NASA's Origins Technology Program calls for advances in "enabling component and subsystem technology" for large space telescopes and other optical instruments that operate at cryogenic temperatures. In particular, the precision alignment of optical components that is ...

$737K

Advanced Manufacturing of Optical Bench Isolation Systems for Airborne Laser

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA03-054
Budget: 08/23/04 - 11/27/06
PI: Dr. David A. Kienholz

Vibration control is critical for directed energy weapons such as Airborne Laser. Vibration aboard the weapon platform is a limiting factor both for generating the energy beam (dynamic alignment control of the laser resonator optics) and for beam-directing accuracy. A unique active-passive system has been developed for resonator alignment cont...

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