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Threat Assessment Sensor Suite (TASS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-11-M-0091
Agency Tracking Number: F103-088-0479
Amount: $99,946.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-088
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-02-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
3001 Red Hill Avenue Building #4-108
Costa Mesa, CA -
United States
DUNS: 038058038
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 James Justice
 VP, Sensor Systems
 (714) 444-8826
Business Contact
 Daryl Smetana
Title: VP, Operations
Phone: (714) 444-8760
Research Institution

ABSTRACT: A sensor concept called Enhanced GEMINI is proposed which exploits a passive visible CMOS imaging array, a new concept in very high sensitivity 3D SWIR Lidar arrays coupled with high pulse rate SWIR fiber lasers, and an extension of state-of-the art in Lamellar Micro-Spectrometers. These sensing capabilities are used in a single compact, multimode sensor design which a) performs passive visible search out to 2,000 km and active 3D search out to 20 km while searching a full hemisphere every 4 seconds, b) high resolution 2D and 3D tracking and imaging of targets entering the proximity of the host vehicle, and c) the capability for analyzing the pulse wavelenths, pulse energies, and pulse rates while in either a search/track mode or a recognition/track mode. Two sensors can provide full spherical coverage around the host vehicle. Low SWaP enables deployment on a wide variety of hosts with minimized impact. BENEFIT: Two new fundamental technologies, the 3D very high sensitivity Lidar receiver and the extended spectral response Lamellar Micro-spectromenter are fundamental advances in the state-of-the-art which will have broad application. For the Enhanced GEMINI concept these technologies enable an entirely new capability in active 3D large volume search and a capability for detection and analysis of laser illumination of the host vehicle across a very broad spectral region which can be integrated with more tradition passive search/track/identification sensors. Accomplishing this in a low SWaP sensor installation with minimum inpact on the host vehicles will enable a practical, cost effective improvement in the survivability of critical US space assets. Further, the technologies to be developed during this project will create new opportunities for wide area security surveillance applications, for monitoring chemical contaminations, and for improved 3D Imaging.

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