Ultra-Compact Doppler LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) for Unmanned Aerial/Ground Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-06-C-0064
Agency Tracking Number: A032-1460
Amount: $727,873.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-048
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
510 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA, 20170
DUNS: 107940207
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Torruellas
 (703) 471-7671
Business Contact
 Jim Phillips
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (703) 471-7671
Email: jphillips@fibertek.com
Research Institution
Coherent Laser Radar is becoming a versatile remote sensing tool. It is applied to a wide variety of situations ranging from atmospheric monitoring of wind and aerosols to vibrometric monitoring of remote objects.[1] A compact, low weight system is however required to break into most of the applications relevant to DoD, such as wind-shear detection in unmanned vehicles, detection of chemical and biological aerosols in both ground and airbase platforms and vibrometry of remotely located objects. We propose here a series of technological implementations and a path towards a very compact lidar system allowing for the monitoring of winds in the 1550nm eye-safe region at ranges of several kilometers. We also show that the proposed system is capable of measuring winds in a wide range of atmospheric conditions. The proposed system is very versatile since it will also have the ability to perform coherent molecular DIAL measurements and DISC measurements of Biological compounds. In this Phase II SBIR, we will focus our efforts in demonstrating the ability of monitoring winds at ranges of several kilometers with technologies allowing for compact, rugged and durable Lidar systems.

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