Microladar collision avoidance and target detection technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-10-M-0237
Agency Tracking Number: F093-102-2092
Amount: $99,834.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-102
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
135 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
DUNS: 362223463
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Barton Goldstein
 (805) 966-3331
Business Contact
 Roger Stettner
Title: President
Phone: (805) 966-3331
Email: rstettner@asc3d.com
Research Institution
The development of a very small LIDAR that takes a 3-dimensional image is proposed for small, unmanned airplanes. It will help remote pilots navigate in urban environments and be useful for target detection, terrain following, collision avoidance and landing assistance. The LIDAR will be less than 1/8 cubic foot in size, weigh about 2 pounds and acquire 20 images per second over a field of view encompassing almost the entire sky and ground. This LIDAR has a high probability of successful development since it is a straightforward modification of an existing Flash LIDAR. A path to a much smaller instrument with the same capabilities is discussed. BENEFIT: The development of the miniature, eyesafe, very efficient, high power laser in this effort will be useful to put 3D cameras aboard robots, seacraft and remotely and autonomously piloted vehicles. This technology would greatly enhance the air safety of military tactical reconnaissance. Many civilian (state-owned, such as police or forest service applications as well as private, such as electronic news gathering) applications will use this type of system.

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