Directed Energy

Centauri possesses a unique, industry-leading collection of Directed Energy subject matter experts with extensive backgrounds in directed energy, electro-optics, software engineering, artificial intelligence/machine learning, predictive avoidance, systems engineering and integration.

    Hostile events witnessed throughout the world display real-world threats around practically every corner. With the proliferation of low-cost-yet-capable small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) throughout the world, the U.S. Government and military needs a sophisticated means of identify, classify, and destroy any threat with hostile intent. Senior U.S. military leadership has expressed an urgent need to field a system to accurately counter these threats at a lower cost per shot to eliminate a documented deficiency that has resulted in casualties. Laser Weapon Systems can address these threats with graduated lethality, while dramatically reducing the cost exchange of defeating these threats relative to conventional kinetic weapons.
    Continued technological innovations in Directed Energy Systems (DES) are of increasing interest to the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and Department of Homeland Security. DES offer new and promising innovations that will keep the U.S. ahead of the power curve on the modern battlefield, whether against near-peer nations or in the fight against non-state actors. Direct Energy Systems provide the Warfighter with the ability to engage a target at the speed of light and produce scalable effects from temporary to permanent, thereby reducing the possibility of collateral damage. They also provide a relatively unlimited number of low-cost shots, constrained only by the fuel supply of the platform, which greatly reduce the logistics tail and associated cost.

     

    Our Approach

    Centauri possesses a unique, industry-leading collection of Directed Energy subject matter experts with extensive backgrounds in directed energy, electro-optics, software engineering, artificial intelligence/machine learning, predictive avoidance, systems engineering and integration. Centauri’s Directed Energy Team has been built and honed during the past five years as we have led the US Army’s effort to develop its first fieldable High Energy Laser (HEL) weapon system. The effort will ultimately result in the fielding of the Directed Energy-Maneuver Short Range Air Defense (DE-MSHORAD) system designed to defeat Unmanned Aerial Systems; Rocket, Artillery, and Mortars; and rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. In addition to the development and integration of Directed Energy Systems, Centauri has extensive training experience that is unparalleled in industry. This capability is highlighted by the fact that Centauri Directed Energy Systems own a long list of “firsts” as shown below.

    • 1st Army soldier-operated HEL to shoot down a drone flying above and below horizon.
    • 1st Army HEL system to demonstrate on-the-move drone engagements.
    • 1st Army soldier-operated HEL to participate in a joint warfighter assessment.
    • 1st HEL weapon to demonstrate dual operator, dual tracking fusion for integrated aim-point adjustment and target hand-off.


    Centauri also operates a Directed Energy Center of Excellence facility that provides enhanced Directed Energy System design, fabrication, assembly, and indoor test capabilities.  The facility includes a state-of-the-art 3,000 sq-ft Directed Energy Lab and cleanroom that supports a wide range of development and testing operations.  In addition to the lab, the facility provides 11,000 sq-ft of high bay space that includes a 10-ton double girder overhead crane capability.  The high bay is also equipped with advanced electrical support systems throughout, indoor High Energy Laser test and verification ranges, industrial exhaust removal system, and a full compliment of other assembly-support equipment.

    Related Capabilities

    Command and Control

    Centauri teams guide and oversee complex spacecraft Command & Control systems across a variety of sensor phenomenology

    Machine Learning and AI

    Centauri engineers work closely with their subject matter experts to design and train expert-informed algorithms.

    Missile Warning and Defense

    Centauri develops solutions to address the emerging threat of intercontinental hypersonic and ballistic missiles, including nuclear threats in contested environments.

    Precision Engagement

    A key component of our nation's security strategy is precision engagements against time-sensitive targets with precision-guided weapons.

    Unmanned Systems

    Centauri excels when we work with customers who have specific, unique, or rapidly changing requirements.

    Command and Control

    Working with our Government leads and industrial partners, Centauri teams define, allocate and trace requirements, guide mission architecture development, oversee the Integration, Verification, Validation and Testing (IVV&T) of complex spacecraft Command & Control systems across a variety of sensor phenomenology. Sub-disciplines include leadership of Integrated Product Teams (IPT) developing Tasking Management, Mission Planning & Scheduling, Command and Telemetry (C&T), Launch and Initialization (L&I) and Spacecraft Survivability & Protection. Centaurians coordinate integration and test activities across multi-discipline teams at the component, sub-System, system and enterprise levels. We are given great responsibility by the US Government customers in serving as designated government witnesses for requirements verification and sell-off and as part of the L&I Team during spacecraft launch, Initialization and anomaly operations.

    Machine Learning and AI

    Advances in computational hardware, algorithms, and an explosion of available training data have enabled machine learning algorithms to achieve human-level competency on a range of important tasks. Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) sensors are now providing more data than can be reasonably processed by trained analysts. Hence, it is critically important to leverage modern machine learning techniques to enable rapid, reliable processing of data so that the analyst can be maximally effective.

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    Missile Warning and Defense

    We support 24×7 capabilities and operations to sustain warfighter operations, minimizing disruption of ongoing development and activities to face rapidly advancing threats. We support total system performance for Research and Development Systems Engineering and Integration as a leading technology developer. As threats evolve, we are ready to deliver advanced missile defense solutions for you.

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    Precision Engagement

    Centauri is at the forefront of applying systems engineering and photogrammetric science to develop interoperable image and video standards and sensor models that support disciplined exploitation for deriving precision coordinates for GPS-guided weapons and improved image correlation and registration products.

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    Unmanned Systems

    Centauri has a wide spectrum of capabilities relevant to unmanned systems, including operations, design and development, training, requirements development, testing, sustainment, and policy development. We utilize these capabilities in support of Government customers as well as for our own independent research and development efforts. Our team includes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified UAS pilots, aerospace engineers, computational fluid dynamics scientists, UAS Instructors, operations Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and Senior System Engineers. Our expertise carries over to towed or tethered UAS as well. Although we have broad capabilities, our primary focus is on two areas, developing and operating UAS as targets to support military training and testing and providing high level analysis, guidance and recommendations for policy and procedures with respect to military UAS operations and training.

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