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Electric and Magnetic Photonic Sensor System for Small UAVs

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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 -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Electric and Magnetic Photonic Sensor System for Small UAVs
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911QX-12-C-0022
Award Amount: $729,992.00


Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to advance the development in Phase II of the new Electric and Magnetic Photonic Sensor (EMPHOS) system technology. In Phase I POC has conclusively demonstrated the feasibility of EMPHOS for enabling autonomous UAV navigation in the presence of power lines. To validate the EMPHOS system design, POC built and tested a proof-of-concept prototype compatible with current Army fielded small electric-powered UAVs physical configurations and operational requirements. Measurements with the prototype showed that the photonic sensors provide the high-performance electric and magnetic sensing in a small (

Principal Investigator:

John Matthews
Team Leader
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

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

Physical Optics Corporation
Photonic Systems Division 1845 W. 205th Street Torrance, CA -

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