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Miniaturized Inflight-capable Laser Detection and Ranging (LADAR) System


TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Air Platform, Materials, Sensors, Electronics, Battlespace, Space Platforms, Weapons 

OBJECTIVE: Develop a LADAR capability to fit in a small, ruggedized footprint. 

DESCRIPTION: This topic seeks to develop or adapt LADAR capability to fit in a small, ruggedized footprint. Many commercially available LADAR systems can exceed 50 kg and require in excess of 500 watts of power. Conversely, smaller LADAR products with lower weight and power footprints can have challenges with data fidelity and survivability. The desired innovation is the marriage of relevant commercial systems with the ability to survive and perform in stressing environments. Ultimately, it is desirable to develop a capability based on a mature system that is both miniaturized and rugged. The underlying components should be sourced from US companies. The primary function of this LADAR capability will be precision range finding, with a target range should be between 100 and 200 km. The final product should be an adaptable architecture that can be used to enhance other sensor modes. The goal is a package that does not exceed a volume of 0.011 cubic meters and a weight of 5 kg. The main considerations of increased ruggedness should be enhanced survivability through elevated shock and vibration conditions. 

PHASE I: Conduct commercial and technical research and/or experimentation aimed towards reducing size, weight and power while maintaining survivability. The product of this research should be a serviceable plan of action to obtain commercial LADAR product/enabling technologies and arrange them in such a way as to meet mission requirements, resulting in a proof-of-concept design. 

PHASE II: Obtain needed components and fabricate/assemble prototype(s). Develop and implement a testing regimen to further refine the concept and provide evidence that the prototype(s) meet mission requirements. 

PHASE III: Conduct shock and vibration testing to demonstrate survivability. Develop and implement production of finalized/optimized design and place in full scale test. Transition product to government and commercial customers. 



2:  DeFlumere, Michael E., Fong, Michael W., Stewart, Hamilton M. "Dual Mode (MWIR and LADAR) Seeker for Missile Defense" BAE Systems, 29 July 2002



KEYWORDS: LADAR, LIDAR, Miniaturization, Range-finding, Laser, Sensor, Rugged, COTS 

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