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Miniature Laser Designator for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
CA Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1674
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Miniature Laser Designator for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68936-11-C-0045
Award Amount: $749,995.00


Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC) has developed 3D Flash LIDAR range finding cameras based on its patented 3D focal plane array (FPA) technology and is producing high powered compact diode pumped lasers. Flash LIDAR Cameras (FLC) are 3D vision systems that return range and intensity information for each pixel in the FPA simultaneously in real time. The 3D FPA will allow the laser designator to track the laser spot location and provide feedback to the tracking algorithm. In the Phase I effort ASC demonstrated a 40mJ pulsed lasers with a 10ns pulse and developed a system concept that uses the compact laser and a 3D FPA in a compact gimbal to track and designate targets from a UAV. In the Phase II effort ASC will design, fabricate and test a 30mJ 1.064 laser designator and tracking sensor that will fit into a light weight gimbal. The miniature laser and 3D sensor will be scalable so that it will meet size, weight and power (SWAP) goals for a phase III implementation into a UAV such as the Scan Eagle.

Principal Investigator:

Bradley Short
Project Manager
(805) 966-3331

Business Contact:

Roger Stettner
(805) 966-3331
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
135 E. Ortega Street Santa Barbara, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 770149982
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No