Uncooled Midwave Focal Plane Array (FPA) and Camera for RPG Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-05-C-F002
Agency Tracking Number: A043-117-2525
Amount: $69,963.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-117
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
1879 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO, 80918
DUNS: 141416649
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Gaalema
 (719) 593-9501
Business Contact
 Tyler Erickson
Title: Design Engineer
Phone: (719) 593-9501
Email: terickson@bfe.com
Research Institution
Uncooled Focal Plane Array (UFPA) technology has evolved such that high performance can be achieved in both the medium wavelength infrared (MWIR 3-5 micron) and long wavelength infrared (LWIR 8-14 micron) bands. The main reason for this performance improvement has been increased thermal isolation of the bolometric sensing element. High performance can be achieved in both the MWIR and LWIR with a single detector, with a broadband response, and a switchable filter. Black Forest Engineering will investigate and design an uncooled camera employing microbolometers that meets the following specifications: NETD < 150mK referenced to f/1 optics with 90% transmission and radiation pass band of 3.0-micron to 5.0-micron observing an ideal black body at 300 K operating at 60 frames per second and has a switchable filter to allow for receiving 3 to 13 um radiation. The UFPA will have a resolution of 320x240 or more pixels with a pixel pitch less than 50.0 micron.

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