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Optical Sensor for Proximity Fuzing

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
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Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Army 09-195
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Small Business Information
Tanner Research Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016-3424
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Optical Sensor for Proximity Fuzing
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0192
Award Amount: $69,926.00


Tanner Research proposes to implement a fast-response optical proximity fuze for use with active protection system (APS) counter-munitions (C-M). Use of fast back-end sensor processing inherent in optical systems that implement optical-flow and looming algorithms will be critical in achieving the warhead response times needed to defeat incoming 4000 fps threats: and, especially incoming threats passing off-center to the C-M axis. A single optical sensor can simultaneously detect the threat and determine into which specific radial zone the threat will pass the C-M warhead in a near-miss scenario. Knowing which 30A radial (i.e., 12 in 360A ) will facilitate focusing about 90% of the warhead blast and fragmentation from a directional warhead into any 90A sector. Algorithms for fuze command formulation based on looming detection will be evaluated and refined. Finally, options for low-cost, monolithic, micro-size implementations will be considered to establish a roadmap for a prototype system in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Pat Shoemaker
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

Kevin Dinneine
Small Business Information at Submission:

Tanner Research, Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016

EIN/Tax ID: 954163780
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No