Non-Mechanical High Resolution LADAR Based Around A Frequency Swept Optical Source

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$149,975.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N68335-08-C-0445
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-138-1052
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-138
Small Business Information
BRIDGER PHOTONICS, INC.
112 East Lincoln, Bozeman, MT, 59715
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
788293244
Principal Investigator
 Randy Reibel
 Vice President and COO
 (406) 920-1339
 reibel@bridgerphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Peter Roos
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (406) 585-2774
Email: roos@bridgerphotonics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Bridger Photonics (BP) and collaborative partner Montana State University (MSU) propose to develop a completely novel, non-mechanical scanning mechanism that will enable a compact, high-resolution, imaging LADAR system for enhanced navigation aid during helicopter brownouts. Such systems are becoming prominent in today’s modernized military especially as the cost in lives and dollars has come to the Navy’s attention. LADAR imaging is needed for increased functionality including enhanced situational awareness, obstacle detection and avoidance during landing. Due to the demanding payload requirements, any enabling technology must be sufficiently rugged, compact and lightweight. BP’s proposed LADAR system will be capable of rapid volumetric scans with resolution up to 1 cm3 over a range of 30 m and a 30º x 60º field-of-view. The system will utilize an ultra-compact laser source, have no moving parts, and take advantage of a unique heterodyne detection technique to reduce receiver electronic bandwidths and processing requirements making the system robust, compact and affordable. The proposed system is based on BP’s recent innovations in controlling frequency-swept optical laser sources and utilizing these sources to provide a unique non-mechanically scanned, wavelength multiplexed imaging system.

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