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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-06-C-W208
Agency Tracking Number: A043-117-2525
Amount: $638,852.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-117
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
1879 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO, 80918
DUNS: 621633296
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Gaalema
 President
 (719) 593-9501
 sgaalema@bfe.com
Business Contact
 Scott MacIntosh
Title: Design Engineer
Phone: (719) 593-9501
Email: smacintosh@bfe.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Resistive bolometer capability has evolved such that low noise equivalent temperature difference (NETD) can be achieved on a single focal plane array in both the 3-5 µm (MWIR) and 8-13 µm (BBIR) wavelength bands. The objective of this Phase II development is to build a prototype infrared camera for use in Army applications such as rocket propelled grenade and sniper detection. The camera will have selectable wavelength band detection capability and provide resolution of 320 x 240 or more pixels with a pixel pitch size less than 50 µm providing 12.4 ° x 9.3 ° field of view. The camera NETD will be less than 150 mK in the 3-5 µm band using f/1 optics and 60 Hz camera frame rates. Multiple camera operating modes will provide pixel binning, electronic zoom, 30-120 Hz frame rates, and image windowing resulting in a high performance camera with excellent flexibility to support a wide range of applications. The camera will provide non-uniformity corrected and histogram compressed digital outputs.

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