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This notice is issued by the Naval
Post Graduate School, Office of Contracts and Logistics.

Federal Acquisition Regulation
(FAR) Part 10 requires the Government to conduct market research before developing new requirements
document
ation

for an acquisition. Results of market research are used to determine whether qualified sources exist and
wheth
er commercial items are available to meet the
stated
requirement
s.


One of the ways the Government conducts market research is to issue a Request for Information (RFI).


A
n

RFI provides a broad statement of need, briefly describes the Government
’s i
ntenti
on
s

regarding
its
program/acquisition approach, and identifies key events in the acquisition program schedule.


Description:


This is a Request for Information (RFI) for planning purposes, as part of a market survey on

behalf of
the

Naval
Postgraduate Sch
ool (NPS)
. NPS

is developing a High Energy Laser (HEL) Beam Control Testbed (HBCT) for research and
demonstration of advanced HEL beam control technologies. The scope of this RFI is to conduct market research to
determine the availability and technical ca
pabilities of all prospective businesses for designing and integrating the HBCT
with requirements discussed in this RFI. This market research may assist with the further development and/or
refinement of requirements and statement of work. Information will
be reviewed and considered for the development
of future Requests for Proposals for integration of the testbed identified in this RFI.

The following
information about HBCT and its high
-
level requirements

are

provided for clarity
. This
request

also provides

the list of the Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) that
will be made available
. Additionally,

speci
fications

are
provided

to aid in
defining
the

project
s scope and formulating

technical assessments.

2. Background

The HBCT is a hardware/software platfo
rm for testing and evaluating beam control technologies as it applies to HEL
weapon systems operating in near horizontal environments. NPS envisions
that
the testbed will incorporate advanced
beam control technologies for research and development in the la
boratory as well as in the fiel
d. This research testbed
will

also

be used to educate
military

and DoD civilian students at NPS in directed energy systems. Current research focus
is to determine the limitation of adaptive optics compensation of deep turbule
nce and provide improvements in the
adaptive optics for this application.

The HBCT concept design is depicted in Figure 1.

HBCT design is compatible with a 10 kW fiber laser using a 30cm
aperture on
-
axis HEL beam director. The testbed will be mounted on t
he Angular Disturbance Simulator (ADS) for ship
and aircraft motion simulation. The concept design utilizes dual EL drives for HEL telescope, acquisition cameras, and a
target illuminator. The testbed employs an optical Inertial Reference Unit (IRU), at le
ast one deformable mirror, fast
steering mirrors, and imaging sensors to provide end
-
to
-
end directed energy beam control demonstrations.




Figure 1: Depiction of the HBCT preliminary design. The pictures are for illustration purpose only and do not represent
the design requirements.

N
PS has been procuring components for the HBCT, which will be available as Government Furnished Equipment (GFE
).
The requested engineering work is to develop a final system design and layout of the HBCT and integrate the HBCT using
the existing GFE and newly identified hardware and software components.

NPS expects to award a contract for a
completely integrated H
BCT with all the functionality demonstrated with a surrogate low power laser in the laboratory.
NPS does not have the 10 kW laser
,

so the validation of the system performance will be performed at low power. The
testbed development will be performed in two

phases with specifics to be identified in the RFP.

At present, it is
envisioned that Phase I will be a development of system design and layout and to integrate the angular disturbance
simulator, beam director, and tracker systems.

Phase II can be focuse
d on improvements in the capabilities, including
optical jitter control and adaptive optics.

3.
Draft
Statement of Work

Only the top
-
level statement of work is presented in this document.

A more descriptive
SOW will be developed and
provided

if and whe
n it is determined that an

RFP

will be issued
.

3.1 Development Phases

Phase I: System Design, Basic Beam Control Integration, and Test



Integrated system design including basic and advanced beam control configurations

A flexible system design that can cha
nge the functionality and embodiment of the HBCT to satisfy multiple system
performance requir
ements will be highly desirable. T
he HBCT testbed is a research testbed that will serve as a platform
to demonstrate and evaluate new beam control hardware/softw
are and advanced beam control system configurations
for atmospheric turbulence compensation. The system should also include capabilities to test FSM and AO functions in a
laboratory simulation.

Since many critical components of the testbed are available as

Government Furnished Equipment (GFE), final design
specifications of the HBCT will be somewhat constrained by the specifications of the existing GFE components.

During


the design phase, it is anticipated that system performance limitations will be identi
fied and upgrades to the hardware
will be suggested.

