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Company Information:

Name: Advanced Optical Systems, Inc
Address: 6767 Old Madison Pike
Suite 410
Huntsville, AL
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (256) 971-0036

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,966,348.00 27
SBIR Phase II $10,702,782.00 15
STTR Phase I $99,998.00 1

Award List:

ADVANCED OPTICAL SYSTEMS PROPOSES TO CONCEPTUALLY DESIGN, EXPERIMENTALLY VALIDATE AND DOCUMENT A MULTI-POINT FIBER-OPTIC NETWORK TO SUPPORT SIMULTANEOUS MULTIPLE RADAR SYSTEM INPUTS.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert e dragoo
Award Amount: $43,700.00
Abstract:
Advanced optical systems proposes to conceptually design, experimentally validate and document a multi-point fiber-optic network to support simultaneous multiple radar system inputs. the proposed network design will include the network topology, protocol structure, and critical item specifications… More

MINIATURIZED FIBER-OPTIC TELEPHONE SWITCH

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert e dragoo
Award Amount: $49,251.00
Abstract:
Advanced optical systems proposes to modify an existing fiber-optic network to provide a means of supporting a group of existing inventory telephone instruments with a man-portable switched voice telephone network. the system is oriented on providing a rapid deploymment capability to support highly… More

USAF APPLICATIONS OF TERMINAL HOMING BY OPTICAL RECOGNITION (THOR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr R L Hartman
Award Amount: $49,900.00
Abstract:
Image recognition by optical signal processing can be applied to air force weapons systems to create "brilliant munitions." the state of the art now allows real time detection, discrimination, and tracking of preprogrammed targets such as tanks, bridges, airfield features, or high value targets. the… More

AIRCRAFT LANDING OPTICAL RECOGNITION EXPERIEMENT (ALORE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard L Hartman
Award Amount: $50,280.00
Abstract:
The navy desires an optical correlator system to determine aircraft parameters during the terminal phase of landing on aircraft carriers. the founder of advanced optical systems, inc. (aos) conceived and developed a series of optical correlators for mise. terminal guidance and for smart bombs. we… More

Ultra Lethal Targeting by Optical Recognition ULTOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Hartman
Award Amount: $49,960.00

Ultra Lethal Targeting by Optical Recognition ULTOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Hartman
Award Amount: $498,624.00
Abstract:
1The Navy desires to demonstrate an optical processing system capable of target aim point selection in an infrared image, in real time. Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (AOS) has demonstrated with optical processing: aim point selection in visible imagery, in clutter; target recognition in infrared… More

Optical Disk Modulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Richard Hartman
Award Amount: $75,717.00

Measurement of Attitude by Power Spectra (MAPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Richard L. Hartman
Award Amount: $65,966.00

Optical Disk Modulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Richard Hartman
Award Amount: $371,333.00
Abstract:
Spatial light modulators are the limited component of optical signal processors. Electronic modulators, including liquid crystals and magento-optic modulators, are expensive, low resolution, and slow. The optical disk offers high resolution at moderate cost. The "pixel" size is on the order of one… More

Measurement of Attitude by Power Spectra (MAPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Richard L. Hartman
Award Amount: $598,513.00
Abstract:
We propose a system to determine object attitude from special video imagery taken from two locations, with an image analysis system based on the Fourier Transform, which provides the spatial power spectrum of the image. The Fourier transform of an image represents the information in terms of angles… More

Vanasil Ultra Light Composite Application to Mirrors (VULCAM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,961.00

Savart Processor Optical Tracker (SPOT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: RL Hartman PhD
Award Amount: $94,986.00

Lightweight Optics in Vanasil (LOV)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Oak Ridge National Labs
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,998.00
RI Contact: N/A

Automatic Target Recognition with Non-Isoplanatic Imaging Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Keith Farr, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $64,985.00
Abstract:
The military services are currently considering advanced imaging systems with extremely large fields of view (hemispherical or greater) for inclusion in next generation seekers for missile defense. By necessity, these panoramic imaging systems will havelarge distortions and the resolution will vary… More

Night Owl Universal Optics for Uncooled LWIR Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ken Merwin, Secretary-Treasurer
Award Amount: $119,814.00
Abstract:
Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (AOS) offers an innovative approach to the development of universal, inexpensive optics for uncooled IR applications with their Night Owl design. The requirements of small f-number optics and variable focal length to ensureuniform testing of various uncooled IR… More

Fabrication of Affordable Aspheric Mirrors by Electroforming (FAAME)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Merwin, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $64,131.00
Abstract:
Until recently, the cost of high performance electro-optical systems such as missile seekers have been dominated by the cost of the focal plane array. Recent developments are improving the affordability of arrays, with the result that the optical andopto-mechanical subsystems are emerging as the… More

