Optical Sensor for Proximity Fuzing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0192
Agency Tracking Number: A093-195-1290
Amount: $69,926.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-195
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Tanner Research, Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA, 91016
DUNS: 195754056
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Pat Shoemaker
 Senior Scientist
 (626) 471-9700
 pat.shoemaker@tanner.com
Business Contact
 Kevin Dinneine
Title: Director
Phone: (626) 471-9778
Email: dennis.wagner@welkinsciences.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Tanner Research proposes to implement a fast-response optical proximity fuze for use with active protection system (APS) counter-munitions (C-M). Use of fast back-end sensor processing inherent in optical systems that implement optical-flow and looming algorithms will be critical in achieving the warhead response times needed to defeat incoming 4000 fps threats: and, especially incoming threats passing off-center to the C-M axis. A single optical sensor can simultaneously detect the threat and determine into which specific radial zone the threat will pass the C-M warhead in a near-miss scenario. Knowing which 30º radial (i.e., 12 in 360º) will facilitate focusing about 90% of the warhead blast and fragmentation from a directional warhead into any 90º sector. Algorithms for fuze command formulation based on looming detection will be evaluated and refined. Finally, options for low-cost, monolithic, micro-size implementations will be considered to establish a roadmap for a prototype system in Phase II.

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