Boulder Nonlinear Systems Awarded Multiple Contracts

LAFAYETTE, Colorado | June 30, 2016

Boulder Nonlinear Systems (BNS) has been awarded three new development contracts aimed at supporting a wide range of needs within the aerospace community. The new projects include:

  • further development of liquid crystal polarization grating (LCPG) beam steering technology to support integration into Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) sensors,
  • the development of multi-wavelength mid-wave infrared (MWIR) LCPG-based beam control for steering of infrared countermeasures (IRCM), and
  • the development and test of a non-mechanical beam control steering for synthetic aperture lidar (SAL) platforms.

These new contracts are to pursue refinements of BNS’ LCPG-based beam steering technology, for which BNS was issued the patent in 2015 and awarded the Prism Award in 2016. This technology can be particularly beneficial to aerospace applications, where size, weight, and power (SWaP) concerns are paramount.

“We’re grateful for the strong support from the aerospace community. The breadth of these projects underscores the wide range of benefits that liquid crystal technologies can bring to the field,” notes Steve Serati, President of Boulder Nonlinear Systems. “In particular, non-mechanical beam steering has the potential to reduce SWaP by orders of magnitude in comparison to similar gimbal-based approaches. These new development projects will help us to mature this technology for future deployment in a variety of airborne sensor systems.”

About Boulder Nonlinear Systems

Boulder Nonlinear Systems (BNS) is a leader in the research and development of non-mechanical beam steering innovations for practical devices and systems used by government, research and commercial applications. Since 1988, BNS and its dedicated team of scientists and engineers have specialized in the control and manipulation of optical energy. For more information visit: