High Performance Assault Zone Marking System
Agency / Branch:
DOD / SOCOM
Special Operations Forces is looking for assault zone marking systems to facilitate instrument approaches of fixed and rotary wing aircraft under extremely low ceiling/visibility conditions (200' ceiling/0.5 mile visibility). After successfully finishingthe phase-I project, in this phase-II effort, we will concentrate on the whole assault zone marking/lighting system design, calculation/simulation, prototyping, measurement, lab/field test, modification, retest, and give a complete specification for futuremanufacturing and field deploying of the system. Following innovative research will be deeply addressed: 1. Two lighting systems-ground lighting system (GLS) and air lighting system (ALS) will be designed, manufactured and tested. The GLS will usevisible/invisible parabolic/high intensity LED or eye-safe LD with single or double-filament (VIS & INV) to make the active ground marks. The ALS will use above LED/LD to make a common-aperture, variable-focus projector equipped on the Aircraft toilluminate the passive ground marks having LIF, retroreflective paint, tape, or corner cube. Since this kind active/passive lighting/marking system has lightweight, long lifetime and low power consumption, one soldier can deploy and remove the whole systemin a short time. 2. Uncooled LLL CCD, NIR and LIR cameras, wireless communication systems, polarisation filters will be designed, manufactured and tested for the detection of above lighting/marking systems to accurately facilitate the instrument approachunder bad weather condition for safe landing. Benefits: The proposed lighting and detecting systems will be useful for lighting, security, IFF, advertisement, surveillance, law enforcement, and non-lethal illumination for crowd control. Boating,automotive, aircraft, and fire fighting industries would utilize high performance and high efficiency situational awareness systems for operating in poor visibility conditions.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Business Contact:James Atchison
3915 Germany Lane (OPTICAL ELECTRONICS) Beavercreek, OH 45431
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