Variable-Resolution Compact 3D Range Imaging Ladar

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,974.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-06-C-0039
Award Id:
73668
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-159-2548
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
135 S. Taylor Avenue,, Louisville, CO, 80027
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
149375479
Principal Investigator:
Phil Gatt
Senior Research Scientist
(303) 604-2000
phil.gatt@ctilidar.com
Business Contact:
Tim Carrig
Director of Research & De
(303) 604-2000
tim.carrig@ctilidar.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
There is a need for an Obstacle Avoidance System (OAS) for small unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to detect fixed obstacles (e.g., trees, buildings, and wires) and proximity to manned aircraft or other UAVs. Small UAVs impose many different constraints, such as flying close to the ground and limited size, weight and power (SWAP) for system components and on-board processing. Therefore, obstacle avoidance sensors and signal processing hardware must be compact, lightweight, and moderate to low cost. CTI proposes to design and develop a novel eyesafe, compact, lightweight, scaleable, dynamically configurable 3D camera for UAV obstacle avoidance with near even trades between field of view (FOV), frame-rates, range-resolution, and range-search interval. This flexible approach allows a single device to be reconfigured "on the fly" for a wide variety of military and commercial applications. The proposed sensor will be capable of providing approximately 200 25 cm range resolution elements over 5 degree field of view with 500 mrad angular resolution. Under the proposed Phase II program, CTI will design, build and demonstrate the breadboard sensor based on the Phase I concept and preliminary design. Field tests will be conducted in the lab and at the Table Mountain Antenna Field test site north of Boulder, CO. The proposed sensor will leverage CTI's extensive experience in developing flight qualified laser radar systems.

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