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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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2010 / SBIR
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Bridger Photonics, Inc
2310 University Way, Bldg 4-4 Bozeman, MT -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Non-Mechanical High Resolution LADAR Based Around A Frequency Swept Optical Source
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68335-10-C-0028
Award Amount: $749,999.00


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, extremely sensitive and affordable. Under this proposed effort, the team will build a brassboard, scalable prototype system for both ground and flight tests under harsh atmospheric conditions.

Principal Investigator:

Randy Reibel
Chief Operations Officer
(406) 585-2774

Business Contact:

Peter Roos
Chief Executive Officer
(406) 585-2774
Small Business Information at Submission:

Bridger Photonics, Inc
112 East Lincoln Bozeman, MT -

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