Warm Shield Sensor Design

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,443.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-05-C-7199
Agency Tracking Number:
044-0758
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA04-112
Solicitation Number:
2004.4
Small Business Information
BREAULT RESEARCH ORGANIZATION
6400 E. Grant Road, Suite 350, Tucson, AZ, 85715
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
099378374
Principal Investigator:
Robert Pagano
Managing Technical Director
(520) 721-0500
bpagano@breault.com
Business Contact:
Mark Fink
Director Engineering Services
(520) 721-0500
mfink@breault.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Many Ballistic Missile Defense sensors use infrared wavelengths to detect the heat generated by target missiles. These sensors must capture infrared emission from a missile, image that missile onto a detector with the requisite resolution, and control the amount of unwanted light or stray light striking the detector. Limiting stray light from internal and external sources is often as important as providing a high quality image of the target. Prior work has demonstrated that warm shields can effectively reduce thermal background noise and lead to more compact, easier to build, infrared sensors. In this SBIR response, we propose to substantially shorten the optical design cycle while characterizing the benefits and limitations of a specific warm shield design.

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