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Synthetic/Sparse Aperture Imaging Techniques

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
79103
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-011-0498
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc.
200 Westside Square Suite 320 Huntsville, AL 35801-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Synthetic/Sparse Aperture Imaging Techniques
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9451-07-C-0034
Award Amount: $738,310.00
 

Abstract:

An ongoing need exists within the defense community to image resident space objects (RSO) in low earth orbit (LEO). Proposed herein is the Polarization based Imaging Correlography Sensor Array (PICS Array) for measurements of LEO objects. A laser source reflects off an RSO and the returning light is collected by an array of Stokes vector polarimeters. Through the use of an image correlography algorithm, a high fidelity image of the RSO can be reconstructed without atmospheric perturbation. The successful implementation of this sensor relies on a multi-disciplinary effort requiring expertise in optical engineering, electronics design, mechanical design and manufacturing processes. Radiometric calculations and electronics design performed on Phase I demonstrate the ability to construct a Stokes vector polarimeter with sufficient signal to noise ratio to resolve the energy returned. A novel division of amplitude polarimeter concept has been formulated that provides a simple, compact and efficient package to act as the unit cell sensor. Full scale array designs have been formulated that address cost effective, high volume production solutions to realize the programmatic goal at a reasonable cost.

Principal Investigator:

MIike Roche
PI
2565620087
mike@PolarisSensor.com

Business Contact:

David Chenault
President
2565620087
david@polarisSensor.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

POLARIS SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
200 Westside Square Suite 320 Huntsville, AL 35801

EIN/Tax ID: 431998920
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No