Helmet Mounted Image Source/Display for Tactical Air Combat Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-C-6626
Agency Tracking Number: F051-060-3067
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-060
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
DISPLAYTECH, INC.
2602 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont, CO, 80503
DUNS: 151045382
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Handschy
 Chief Scientist
 (303) 774-2213
 handschy@displaytech.com
Business Contact
 Mark Handschy
Title: Chief Scientist
Phone: (303) 774-2213
Email: handschy@displaytech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Current helmet mounted display (HMD) image sources are CRT-based and suffer from multiple issues, including weight, safety and cost resulting from drive electronics and high voltage disconnect, and packaging. Currently available emissive and transmissive miniature flat panel displays do not provide a satisfactory alternative to the CRT image source; they suffer from one or more low brightness and low resolution. Current reflective LCOS display technology is unsatisfactory for HMD applications because complex and bulky illumination optics weight, packaging, and performance problems. We propose to solve these problems and make reflective LCOS displays attractive for HMD applications by developing novel illumination techniques. The techniques will lead to a high brightness, compact, lightweight image source. We will work with a leading avionics supplier to integrate the novel image source into a HMD and helmet, thus demonstrating the ability of the image source to provide a HMD with characteristics far superior to existing systems.

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