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LIDAR Sensor for Underwater and Airborne Mine Detection

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
76953
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N062-130-0427
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SALVADOR IMAGING, INC.
4815 LIST DR., Suite 104 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80919
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: LIDAR Sensor for Underwater and Airborne Mine Detection
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N65538-07-M-0061
Award Amount: $69,788.00
 

Abstract:

The Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) is a helicopter-deployed LADAR system aimed at reducing damage to vessels from mines in shallow littoral waters. The ALMDS system has successfully been demonstrated using a Streak Tube Imaging LIDAR system, however, the time sequential nature of a streak tube system coupled with the dynamic nature of the ocean surface introduces artifact and signal processing complexity in mine detection operations. Moreover, one of the most significant long-term technical challenges identified in mine reconnaissance is submarine-launched, unmanned underwater vehicles "UUV's" designed to look for mines "covertly". Salvador Imaging proposes the development of a 2"x2"x4" flash LADAR system which provides precise snapshots of 3-D data at an update rate of up to 400 frames per second. Unlike current high-speed ROIC efforts, the proposed architecture has high fill factor for good optical sensitivity and can provide spatial resolution comparable to the current ALMDS imaging system. The system proposed makes use of a 532nm laser source, but could easily be extended to other visible or NIR bands as needed. Because the entire data set for each range image is captured simultaneously, artifact from target, platform, or sea-surface motion is eliminated.

Principal Investigator:

David W. Gardner
Principal Investigator
7195986006
dgardner@salvadorimaging.com

Business Contact:

David W. Gardner
President
7195986006
dgardner@salvadorimaging.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SALVADOR IMAGING, INC.
4815 LIST DR., Suite 104 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80919

EIN/Tax ID: 201616676
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No