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US Air Force to set up centre of excellence for RS

US: US Air Force researchers are planning to establish a Center of Excellence in Guided-Wave Infrared Sources to aid in developing laser-based remote sensing and laser communications for Air Force applications.

The Directed Energy Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, US, issued broad agency announcement (BAA-RQKSE-2013-02) seeking industry applicants to provide the Center of Excellence in Guided-Wave Infrared Sources.

The successful bidder will propose basic and applied-research jobs in remote sensing and free-space communications beyond the diffraction-limited range of a real optical aperture, said Air Force researchers.

Air Force officials are especially interested in laser wavelengths consistent with remote sensing and communications for Air Force applications.

The Air Force is looking for companies with significant experience in teaching students about technical areas in laser-based remote sensing and communications.

The successful bidder also will share results of research with the technical community with frequent workshops, publications, and presentations at conferences.

Source: Military Aerospace