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High-Resolution Wide-Field Night Vision Goggle

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
SA Photonics
130A Knowles Dr. Los Gatos, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: High-Resolution Wide-Field Night Vision Goggle
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-08-M-6892
Award Amount: $99,953.00


Night vision has been a key enabling technology for the past 30 years that has allowed US pilots to "own the night". In many engagements, our dominance of the nighttime environment was the decisive factor in victory. One of the big disadvantages of night vision systems is that they have not provided pilots with good peripheral vision, since most have a total field of view (TFOV) of only 40 degrees. The PNVG addresses the need for wide field of view and has received very positive reviews from aviators. In the 15 years since the PNVG was designed, tremendous advances have been made both in the area of microdisplay technology and in the area of high-resolution digital night vision sensors. Our high resolution night vision system (HRNVS) will have improved resolution, 2) improved weight and center of gravity, 3) reduced peripheral obscurations compared to PNVG. Our decades of experience in designing head mounted displays convinced us that these three factors will make a compelling case for a new panoramic night vision goggle system. In addition, we have designed a novel helmet interface kit and mount which we believe will be lighter and easier to use than the current "banana clip" system.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Browne
VP of Product Development

Business Contact:

James Coward
Small Business Information at Submission:

650 5th Street Suite 505 San Francisco, CA 94107

EIN/Tax ID: 611427995
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No