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Wavefront Sensing for Tactical Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0303
Agency Tracking Number: N111-028-0530
Amount: $79,943.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N111-028
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-04-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
5180 Parkstone Drive Suite 260
Chantilly, VA -
United States
DUNS: 047939504
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 James Georges
 Senior Systems Engineer
 (734) 997-7436
 jgeorges@integrity-apps.com
Business Contact
 Mike Cave
Title: Contracts Specialist
Phone: (703) 674-3162
Email: mcave@integrity-apps.com
Research Institution
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Abstract

The Navy is responsible for providing maritime security from terrorist and rogue state actors. As technology progresses, these threats obtain increasingly powerful weapons that may be concealed in smaller packages. The Navy relies heavily on EOIR sensors mounted on airborne tactical platforms to detect, identify, and classify these threats. The challenging tactical environment faced by these sensors includes platform vibration and altitude and airflow-induced temperature gradients which produces large time-varying optical alignment errors. Furthermore, tactical system manufacturing is subject to high-tempo production schedules and cost constraints which do not allow the use of exotic materials or lengthy alignment procedures. For these reasons, current airborne tactical systems have significantly reduced information content. A cost effective solution is to monitor these wavefront errors for feedback and compensation in order to improve information content. This requires a large-amplitude extended-scene wavefront sensor (WFS) with no active beacon to maintain covert capability. Integrity Applications Incorporated proposes to investigate and demonstrate an extended-scene large amplitude, variable strength, EOIR WFS capable of tactical operation. This sensor will be a key component in the solution that restores the degraded resolution of EOIR tactical systems. This will enable identification, detection and classification of smaller objects from larger standoff distances.

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