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Stellar Imaging in Infrared for Azimuth

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Stellar Imaging in Infrared for Azimuth
Agency: DOD
Contract: M67854-12-C-6502
Award Amount: $149,983.00


To address the Navy"s need for a celestial azimuth sensor, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new system for Stellar Imaging in the infra-Red for AZimuth (SIRAZ). This proposed system is based on a new design that utilizes mature components developed in-house and COTS components. The innovation in novel integration of high-sensitivity photodiodes with MEMS scanning mirrors, coupled with space heritage attitude estimation methodologies, will enable the system to accurately estimate the true north referenced azimuth in diverse weather conditions at any time of the day. As a result, this system offers 870 microrad azimuth accuracy at an update rate of 1 Hz while being compact and weighing

Principal Investigator:

Anup Katake
Research Scientist
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Photonic Systems Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100 Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No