Miniaturized Infrared Imaging Camera for Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-C-1201
Agency Tracking Number: F061-221-2091
Amount: $747,202.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-221
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
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
 Vivian Wallick
Title: Office Manager
Phone: (719) 593-9501
Email: vwallick@bfe.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Uncooled focal plane array (FPA) technology, based on a-Si:H micro-bolometer thermal detectors, has evolved such that high performance can be achieved with small pixel pitch, large array format and fast thermal time constant. This improved FPA sensor technology allows development of miniaturized infrared video cameras with high sensitivity and spatial resolution to support a wide range of missions. Small pixel pitch allows instantaneous field of view less than 1.0 millirad with short focal lengths and commensurate reduction in the size and weight of the optics suitable for micro-uninhabited aerial vehicles. The predicted noise equivalent temperature difference with F/1.0 optics is less than 30 mK in the LWIR. Advanced CMOS processes for readout integrated circuitry (ROIC), on-ROIC analog-to-digital conversion (ADC) and ultra low power CMOS digital signal processing (DSP) and FPGAs allows reduction in camera power to less than 1.5 watts. FPGA conversion to application specific integrated circuitry (ASIC) provides further opportunity for power reduction. In Phase II, Black Forest Engineering will develop a prototype camera system and demonstrate performance from a small airborne platform.

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