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Electro-optical Seeker Based on HgCdTe Photodetection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: HQ003419P0042
Agency Tracking Number: O181-002-0023
Amount: $149,987.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD181-002
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-01-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-07-20
Small Business Information
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Bolingbrook, IL 60440
United States
DUNS: 968903422
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Brendan Benapfl
 (630) 226-0080
Business Contact
 Cynthia Deters
Phone: (630) 226-0080
Research Institution

The capability to reliably and remotely detect and track tactical surface targets in a high-velocity projectile after launch is a critical need. The discrimination of man-made objects can be assisted by the detector technology, with options including two-color detectors and polarimetric filtering in the thermal infrared bands. The level of complexity in the focal plane array affects its survivability under high accelerations. Episensors is uniquely positioned to develop an integrated Dewar-cooler assembly (IDCA) for a seeker capable of providing the image quality necessary to detect and distinguish man-made objects, and is also ideal for reliably surviving launch and capturing images at high frame rates in high-velocity operation. The main focus of Phase I will be to evaluate detector-cooler combinations and determine the configuration that can give the optimal performance and launch survivability. In-depth studies of cooler survivability, detector performance and survivability, and IDCA performance will be conducted. Digital processing algorithmic approaches, such as advanced noise suppression and machine vision, will be evaluated to enhance detection capabilities. This will lead to full prototype demonstration in Phase II.

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