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Adaptive Multiwaveform Laser Radar

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Arete Associates
1550 Crystal Drive Suite 703 Arlington, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Adaptive Multiwaveform Laser Radar
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8750-08-C-0254
Award Amount: $749,979.00


Rapid and reliable identification or discrimination of friendly and hostile targets at beyond visual ranges remains a major technical challenge that may be best served by advances in ladar technology. Next-generation intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) ladar systems will tackle the difficult problem of detecting, identifying and imaging targets at great range. Ladar based ISR systems may also serve a critical role in detecting underground facilities by sensing chemical and biological effluents or performing battle damage assessment by sensing changes in the target signature (before and after strike) or by measuring a target's vibration (i.e. engine on or off). Future missile defense systems, such as the Airborne Laser (ABL) or next-generation Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicles (EKV), will rely on very long range ladar sensors to detect and track targets and discriminate targets from decoys. All of these applications require advances in the ladar technology to improve performance, reliability, cost, size, weight and power. In this program, Arete Associates will develop an adaptive multi-waveform ladar approach based on our proprietary high time-bandwidth product unambiguous ladar waveforms. The effort will specifically focus on the refining the waveform to include an interrogation component and features that will allow adaptive waveform operation for closed-loop target detection augmentation.

Principal Investigator:

James Murray
Corporate Senior Scientis

Business Contact:

David Kane
Vice President
Small Business Information at Submission:

P.O. Box 2607 Winnetka, CA 91396

EIN/Tax ID: 952954108
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No