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Silicon-Based Visible/Near-Infrared Affordable Missile Warning

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2003 / STTR
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7 Deer Park Drive Suite C Monmouth Junction, NJ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Silicon-Based Visible/Near-Infrared Affordable Missile Warning
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-03-M-0308
Award Amount: $69,905.00


A large majority of aircraft shot down over the past three decades have been lost to infrared (IR)-guided anti-aircraft missiles. One of the major factors affecting final development and deployment of an IR CounterMeasure (IRCM) system on Naval aircraftis the high cost of the system. This proposal seeks to reduce the cost of the detector portion of the IRCM system. Silicon technology offers a promising approach to providing a low-cost missile warning sensor. Such a sensor will use visible and/ornear-IR wavelengths, and so will need to develop methods to mitigate false alarms due to the large number of natural and man-made sources of emissions in this wavelength band (sunlight, both direct and reflected, being a major background source). Theoverall objective is to develop a more affordable imaging missile warning sensor for aircraft self-protection that has adequate sensitivity and wide field-of-view, while removing cost and produceability issues associated with current missile warningtechnologies. The Phase I will consider technologies, capabilities, and design approaches that could be used in the fabrication of a missile warning sensor possessing the above described attributes. Phase I will also include the delivery of a technicalplan that outlines a specific design approach that will include: a development plan, the specification of manufacturing technologies to be used, and the specification of performance capabilities and trade-offs. One important commercial application of anaffordable missile warning sensor would be on commercial aircraft as a component of a countermeasure system to protect against terrorist missile threats. The low cost sensor developed under this task could allow greater protection of civilian aircraft.In addition, a less-expensive missile warning sensor would be applicable to missile warning for armored fighting vehicles, which desperately need such self-protection equipment.

Principal Investigator:

John L. Lowrance
Chief Scientist

Business Contact:

John L. Lowrance
Small Business Information at Submission:

Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc.
7 Deer Park Drive, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852

EIN/Tax ID: 222287510
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
D-414 Engineering Quadrangle, Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08544
Contact: Richard Miles
Contact Phone: (609) 258-5131
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university