Advanced LADAR Imagery Augmentation Systems (ALIAS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0047
Agency Tracking Number: N082-147-1002
Amount: $739,705.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-147
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
6767 Old Madison Pike, Suite 410, Huntsville, AL, 35806
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Centamore
 Senior Optical Engineer
 (256) 971-0036
Business Contact
 Keith Farr
Title: Principal Scientist/PI
Phone: (256) 971-0036
Research Institution
Visually degraded environment (VDE) conditions pose a threat to Navy and Marine Corps helicopter operations during landings and troop insertions/extractions. Blinding dust clouds caused by rotor down-wash during low level flight can cause pilots to suddenly lose all visual cues. This loss of situational awareness (SA) creates significant risks from other aircraft and ground obstacles. According to the US Army Safety Center, spatial disorientation accidents result in the loss of an average of 40 lives per year. To date, LADAR sensors cannot sufficiently see through brownout and other VDEs and have both a low spatial resolution and a limited field of view. In Phase I, we proved the feasibility of the Advanced LADAR Imagery Augmentation System (ALIAS) which improves pilot SA by increasing the resolution of an existing LADAR system and adding obscurant penetrating capabilities. The improved sensor will minimize size, weight, and power (SWaP) and have a clear path to platform insertion. ALIAS will improve SA with: • Real-time visibility through brownout – No see-and-remember. • Higher spatial resolution than is available natively from LADAR • Minimized SWaP for easier integration on rotorcraft.

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