Please refer to Section 4 for the list of GFE components and their specifications.


GFE items may be replaced with the vendor supplied components if significant improvements will be made in
performance.



Due to budget constraints, procurement and integration of the 10kW laser is not required;

however, the system design
needs to be fully capable of handling at least 10 kW laser power.



System integration of basic beam control systems

The integration
will include an Angular Disturbance Simulator, an HEL telescope, a Gimbal Positioner Assembly with
controllers, acquisition camera, trackers, target illuminator, beam focusing system, low power laser, and optical beam
train. Under this phase, basic control

and tracker algorithms will be acceptable.


It is highly desirable to develop a
software platform that is accessible for improvements and upgrades by students and researchers.

It is also highly
desirable to utilize a high
-
level programing platform, such
as Matlab/Simulink with auto
-
code generation capabilities.

All software under this program needs to provide a source code for flexibility.



Performance validation

Performance will be demonstrated at the contractor’s facility using low power lasers and the
Angular Disturbance
Simulator.

Functionality of all subsystems needs to be verified.

It is desirable to demonstrate the system functionality
of tracking a stationary or slow moving target out to a 5km range.


Phase II: Advanced Beam Control Using Fast
Steering Mirrors and Adaptive Optics



Integration of advanced beam control systems

Integration of the advanced beam control systems shall include: Inertial Reference Unit, Fast Steering Mirrors, wavefront
sensors, deformable mirror systems, and an appropri
ate beacon laser.


All associated electronics and control software
for the aforementioned components shall be integrated.

The software needs to include system diagnostic capabilities.



Performance validation

Performance will be demonstrated at the contrac
tor’s facility using low power lasers.

Functionality of all subsystems
needs to be verified.

It is desirable to demonstrate slow moving surface or airborne drone target out to a 10 km range.

3.2 Minimum Functional Requirements

At a minimum, the integr
ated testbed needs to include the following components when both Phase I and Phase II are
completed.

a. Laser Device



Surrogate HEL laser with proper wavelength for functional demonstrations



Active illumination for target tracking



Active illumination for
adaptive optics beacon generation



b. Beam Control



Ship and aircraft motion simulation



Acquisition, tracking, and pointing



Line
-
of
-
sight stabilization



Adaptive optics with a beacon laser



Other optical and high power handling components to perform beam co
ntrol tasks

c. Environmental Considerations



Testbed enclosed for environment protection and field tests

d. Engagement Scenario



Simulated target for laboratory setup and testing (range in a box)

e. Hardware Abort System



Shut down of laser in the event
that a hardware error is detected

f. Upgrade Capabilities



Ready for 10kW HEL integration



Ready for laboratory and field demonstrations using a surrogate low power laser


4. Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) List and Specifications

The GFE list is sho
wn in Table 1. Components not listed on Table 1 need to be provided by the vendor. The detailed
specification of each GFE component is included after Table 1.

Since some components are currently undergoing design
and manufacturing, the specifications giv
en may not represent actual specifications of the final product.

NPS may
provide additional GFE other than the equipment listed in Table 1 if available in the future.


Table 1: Government Furnished Equipment List


Components Purchased

Vendo
r

Status

1

30 cm clear aperture, on
-
axis, reflective
telescope with integrated IRU, 10kW

Nu
-
Tek Precision Optical

IRU developed by ATA

On order


2

Elevation and Azimuth axis gimbal
rotational stages

Aerotech Inc.

Received



3

3” Fast Steering Mirrors (2)

Optics in Motion (carriers)

Received

4

MWIR Acquisition Camera
-

FLIR
SC4000

FLIR System Inc.

Received

5

Gimbal Rate gyros


KVH DSP3400 (3)

KVH Industries

Received

6

SWIR NFOV Tracking Camera


SU640

Sensors Unlimited

Received

7

MWIR Zoom Lens

Janos Technology Inc.

Received

8

Angular Disturbance Simulator

Boeing
-
SVS

Received

9

Illuminator Laser

MANLIGHT ML20
-
ASE
-
R
-
OEM
-
1550 1550nm 20W

Received

10

Adaptive Optics System (DM and SH
sensor)

Active Optical Systems (MZA)

Received

11

Gimbal Positioner Assembly

Welch Mechanical Designs

On order


a.

Optical Telescope Assembly (OTA)

The OTA is still in design phase.

The telescope will employ an optical inertial reference unit where the reference beam is
injected into a corner cube mounted on the side of the telescope.

