Ultra-lightweight Infrared Camera

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$739,344.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0158
Agency Tracking Number:
07SB2-0053
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB072-004
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
Black Forest Engineering, LLC
12930 Morris Trail, Colorado Springs, CO, 80908
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
621633296
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Gaalema
President
(719) 593-9501
sgaalema@bfe.com
Business Contact:
Vivian McDonald
Office Manager
(719) 593-9501
vmcdonald@bfe.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Small UAVs have more than proven their value in the military world and will also be utilized for homeland applications such as border security, law enforcement and situational awareness. Future micro-UAVs (MUAVs) will offer greater utility and lower cost and at the same time require reduced size, weight and power infrared cameras. 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 and fast thermal time constant. FPA temperature stabilization/cooling is not required thus reducing power and weight. On-FPA analog-to-digital conversion and custom digital electronics significantly reduces power dissipation. This small IFOV with short focal length optics, on FPA dewar, small pitch FPA sensor and custom digital electronics technology allows development of ultra-lightweight and low power infrared cameras for use on micro-UAVs. Black Forest Engineering, on Phase II, will develop and demostrate a 640x480 pixel format LWIR camera on Phase II with weight < 10 grams and power < 1.5 watt camera integrated within MUAV structural elements.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government