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Coded Pixel LADAR: A Novel Approach to Low SWaP, Non-Mechanical micro-LADAR

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09-102
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Small Business Information
Arete Associates
1550 Crystal Drive Suite 703 Arlington, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Coded Pixel LADAR: A Novel Approach to Low SWaP, Non-Mechanical micro-LADAR
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-10-M-0235
Award Amount: $99,988.00


Arete proposes to develop an innovative approach to micro-LADAR that requires low SWaP and is completely non-mechanical. Arete will use coded illumination in an entirely novel way to create a system that is suitable for both reconnaissance and sense-and-avoid on small UAVs. Arete will be bring its substantial experience with the proposed technologies to bear on this problem. Arete will develop a benchtop demonstrator in Phase I using capital equipment and produce a design for a scalable Phase II prototype. BENEFIT: The Arete approach is completely different from any approach currently being attempted in LADAR. This solution has the potential of revolutionizing LADAR for UAVs and interceptors. Arete also believes that the technology would serve well in commercial applications. An inexpensive instrument that can quickly generate 3D scene data at real-time frame rates would be a popular device in the entertainment industry to support 3D model generation. In addition, micro-LADAR could find a market in commercial surveying application (e.g., remotely identify topography for commercial engineering of land development).

Principal Investigator:

Joseph Triscari
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

David Kane
Executive Vice President
Small Business Information at Submission:

Arete Associates
P.O. Box 2607 Winnetka, CA 91396

EIN/Tax ID: 952954108
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No