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Wide-Field-of-View Seeker Technology

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Cyan Systems
5385 Hollister Ave Santa Barbara, CA, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Wide-Field-of-View Seeker Technology
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8651-11-M-0076
Award Amount: $99,743.00


Cyan Systems has teamed with Centeye and Nova Sensors to develop a high performance Wide Field of View Seeker Technology (WFST). The WFST is the centerpiece for a potentially revolutionary technical breakthrough required in the successful development of gimbal-less obstacle avoidance sensors for compact munitions egomotion control, detecting /tracking objects, and seeker guidance. Our strategy is to address the limitations that exist in larger gimbaled systems, namely large mechanical optical gimbals requiring a larger airframe. Our concepts uses advanced sensor technology for improved situational awareness and airframe egomotion while reducing size, power, and weight (SWAP). Cyan has developed on FPA processing circuitry which has improved sensitivity and target pre-detection for improved situational awareness. BENEFIT: 1. Seeker that support high performance compact munitions due to the small pixel high resolution sensor front end. 2. Signal Pooling to allow high precision, low false alarms and the ability to track in very low SNR conditions. 3. Low CEP and obstacle avoidance due to small oversampled pixels and advanced pixel binning and acuity. 4. Subpixel FPA sensor that provide unpresidented persistent stare and the dim target discrimination of real targets from"clutter".

Principal Investigator:

John Caulfield
Chief Scientist
(805) 453-0582

Business Contact:

John Caulfield
Chief Scientist
(805) 453-0582
Small Business Information at Submission:

Cyan Systems
5385 Hollister Ave Santa Barbara, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 201476086
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No