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Development of a Two Color Polarimetric Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) Camera…

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Kord Technologies, Inc.
1101 McMurtrie Drive NW Building A Huntsville, AL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Development of a Two Color Polarimetric Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) Camera System
Agency: DOD
Contract: W911QX-11-C-0035
Award Amount: $69,884.00


The Army has identified the need to enhance existing reconnaissance and surveillance platforms by utilizing emerging sensor technologies to support both domestic and national security operations. Situational awareness imagery has become a vital tool for locating, identifying and helping to neutralize threats. However, recent US military experience in IRAQ as well as illegal entry into the US across national borders, vividly demonstrates the need for improvements in this type of imagery. Furthermore, the urgency of these threats demands quick, cost effective solutions that can be easily integrated into existing systems without loss of current functionality. One very promising enhancement is polarimetric imagery. Additional information, not available in visible and infrared imagery, is gained by producing a polarimetric image of a scene. An even greater potential exists when combining polarization imagery from two different wavebands. Kord Technologies and Digital Fusion plan to study the feasibility of developing a compact ruggedized two color polarimetric sensor. The proposed solution involves leveraging a dual band (MWIR/LWIR) infrared sensor developed and already fielded by a prime DoD contractor. The primary design effort will center on bonding (or fabricating) a micro-polarizer array (MPA) to the infrared focal plane array (FPA).

Principal Investigator:

Craig Farlow
Senior Scientist
(256) 617-0957

Business Contact:

Michael Saylor
Executive Manager
(256) 990-1641
Small Business Information at Submission:

Kord Technologies, Inc.
701 Pratt Avenue Huntsville, AL -

EIN/Tax ID: 204493267
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No