Multispectral Imaging Laser Radar
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Not Available MSSI proposes the development of a micro-miniature, ultra low power, light weight, precision Ultra Wide Band (UWB) radar sensor for Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) collision avoidance. The proposed sensor is capable of sub-foot resolution making it viable for dual use as a high accuracy altimeter. The altimeter with increased power may also find use in buried mine detection. Under Phase I, MSSI will investigate collision avoidance sensor requirements, develop system specifications, identify promising micro-miniature approaches (e.g. MMIC, ASIC, and MCMs), conduct modeling and simulation of selected antenna configurations, construct a brass board radar sensor, and conduct system test and evaluations. Phase I hardware will prove the feasibility of the UWB radar for MAV collision avoidance. Under Phase II, the Phase I design will be refined to meet MAV size, weight, and power constraints. Several prototype UWB radar modules will be developed for flight testing onboard selected airborne platforms. Successful Phase II testing will lead to high volume Phase III collision avoidance developments for use by a wide variety of platforms and vehicles.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Duane Smith
COHERENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
655 Aspen Ridge Drive Lafayette, CO 80026
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