Specifications for
the optical telescope is

presented
below in Table 2. Specifications of the IRU
will be available upon request.



Figure 2: HEL telescope with an optical IRU (not a final design)

Table 2


HEL Telescope Specification

Description

Specs

Units

Comments/Rationale

General Description

On
-
Axis, All
-
Reflective
Telescope, Powered
Primary and Secondary,
N/A

Mechanical packaging for
gimbaled operation



with Plano Tertiary Fold,
Active Focus Control

Clear Aperture

30

cm

Primary substrate may be
slightly larger w/ edge roll
-
off

F
-
number
for Primary (M1)



f/1.50

dimensionless

ratio of primary focal length
to clear aperture diameter

Primary Obscuration (ID)

Minimized to meet the
6X magnification,
optical fabrication, and
field of view
requirements, and no
vignetting of the light
paths be
tween M1 and
M2 occurs

N/A

Includes Secondary Mirror
and Spider Assemblies

Substrate Material

M1: Zerodur

M2 and M3: Single


Crystal Silicon


N/A

HEL Application

Laser Power (average)


< 10000


W

HEL Application, requires
stray light design,
management of back
-
reflections, etc.

Peak Irradiance


<5000


W/cm^2

“hot spots”

Duty Cycle

20


%

20 second lase durations,
separated by 80 second
recovery, ambient
environment

Laser
Device Wavelength

1.03


microns

coating designs

Structure Configuration

Vendor specified,
dimensions constrained
by ICD (Figure 3)


N/A

Dimensions constrained in
Figure 3, design shall meet
all other levied
requirements

Structure Material


Vendor specified


N/A

Vendors may propose
materials as desired to meet
weight, stiffness and
alignment requirements



Lowest Resonant Frequency

75

(TBR)


Hz

Structural
-
servo
interactions, does not
include masses of any
added acquisition
cameras
or instrumentation (gyros,
etc.)

Reflected Wavefront Error
(WFE)

(Surface figure must be twice
as good)



/20, rms (req)


/4, P
-
V (goal)

@

=632 nm


waves

-

Single
-
pass at all AZ and EL
telescope orientations,
tested in at least two
extreme EL positions (0 and
+ 90 degrees)

-

Measured on
-
axis

-

Does not include laser
heating

Field of View

±1.5

mrad

WFE requirement verified
on
-
axis only

Telescope Orientations:


EL (axis thru Mounting


flange, tertiary mirror)


AZ


-
20 to +90




180


deg


deg

Must meet WFE
specification over all EL
angles

Secondary Mirror Focus

Adjustment Resolution

< 4x10
-
6

m

Approximately ½ Rayleigh
depth of focus @ 2 km

Secondary Mirror Focus
Adjustment Range


>

.75

mm

Nominally
positioned for
focus at infinity, electro
-
mechanically actuated
under servo control

Signal Interface for M2
adjustment mechanism

Ethernet or RS
-
232

N/A

TBR


as negotiated

Surface Roughness

< 15

angstrom

Applies individually to
primary, secondary and
tertiary fold optics

Scratch/Dig:


Primary


Secondary


60/40

20/10

microns/

index

Over 99.9% of area




Tertiary Fold

20/10

Conic Constant (primary and
secondary)

cc =
-
1.0000

dimensionless

Mersenne Configuration

Magnification

M = 6
(nominal)

dimensionless


5 cm input space beam
size

Mechanical Alignment
Repeatability to Host Gimbal
Drives

Tilt: <150

Disp: <0.15


rad

mm

Defined wrt alignment pins
at bolt circle interfaces


Entrance Beam Angular
Alignment


<50



rad



as defined by
alignment
reticle

Entrance Beam Centration

<100


m

as defined by alignment
reticle

Optical Coating Reflectivity

(HEL wavelengths)

> .9995 (@

= 1.03

m)


N/A

High Energy Solid State
Laser Operating at 2 kW

Optical Coating Reflectivity

(VIS wavelengths)

>

.97 (0.620 <


< 0.640

m)

N/A

Visible Acquisition Cameras,
etc.

Operating Temperature
Range

0 to +70

deg C

Anticipated Operating
Environment

Survivable Temperature

Range

-
20 to +82

deg C

Storage, thermal control
system failure

Operating Vibration:


X, Y, Z Tilts


X, Y, Z Translations


100

50



rad, 1
-


mg, 1
-




Spectra integrated


between


0.1 to 300 Hz

Handling/Transportation
Shock Levels (all axes)


5, (9 msec half
-
sine)

g

As per MIL
-
STD
-
810E,

method 516
-
4, Section I
-
3

Humidity

95


%

-

Non
-
condensing




Telescope Weight


< 100/45.5


lbm/kg

Includes mounting flange
and any counterweights
required to balance
telescope about center of
rotation.

