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Deployable At-Sea Mid-Wave Infrared Emitter

Description:

TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Electronics

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this topic is to develop a Deployable At-Sea Mid-Wave Infrared Emitter (DASMWIRE) unit that will allow combat swimmers/divers to provide visual position location via a strobe, primarily employed in a maritime environment (i.e., in the ocean) for the purpose of rendezvous / extraction. This strobe capability will be limited in the direction and range that it emits a signal, such as to not be detectable by enemy forces in the air.

DESCRIPTION:

The needed capability shall consist of the following characteristics:


  • Emits 360 degrees horizontally, in the Mid-Wave Infrared spectrum (3 - 5 µm), in order to be visible by the intended sensor/s at a minimum distance of 3 nautical miles.
  • Be Class 1 (Eye Safe).
  • Shall be a single, fully contained form factor, that weighs equal to or less than 1.5 pounds, including batteries and equal to or less than 10 inches in length and equal to or less than 2 inches in diameter.
  • Capable of being hand held and/or attached to an extension pole, while in the water.
  • Water proof to 200 feet depth.

PHASE I:

Conduct a feasibility study to assess what is in the art of the possible that satisfies the requirements specified in the above paragraph entitled "Description".


The objective of this SOCOM Phase I SBIR effort is to conduct and document the results of a thorough feasibility study ("Technology Readiness Level 3") to investigate what is in the art of the possible within the given trade space that will satisfy a needed technology. The feasibility study should investigate all options that meet or exceed the minimum performance parameters specified in this write up. It should also address the risks and potential payoffs of the innovative technology options that are investigated and recommend the option that best achieves the objective of this technology pursuit. The funds obligated on the resulting Phase I SBIR contracts are to be used for the sole purpose of conducting a thorough feasibility study using scientific experiments and laboratory studies as necessary. Operational prototypes will not be developed with SOCOM SBIR funds during Phase I feasibility studies. Operational prototypes developed with other than SBIR funds that are provided at the end of Phase I feasibility studies will not be considered in deciding what firm(s) will be selected for Phase II.


Conduct a feasibility study to assess what is in the art of the possible that satisfies the requirements specified in the above paragraph entitled "Description".


The objective of this SOCOM Phase I SBIR effort is to conduct and document the results of a thorough feasibility study ("Technology Readiness Level 3") to investigate what is in the art of the possible within the given trade space that will satisfy a needed technology. The feasibility study should investigate all options that meet or exceed the minimum performance parameters specified in this write up. It should also address the risks and potential payoffs of the innovative technology options that are investigated and recommend the option that best achieves the objective of this technology pursuit. The funds obligated on the resulting Phase I SBIR contracts are to be used for the sole purpose of conducting a thorough feasibility study using scientific experiments and laboratory studies as necessary. Operational prototypes will not be developed with SOCOM SBIR funds during Phase I feasibility studies. Operational prototypes developed with other than SBIR funds that are provided at the end of Phase I feasibility studies will not be considered in deciding what firm(s) will be selected for Phase II.

PHASE II:

Develop and demonstrate a prototype system determined to be the most feasible solution.

PHASE III:

Maritime applications in Department of Homeland Security; City, County, and State Law Enforcement

KEYWORDS: Emitter, Beacon, Strobe, Mid-Wave Infrared, MWIR

References:

[2] Patel, Chandra & Lyakh, Arkadiy & Maulini, Richard & Tsekoun, Alexei & Tadjikov, Boris. (2012). QCL as a game changer in MWIR and LWIR military and homeland security applications. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. 8373. 67-. 10.1117/12.920476. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258716122_QCL_as_a_game_changer_in_MWIR_and_LWIR_military_and_homeland_security_applications

[1] Koerperick, Edwin John. "High power mid-wave and long-wave infrared light emitting diodes: device growth and applications." PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, University of Iowa, 2009. https://doi.org/10.17077/etd.rq2pzdif

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