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Non-Mechanical High Resolution LADAR Based Around A Frequency Swept Optical…

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Department of Defense
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2008 / SBIR
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Bridger Photonics, Inc
2310 University Way, Bldg 4-4 Bozeman, MT 59715-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Non-Mechanical High Resolution LADAR Based Around A Frequency Swept Optical Source
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-08-C-0445
Award Amount: $79,990.00


Bridger Photonics (BP) and collaborative partner Montana State University (MSU) propose to develop a completely novel, non-mechanical scanning mechanism that will enable a compact, high-resolution, imaging LADAR system for enhanced navigation aid during helicopter brownouts. Such systems are becoming prominent in today's modernized military especially as the cost in lives and dollars has come to the Navy's attention. LADAR imaging is needed for increased functionality including enhanced situational awareness, obstacle detection and avoidance during landing. Due to the demanding payload requirements, any enabling technology must be sufficiently rugged, compact and lightweight. BP's proposed LADAR system will be capable of rapid volumetric scans with resolution up to 1 cm3 over a range of 30 m and a 30degrees x 60degrees field-of-view. The system will utilize an ultra-compact laser source, have no moving parts, and take advantage of a unique heterodyne detection technique to reduce receiver electronic bandwidths and processing requirements making the system robust, compact and affordable. The proposed system is based on BP's recent innovations in controlling frequency-swept optical laser sources and utilizing these sources to provide a unique non-mechanically scanned, wavelength multiplexed imaging system.

Principal Investigator:

Randy Reibel
Vice President and COO

Business Contact:

Peter A. Roos
President and CEO
Small Business Information at Submission:

112 East Lincoln Bozeman, MT 59715

EIN/Tax ID: 205926537
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No