Fabrication of Affordable Aspheric Mirrors by Electroforming (FAAME)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kenneth S. Merwin, Secretary-Treasurer
Award Amount: $593,085.00
Abstract:
"Until recently, the cost of high performance electro-optical systems such as missile seekers has been dominated by the cost of the focal plane array. Recent developments are improving the affordability of arrays, with the result that the optical andopto-mechanical subsystems emerging as the cost… More

Night Owl Universal Optics for Uncooled LWIR Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Merwin, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $695,559.00
Abstract:
"ADVANCED OPTICAL SYSTEMS, INC. (AOS) offers an innovative approach to the development of universal, inexpensive optics for uncooled IR applications with their Night Owl design. The requirements of small f-number optics and variable focal length to ensureuniform testing of various uncooled IR… More

Significant Optical Manufacturing Advancement (SOMA) Process Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kenneth S. Merwin, Secretary-Treasurer
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
"Advanced Optical Systems (AOS) offers the Significant Optical Manufacturing Advancement (SOMA) Process Development program. We recognize that new technologies require an appropriate manufacturing process and that affordability is a significant factor ofany military system. Prototype systems require… More

EXTREME COMPUTING WITH LIGHT, LOW POWER, AND SMALL EQUIPMENT (ECLIPSE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard L. Hartman, President
Award Amount: $69,980.00
Abstract:
"Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (AOS) has developed optical correlators with the world?s highest data throughput, lowest cost, lowest power consumption, and smallest volume. We are currently developing a line of optical processors called the AdvancedOptical Correlator (AOC), which are already on the… More

Rendezvous and Docking Sensor Suite

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Keith B. Farr, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,990.00
Abstract:
NASA wants to develop new relative navigation methods and sensors for autonomous rendezvous and docking, with a minimum relative navigation sensor suite addressing spacecraft-to-spacecraft ranges of 100 kilometers through docking, including relative attitude control during the final 100 meters of… More

Rendezvous and Docking Sensor Suite

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Stephen Granade, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,994.00
Abstract:
In recent decades, NASA?s interest in spacecraft rendezvous and proximity operations has grown. Additional instrumentation is needed to improve manned docking operations? safety, as well as to enable telerobotic operation of spacecraft or completely autonomous rendezvous and docking. To address this… More

Significant Optical Manufacturing Advancement (SOMA) Process

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joel D. Burcham, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $599,867.00
Abstract:
The Significant Optical Manufacturing Advancement (SOMA) program will capture the principles of Design for Assembly (DFA) and apply them to the fabrication of precision optical systems. This will provide the Navy with the ability to design optical systems that can be assembled efficiently for much… More

Extreme Computing with Light, Low Power, and Small Equipment (ECLIPSE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven W. Tate, Senior Electrical Enginee
Award Amount: $599,134.00
Abstract:
The military's recognition of the need to share battlefield intelligence between all branches of the armed services has led to the development of the Joint Fires Network (JFN). In JFN, intelligence data from the many sensors deployed must be assimilated for targeting information. Computers perform… More

Helicopter Remote Manipulation of External Slingloads (HERMES)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Stephen Granade, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,974.00
Abstract:
Helicopter operations in low visibility conditions and sling load operations continue to add risk to aviation operations. If slingloads could be picked up without use of a ground crew, lives could be saved. In addition, a sensor that could detect obstacles as well as the load would help in… More

Helicopter Remote Manipulation of External Slingloads (HERMES)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Stephen Granade, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $729,915.00
Abstract:
Helicopter operations in low visibility conditions and sling load operations continue to add risk to aviation operations. If slingloads could be picked up without the need for a ground crew, lives could be saved. In addition, a sensor that can detect the location of a load would help in low… More

Hybrid Guidance System for Relative Navigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Stephen Granade, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,990.00
Abstract:
Future NASA architectures and missions will involve many distributed platforms that must work together. This in turn requires guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) technology such as systems that determine spacecraft relative range and attitude. The proposed Hybrid Guidance System (HGS) will be… More

Hybrid Guidance System for Relative Navigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joel D. Burcham, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,912.00
Abstract:
Automated Rendezvous and Capture (AR&C) is a critical United States technology gap. AR&C is identified as a critical enabling technology for future NASA Exploration and DoD missions including NASA's CEV, operation and commercial cargo re-supply to ISS, lunar transfer vehicle assembly and MARS… More

Using a Bore Sight Camera as an AR&D Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Fred Roe, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,880.00
Abstract:
Orion requires a rendezvous and docking sensor to provide relative navigation information during proximity operations and docking. In order to dock, the sensor must provide full six degree of freedom (6 DOF) relative position and relative attitude information at a rate sufficient for the rendezvous… More

Improved LADAR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Stephen Granade, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $79,221.00
Abstract:
Visually degraded environment (VDE) conditions pose a threat to Navy and Marine Corps helicopter by dramatically decreasing pilots' situational awareness. Brownout and whiteout conditions are especially dangerous. Sensors such as laser radar (LADAR) imaging sensors can see through dust, snow and fog… More

