Sky Polarization-based Orientation Tracking for Live Training Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W900KK-16-C-0014
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5959
Amount: $1,049,963.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A14-070
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-02-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-02-17
Small Business Information
200 Westside Square, Suite 320, Huntsville, AL, 35801
DUNS: 129074840
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 TODD AYCOCK
 (256) 562-0087
 Todd.Aycock@PolarisSensor.com
Business Contact
 DAVID CHENAULT
Phone: (256) 562-0087
Email: David.Chenault@PolarisSensor.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Sky Polarization Azimuth Sensing System (SkyPASS) exploits naturally occurring sky polarization to measure absolute heading and offers significant performance enhancement over current azimuth sensing systems such as digital compasses or ring laser gyros. The SkyPASS system is a passive optical sensor that can operate at 10s of Hz, has no warm-up or calibration time, does not require leveling, and, based on the results of this Phase I, can be made into a very low size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) system. In the Phase I, we explored the operational bounds of sky polarization for a weapon orientation application, while also modifying a small, low-cost sensor design to be further refined and built in the Phase II. The objective of the Phase II is to demonstrate this capability by building 2 prototype systems that can be tested in a relevant environment onboard a relevant test platform.

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