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Advanced Bio-inspired Imaging System with Multiple Optical Sensing Modes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-18-C-0066
Agency Tracking Number: F171-084-0986
Amount: $1,200,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF171-084
Solicitation Number: 17.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-08-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-08-02
Small Business Information
2130 East Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91107
United States
DUNS: 108540340
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Francis Reininger
 (626) 578-0626
Business Contact
 Ella Makarkina
Phone: (626) 578-0662
Research Institution

The U.S. Air Force has a need to develop a new class of advanced, wide field of view (WFOV) imaging system that can sample the radiation field in multiple modes, and with high dynamic range under low-light level viewing conditions. These multimodal systems can be deployed on high altitude drones to enhance their intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. They can also be used on seekers to enhance situational awareness and target identification in cluttered urban environments. Low-light viewing can support troops that are imaging inside buildings and caves, and deep beneath forest canopies without giving themselves away by artificial illumination. The Spectral Imaging Laboratory (SPILAB) proposes the development of a bio-inspired, 9 Mode Artificial Compound Eye (ACE) imaging system operating in the short wavelength infrared (SWIR). The 9 Mode ACE will have a factor of 9 increased dynamic range over conventional SWIR cameras, and it will be able to select between a combination of color filter bands and polarizers to optimize target contrast in a variety of viewing conditions.

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