Innovative Measurement Techniques for Space-Based Remote Sensing/Standoff Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F19628-03-C-0079
Agency Tracking Number: F031-2391
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
BODKIN DESIGN & ENGINEERING
P.O. Box 81176, Wellesley, MA, 02481
DUNS: 883404931
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Bodkin
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 235-6351
 wab@bodkindesign.com
Business Contact
 Andrew Bodkin
Title: Proprietor
Phone: (781) 235-6351
Email: wab@bodkindesign.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Hyperspectral imaging has been recognized as an important tool for remote reconnaissance. It can identify targets by their pixel spectral content in addition to their spatial characteristic. This is important when the targets are too small to bespatially resolved, or are partially obscured by vegetation, or the targets can only be identified by their spectral signature, such as poison gas clouds.We propose to build an innovative hyperspectral camera suitable for use in satellite born instrumentation. Unlike other approaches this device captures both the spectral information and the spatial information in one simultaneous frame. (In contrast, aspectrograph-based imager would capture the full spectrum of a single spatial line of data at a time and a Fabry-Perot based device would capture a 2D image in a single spectral band at a time). The resulting instrument will have no moving parts andprovide high resolution spectra in a compact, ruggedized, packaged. High resolution hyperspectral imagery is a key element in the developing fields of autonomous military target identification, countering camouflage concealment and deception, friend orfoe determination, chemical warfare defense and homeland security. Additionally, it finds application in geologic mapping, biological research, medical imaging, cancer scanning and in clinical instrumentation. Our highly sensitive approach, will makehyperspectral imaging available for all these application, in a simple, low-cost, robust package.

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