Autonomous Persistent Surveillance and Targeting for the Asymmetric Air Threat (APSTAAT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Keith Farr, President
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
Maritime asymmetric air threat detection begins with an in depth comprehension of the tactical picture. Security lies in the ability to sense threats in all environments. Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (AOS) and Technology Systems, Inc. (TSI) have joined together to propose APSTAAT, a system for… More

Cyclops

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Richard Hartman, CEO
Award Amount: $69,855.00
Abstract:
The Army needs smaller and cheaper precision weapon systems. Semi-Active Laser guidance (SAL), invented in the 1960's at the Army Missile command, is a powerful approach to smart weapons. In the past, SAL seekers used quadrant detectors, narrow field-of-view optics, gimbals, and actuators. While… More

Using a Bore Sight Camera as an AR&D Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Fred D. Roe, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,934.00
Abstract:
This Phase II SBIR project will provide real time, relative six Degree of Freedom (6DoF) information to the crew of the ORION for docking. Our technical innovation performs optimized correlation (ULTORREG), using video from the centerline (boresight) camera, to accurately locate features of… More

Airworthy Cable Angle Measurement System For Slung Load Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Stephen Granade, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,959.00
Abstract:
One of the challenges of helicopter cargo missions is dealing with external slung loads. During flight, these loads often move in complex ways driven by forces generated by atmospheric effects and the helicopter's downwash. A low-cost, accurate and airworthy system for measuring the load's motion… More

Airworthy Cable Angle Measurement System For Slung Load Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Stephen Granade, Principal Investigator/Se – (256) 971-0036
Award Amount: $1,733,594.00
Abstract:
Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (AOS) has developed and demonstrated the Cable Angle Measurement System, a low-cost, accurate system for measuring a helicopter"s load position and motion at the end of an external sling. By using a camera, an LED target, and custom electronics, the AOS system… More

Autonomous Persistent Surveillance and Targeting for the Asymmetric Air Threat (APSTAAT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joel Burcham, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $743,816.00
Abstract:
Maritime asymmetric threat detection begins with an in depth comprehension of the tactical picture. Security lies in the ability to sense threats in all environments. Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (AOS), together with partners Technology Systems, Inc. (TSI) and Raytheon IDS, have joined together to… More

Advanced LADAR Imagery Augmentation Systems (ALIAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Christopher Centamore, Senior Optical Engineer
Award Amount: $739,705.00
Abstract:
Visually degraded environment (VDE) conditions pose a threat to Navy and Marine Corps helicopter operations during landings and troop insertions/extractions. Blinding dust clouds caused by rotor down-wash during low level flight can cause pilots to suddenly lose all visual cues. This loss of… More

Terminal Guidance for Autonomous Aerial Refueling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Keith Farr, Principal Scientist/PI
Award Amount: $69,833.00
Abstract:
Advanced Optical Systems Proximity Operations Measurements System (POMS) for terminal guidance during Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) provides relative position and attitude, all 6 Degrees of Freedom (DoF), in a manner similar to that sensed by a human pilot. POMS recognizes and locates features… More

MH-60S Vertical Replenishment Object Proximity Warning System ~ Safe Inter-ship Transfer Operations (SITO)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Stephen Fox, Senior Optical Engineer/P
Award Amount: $79,545.00
Abstract:
Our baseline concept is to precisely locate the aircraft relative to the ship, using a cooperative 6 Degree of Freedom (6-DoF) optical sensing system. The system also identifies the ship though time modulation on the sensing system. The 6-DoF information is combined with a database of the ship's… More

Innovative Sensor Packaging and Testing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Stephen Granade, Principal Investigator – (256) 971-0036
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Infrared optical systems are advancing rapidly. Infrared Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs) have grown from small single color scanning detectors to large two-color detector arrays. New materials and processes are improving IR system performance. But the transition from promising laboratory-based technology… More

Rapid Assembly and Alignment of Electro-Optical Sensor Payloads

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Stephen Granade, Principal Investigator – (256) 971-0036
Award Amount: $99,898.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Optical component fabrication for electro-optical sensor payloads has advanced in leaps and bounds; however, component assembly into a final system has not. Payload designers often must choose between fabricating optical components with extremely tight mechanical tolerances to support… More

Innovative Sensor Packaging and Testing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Stephen Fox, Project Manager – (256) 971-0036
Award Amount: $999,797.00
Abstract:
Advanced Optical Systems, Inc (AOS) is developing technology for significant optical manufacturing advancement (SOMA). As part of this overarching design concept, AOS will design and manufacture opto-mechanical equipment, electronic interfaces, and data collection and processing systems to complete… More

Semi-Autonomous, Reliable, Safe Recovery of the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV) in Various Sea States.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Ashe, Project Manager – (256) 971-0036
Award Amount: $79,582.00
Abstract:
To improve the at sea recovery of the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV), the Advanced Optical Systems (AOS) has teamed with Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) to deliver a solution employing passive optical sensors capable of detecting 6DoF position with accuracies surpassing the human… More