Interceptor Seekers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$999,997.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
HQ0006-10-C-7284
Award Id:
91492
Agency Tracking Number:
B083-002-0483
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA 08-002
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 230, Beaverton, OR, 97005
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
124348652
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Huntington
Senior Engineer
(971) 223-5646
andrewh@voxtel-inc.com
Business Contact:
George Williams
President
(971) 223-5646
georgew@voxtel-inc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A 128 x 128-format avalanche photodiode (APD) focal plane array (FPA), including a low-power dual-mode readout integrated circuit (ROIC) and low excess noise, high gain (M>1,200) will be developed for laser radar (LADAR) applications requiring reduced SWAP. The FPA gives LADAR seekers an advanced active tracking sensor capability, providing a sufficiently wide field of regard (FOR) to eliminate the need for gimbaled optics or mechanical image stabilization. Illuminator SWAP is reduced through sensitivity to single photons. The use of an APD detector array operating in linear mode will reduce pixel dead time considerably relative to Geiger APD arrays, greatly improving penetration of obscurants and enabling individual pixels to resolve objects closely spaced in range in a single frame. The capacity of linear-mode APDs to measure both time of arrival and signal amplitude will provide target information to support image processing and analysis not available using Geiger-mode FPAs. The ROIC to be developed for this program will manage power consumption, allowing switching between a full-frame search mode and a high-bandwidth tracking mode. By program end, an integrated FPA including the new ROIC and 128 x 128 linear-mode APD array will be demonstrated.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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