Does not include “sidecar”
sensors/mounts,
gyros/mounts or
cabling/harnesses

Telescope Moments of

Inertia: Ixx/Iyy/Izz


TBD


lbm
-
in
2

wrt CG (at
center of
rotation)

Axis definitions in Figure 3

Sidecar Sensor/Mount Mass


TBD


lb/kg

To be provided

Gyro/Mount

Mass


TBD


lb/kg

To be provided


b.

Gimbal Positioner Assembly (GPA)

The GPA provides two
-
axis, inertially
-
stabilized articulation of the OTA and the acquisition sensor package (ASP).
Because the OTA and ASP can be articulated independently in elevation, the GPA is a three
-
axis gimbal. Aerote
ch ALAR
stages will be provided. Mo
dels:

AZ axis:

One (1) Aerotech

ALAR
-
200
-
SP
-
CT
-
X50
-
UNLIMITED
-
ES1

EL axis:

Two (2) Aerotech ALAR
-
150
-
SP
-
CT
-
X50
-
UNLIMITED
-
ES1

Specification of the gimbal positioner can be found at Aerotech’s website
http://www.aerotech.co
m/products/stages/alar.html

Performance specification of the GPA is shown in Table 3. The GPA design is currently under development and the final
specifications subject to change.





Figure 3: Depiction of the Gimbal Positioner Assembly

Table 3: Performance Specifications of the Gimbal Positioner Assembly

Description

Specs

Units

Comments/Rationale

Configuration

AZ/EL/EL:
Outer/Inner/Inner

N/A

Single azimuth and double,
independent elevation drives

Internal Beam
Clearance

as per
dimension ‘I’
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-

5X desired open (rate) loop BW

-

GPA constrained at bench I/F

Coude’ Fold
Assembly
Mechanical I/F

Hole Pattern:

¼
-
20 UNC, .375
deep, on 1
-
inch
centers

in

-

hole pattern on underside
of PW lid

-

rectangular spacing, centered on AZ
axis, >.5 inch margin at PW I/F

PW Lid Thickness

>.50

in

¼
-
20 UNC inserts, stiffness of coude’
fold assembly mounting

Cable Routing

EL 2x: Service Loop

AZ: Rolling Wrap

N/A

See Section 2.0

Signal Lists

as per Section 6


N/A

Rolling wrap, cable service loops

Safety Provisions

Limit Switches and
Shock Absorbent
Hard Stops


N/A

Hardware Protection

Field of Regard

Limit stop assy
placement is TBD

deg from
clocking
reference

-

ALAR stages provide con
tinuous
rotation (do not include OEM limits)

-

flexibility of limit stop placements is
desirable, but not required

Acceleration
Loading

< 5

g, static

-

Transportation, handling

-

Pertains to contractor
-
provided
components only

Angular
Acceleration
Loading

< 1

rad/s
2

-

Angular Displacement Simulator
(ADS) Environment

-

Pertains to contractor
-
provided
components only

Vibration

< 5 TBD

g, rms

-

Over 1
-
500 Hz

-

Transportation, handling

-

Pertains to contractor
-
provided
components only

Shock

> 5

g, 12
msec
half
-
sine

-

Transportation, handling

-

Pertains to contractor
-
provided
components only



Operational
Temperature


-
30 to +50

deg C

-

Pertains to contractor
-
provided
components only

Survivable
Temperature Range

-
40 to +60

deg C

-

Pertains to contractor
-
provided
components only

Mass: Contractor
Provided
Components

< 87

lbm

-

Includes all contractor
-
provided
components

Positioner
Dimensions

TBD

in

Compatibility with ADS



c.

Angular Disturbance Simulator

(ADS)

The Angular Disturbance Simulator (ADS) is used to create two
-
axis, angular disturbances to a test article, attached to
the mounting surface (Figure 4).


Figure 4: Depiction of the Angular Disturbance Simulator


The disturbances imparted by the ADS are l
imited to large
-
angle, low
-
frequency motion. The ADS is to be used to
demonstrate the base motion rejection performance of a pointing system. Top
-
level system specification of the ADS is
shown in Table 4. The ADS is fully developed and currently available.





