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Instant k-Space Tomography for Spatial-Spectral Monitoring

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-17-C-0234
Agency Tracking Number: F17A-013-0098
Amount: $149,670.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17A-T013
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-08-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-05-02
Small Business Information
51 East Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
United States
DUNS: 805473951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Schuetz
 (302) 456-9003
Business Contact
 Renee' Willis-Williams
Phone: (302) 456-9003
Research Institution
 University of Delaware
 Dennis Prather, PhD
 (302) 831-2136
 Nonprofit College or University

The Army is frequently forced to operate in hostile climates. Heavy fog, rain, snow, and dust storms can inhibit the performance of tracking technologies such as mid-wave infrared cameras. In such conditions, Army early warning systems are blinded and put personnel and assets at risk. There is a specific need for a degraded visual environment (DVE) penetrative target tracking solution. Radio frequency (RF) sensors are favored for these applications as they can penetrate DVE with minimal attenuation. Unfortunately, these technologies have yet to mature into a low-cost, portable solution. Phase Sensitive Innovations (PSI) has a wealth of experience developing see-through, all weather, RF technologies. Focusing on the millimeter-wave spectrum, leveraging low cost automotive RADAR components, PSI has developed RF technologies capable of video-rate imaging through DVE. PSI will leverage this expertise to develop a low cost, portable, active mmW solution for target identification and tracking in DVE. The proposed receiver can be integrated on the side of a mobile platform utilizing the full width of the vehicle to enhance resolution. During Phase I, we will design, simulate, and optimize a frequency swept, distributed aperture, optically addressed RADAR transceiver. In the Phase II effort we will prototype and test the system.

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