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Adaptive Spectral Imager for the Next Generation EKV

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: FA8718-04-C-0058
Agency Tracking Number: B041-061-0070
Amount: $99,982.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-061
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-06-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-03-15
Small Business Information
4 Fourth Avenue
Burlington, MA 01803
United States
DUNS: 047627732
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Neil Goldstein
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 273-4770
 neil@spectral.com
Business Contact
 Fritz Bien
Title: President
Phone: (781) 273-4770
Email: fritz@spectral.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Multispectral (ten or more spectral bands) imagers are required to assist in the mid-course discrimination function of the Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) by providing infrared spectral signatures and temperature measurements of objects within the threat cloud. Spectral Sciences Incorporated (SSI) proposes to develop a novel adaptive spectral imager that delivers both high speed IR image data for tracking and detailed spectra for discriminating between targets and decoys. The spectral resolution could be adjusted during the course of a single mission to provide anything from panchromatic images (one band) to hyperspectral imagery with up to 100 bands. The sensor would provide full image data at rates limited only by the FPA readout. With future high-speed readouts, it would provide ten-twenty band multispectral images at data rates greater than 1 kHz. The novel spectral filtering concept provides a higher optical throughput than competing, Fabry-Perot and acousto-optic technology. It has no macro-scale moving parts and can be built in a robust, small, volume, and low-mass package. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility of the spectral filtering approach and develop a conceptual design for a Phase II prototype operating in the LWIR, MWIR, or VLWIR .

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