Table 4: Technical Specifications for the ADS

Specification

Name

Value

Units

Comments

Angular Range

> +/
-
20

deg

Large angle positioning

Outer Axis Frequency
Response

0
-

1

Hz

-
3 dB point, limited by the ability of the outer DC
motor to articulate the
inertia

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Response

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d.

Specification of other components

Specification of other GFE items that are not listed in this RFI will be provided to the potential vendor if requested.

5. Information Requested

In order to assess capabilities,
we are requesting the submission of a white paper including the following information
from any firms believing they can provide the required engineering solution:

1)

Company Name and address; Point of Contact name, phone number, fax number and email address

2)

C
ompany profile

3)

Prior/current corporate experience performing efforts of similar size and/or scope

4)

Technical approach to the design and integration

5)

Suggested approach to reduce the cost and schedule and mitigate the risk in meeting performance

6)

Suggested be
acon
laser

with amplifying comments to support the specific choice(s)
.

7)

References related to the engineering work described in the draft statement of work

8)

Estimated cost and schedule

9)

Resources available to perform work at contractor’s site.

You may also i
nclude attachments that consist of briefing slides or any supporting data for your white paper. Responses
must be received no later than 5:00 PM Pa
cific Standard Time, on April 18
,

2012. All material submitted in response to
this RFI must be unclassified a
nd properly marked

in accordance with FAR 2.101 and 3.104
.

Although information
sought shall be unclassified, future work on this project and submissions may be classified
. T
hose responding to this
request are hereby notified that contractor facilities a
nd
personnel may be required to possess specific security
clea
rances in order to engage in potential future

contracted work.

All capability statements, questions,
and/or
comments shall be sent via mail or email to the point of contact

provided below
.

Resp
onse Format:


In addition
,

it is requested that Interested parties provide, cage code, business size and unique qualifiers (e.g.

large,
foreign, small disadvantaged, veteran owned, woman owned, etc.)


Interested parties are requested to respond to this RFI

in Microsoft Word for Office 2007

compatible

format.


RFI
responses are limited to 30

pages, including cover and administrative pages. Response documents shall be written using
a 10 point font size or larger.


The Government acknowledges its obligations
under 18 U.S.C. 1905 to protect information qualifying as confidential
under this statute. Pursuant to this statute, the Government is willing to accept any proprietary (e.g., trade secret)
restrictions placed on qualifying data forwarded in response and t
o protect it from unauthorized disclosure subject to
the following:





1.Clearly and conspicuously mark qualifying data with the restrictive legend (all caps) proprietary with any explanatory
text, so that the Government is clearly notified of what data nee
ds to be appropriately protected.


2. In marking such data, please take care to mark only those portions of the data or materials that are truly proprietary
(over breadth in marking inappropriate data as proprietary may diminish or eliminate the usefulness

of your response
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see item 3 below).

Use circling, underscoring, highlighting or any other appropriate means to indicate those portions of
a single page which are to be protected.


3. The Government is not obligated to protect unmarked data.

Additional
ly, marked data that is already in the public
domain or in the possession of the Government or third parties, or is afterward placed into the public domain by the
owner or another party through no fault of the Government will not be protected once in the p
ublic domain.


Data already in the possession of the Government will be protected in accordance with the Governments rights in the
data.


4. Proprietary data transmitted electronically, whether by physical media or not, whether by the respondent or by the
government, shall contain the proprietary legend, with any explanatory text, on both the cover of the transmittal e
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mail
and at the beginning of the file itself.

Where appropriate for only portions of an electronic file, use the restrictive
legends propri
etary portion begins: and proprietary portion ends.


6. Point of Contact

Inquir
i
es or comments should be directed to the following POC:

Ms. Jennifer Lee
,

Purchasing Specialist

Naval Postgraduate School

1 University Drive, Rm. 139D

Monterey, CA 93943

jllee@nps.edu

(831) 656
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2034

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Request for Information or Solicitation for Planning Purposes (Oct 1997)

(a) The Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this solicitation or to otherwise pay

for the
information solicited except as an allowable cost under other contracts as provided in subsection 31.205
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18, Bid and
proposal costs, of the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

(b) Although “proposal” and “offeror” are used in this Request for Informat
ion, your response will be treated as
information only.


It shall not be used as a proposal.

(c) This solicitation is issued for the purpose of:


Acquisition Planning
.



NOTE: Submittals furnished will not be returned to the sender.