Low-cost Imager for Heavily Degraded Visual Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-18-P-0005
Agency Tracking Number: A181-040-0334
Amount: $99,938.77
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A18-040
Solicitation Number: 2018.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-01-14
Small Business Information
51 East Main Street, Newark, DE, 19711
DUNS: 805473951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Schuetz
 (302) 456-9003
 schuetz@phasesensitiveinc.om
Business Contact
 Renee' Willis-Williams
Phone: (302) 456-9003
Email: willis-williams@phasesensitiveinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This project aims to develop a low-cost millimeter-wave (mmW) imaging system for ground vehicles, to operate in combination with a long-wave infrared (LWIR) camera. Such a system will mitigate the challenges of driving in degraded visual environments (DVE) including night time, fog, dust, or smoke by providing real-time image of the vehicle surrounding independent from the presence of naturally occurring or man-made visual obscurants. The combination of mmW and LWIR imaging modalities enables both the detection of objects at a long range through the use of the penetrating millimeter waves and the high acuity through the use of LWIR. The operation of the mmW system is based on discrete sampling of the naturally occurring thermal mmW radiation emanating from the scene with an array of antennas, spatially coherent up-conversion of the received signals to optical domain, and analog optical processing to reconstruct the mmW image. In addition to passive imaging, active illumination mode enables detecting the distance to objects in the scene.

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