Through Drs. Sandra G. Biedron and Stephen Milton, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University has entered into a contract agreement with the Boeing Company to support the Office of Naval Research (ONR).
As part of the agreement, Biedron and Milton will work as sub-contractors to Boeing. The professors will leverage their technical experience in building large and complex beam facilities to assist the Office of Naval Research with its recently launched Innovative Naval Prototypes (INPs) program. INPs are devices that push the boundaries of our nation's technical talent to deliver transformational war fighting capabilities to the United States Navy and Marine Corps.
In collaboration with Boeing, Biedron and Milton will focus on the Free Electron Laser (FEL) INP that is exploring the development of a laser capable of operating in a maritime environment, consistent with the Navy's planned all-electric ship. The high average power infrared FEL provides intense beams of laser light that can be tuned to atmosphere-penetrating wavelengths.
As an executive branch agency within the Department of Defense, the ONR supports the United States President's budget and provides technical advice to the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy. Other ONR INPs include the Electromagnetic Rail Gun, Integrated Topside, Persistent Littoral Undersea Surveillance, Tactical Satellite, and Sea Base Enablers.