Multiaperture Optical Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-06-C-0127
Agency Tracking Number: F051-147-1376
Amount: $1,244,930.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-147
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
6 Logan Circle NW, Suite 5, Washington, DC, 20005
DUNS: 111048521
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Geoffrey Barrows
 (202) 238-9545
Business Contact
 Geoffrey Barrows
Title: President
Phone: (202) 238-9545
Research Institution
We will develop an omni-directional imaging and machine vision system that samples the visual field using an “array of arrays” approach. Each individual optical aperture images a section of the visual field using an imager and an optics assembly. Each optical aperture has a dedicated microprocessor for driving the imager and performing front-end image processing algorithms such as optical flow computation and feature detection. A central “master processor unit” acquires the information from the individual apertures and stitches together a composite image. The system is designed to be thin and flexible so that it can wrap around and physically conform to the shape of an underlying base structure. This system will support target acquisition and visual navigation capabilities for guided munitions and small UAVs. The system and its components will be inexpensive to manufacture on a large scale.

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