Binocular Multispectral Adaptive Imaging System (BMAIS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$1,489,810.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-10-C-6109
Agency Tracking Number:
F083-015-0741
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF083-015
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
Sage Technologies, Ltd.
One Ivybrook Boulevard, Suite 190, Warminster, PA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
186002226
Principal Investigator:
Wesley Sheridan
VP of Product Development
(215) 658-0500
sheridanw@gosage.com
Business Contact:
Julius Olita
President
(215) 658-0500
olitaj@gosage.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed BMAIS System is a binocular helmet mounted imaging system that features dual short wave infrared (SWIR) cameras, an embedded image processor and dual electronic displays to present the imagery to the pilot. The system is designed to be light weight and with a component distribution to minimize the moment arm on the helmet. The unit is intended to function as replacement for the night vision goggles (NVG), but with the added advantage of supporting sophisticated image processing with adaptive fusion, and the integration of external aircraft systems to include sensor imagery, embedded symbology and other aircraft/mission data. The system is fully digital allowing image enhancement algorithms and fusion of other sensor suites such as FLIR and other aircraft subsystems. The BMAIS is attached with a quick release bracket, and attached to the helmet via the standard banana clip on the HGU-55 helmet. BENEFIT: The BMAIS system is being developed as a replacement for night vision goggles that will also facilitate the integration of other sensors and systems that are part of the pilot’s cockpit and mission operational environment. In addition the development approach is structured to accommodate the technology advances of the sensors and displays in order to realize the performance enhancements afforded by the technology evolution in those respective areas. These advances will all serve to promote the improvement in situational awareness for pilots in their respective missions. Introduction of the concept to other services and mission profiles has been met with enthusiasm. The BMAIS will be applicable to virtually all military and government pilots engaged in night and low visibility pilotage. The current and near term high cost of the BMAIS components will likely limit its application to non-commercial clients in the foreseeable future.

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