Ultra-lightweight Infrared Camera

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0174
Agency Tracking Number: 07SB2-0053
Amount: $98,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: SB072-004
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
BLACK FOREST ENGINEERING, LLC
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
 Vivian Wallick
Title: Office Manager
Phone: (719) 593-9501
Email: vwallick@bfe.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Uncooled focal plane array (FPA) technology has evolved such that high performance is achieved in the long wavelength infrared (LWIR) band with small pixel pitch. Small pitch, = 17 um, allows reduction in optics size and weight. Innovative folded reflective optics allows further reduction in optics thickness and weight. On-FPA analog-to-digital conversion and custom digital electronics significantly reduces power dissipation. This innovative optics, small pixel high performance uncooled FPA sensor and custom digital electronics on flexible substrates allows development of ultra-lightweight and low power cameras for use on Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs). Component packaging of thin optics, thin FPA assembly and electronics on flexible substrates creates a thin camera structure. Black Forest Engineering, on Phase I, will conduct a preliminary optics design and feasibility study to package all camera components in size < 10 mm x 30 mm x 30 mm with weight < 10 grams and power < 1 watt. The Phase I research will allow development of a LWIR camera on Phase II and integrated with MAV structural elements.

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