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Path Optimizing Air Current LADAR (POACL)

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Department of Defense
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2012 / SBIR
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Systems & Processes Engineering Corporat
6800 Burleson Road Building 320 Austin, TX -
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Path Optimizing Air Current LADAR (POACL)
Agency: DOD
Contract: W911QX-12-C-0114
Award Amount: $99,984.00


Systems & Processes Engineering Corporation (SPEC) and Texas A & M University (TAMU) propose a Path Optimized Air Current LADAR whose sensor is composed of SPEC Gen IV LADAR seeker modified for coherent Doppler operation allowing air current Doppler detection beyond 3km in 3D pixels (voxels) in a 90 degree cone. This feeds an algorithm package which determines the optimal flight path to avoid bad conditions and takes advantage of lift and wind direction to minimize fuel consumption. A critical element of the proposed atmospheric energy extraction system is a flight control algorithm that can successfully maneuver the aircraft to exploit energy sources. The energy sources are vertical uplifts, wind direction, wind gradients and transient gusts. The Gen IV LADAR features 2 inch aperture, deep waveform capture capability and pipeline processing for real time image output. Fully miniaturized the Doppler LADAR will be 3.5 inches diameter by 9.5 inches long. The LADAR includes MEMS IMU, image comparison and GPS inputs to obtain global stabilized 3D image, allowing coherent update of voxels over a second, necessary for detection low speed air currents and determining the vector direction of the air current using changing view angle during flight.

Principal Investigator:

Brad Sallee
Principal Investigator
(512) 479-7732

Business Contact:

Adrian Stechnij
Director of Contracts
(512) 479-7732
Small Business Information at Submission:

Systems & Processes Engineering Corporation (SPEC)
6800 Burleson Road Building 320 Au, TX -

EIN/Tax ID: 742426518
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No