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Image Intensified Lightweight Lens Development

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Special Operations Command
Award ID:
72053
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
S043-009-0050
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BREAULT RESEARCH ORGANIZATION
6400 E. Grant Road Suite 350 Tucson, AZ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Image Intensified Lightweight Lens Development
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Contract: H92222-05-P-0004
Award Amount: $99,963.00
 

Abstract:

In recent engagements, the military has employed unconventional methods to gain a tactical advantage. One of these methods is increased night patrols and night combat operations using night vision goggles. Even though the capabilities of these devices have increased, they are still large and heavy, which reduces individual mobility and increases soldier fatigue. The classical approach at reducing system weight is to replace the glass lenses with plastic components. However, this has had limited success because of the large index difference between glass and plastic and the large focus shift with temperature from plastic components. We propose a new approach where the requirements for the application match the performance of the light-weight, all plastic lens, NVG system. We will survey and analyze existing NVG systems and select a system whose performance and layout allow the glass lenses to be replaced with plastic lenses. We will also investigate different mechanical housing configurations using dissimilar metals and composite materials to compensate the focus shift from changes in temperature. By this approach, we will develop new processes that will further develop the capabilities of light weight night vision optics.

Principal Investigator:

Mark Fink
Optical Engineer
5207210500
mfink@breault.com

Business Contact:

Mark Fink
Director Engineering Services
5207210500
mfink@breault.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BREAULT RESEARCH ORGANIZATION
6400 E. Grant Road, Suite 350 Tucson, AZ 85715

EIN/Tax ID: 860377447
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No