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High Speed Sensor Model: Aero-Optical Prediction Tool (AerOPT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-19-P-0104
Agency Tracking Number: F191-086-1092
Amount: $149,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF191-086
Solicitation Number: 19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-28
Small Business Information
2904 Westcorp Blvd Suite 210
Huntsville, AL 35805
United States
DUNS: 832864370
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Greg A Finney
 Lead, Optics Innovation Cell
 (256) 319-2026
Business Contact
 Billy Todd
Phone: (256) 319-2026
Research Institution

AFRL has identified the need for a tool to model the environmental effects on RF and EO/IR seekers in high speed munitions. These effects include scattering, absorption, and turbulence due to the atmosphere; turbulence and boresight error induced by the aerodynamic flow around the weapon, heating and deformation of the seeker window; and smearing of the scene due to jitter and net motion. IERUS has developed our Aero-Optical Prediction Tool (AerOPT) to model these effects. AerOPT also contains an empirical sensor model that can assess the impacts of optical aberrations, diffraction, and various noise sources. IERUS has developed a commercially licensed, high-fidelity computational electromagnetics solver, V-Lox. V-Lox supports rigorous modeling of in situ antennas, radomes, frequency selective surfaces, complex materials, and many other RF effects. We have developed tools for RF propagation through various weather conditions in support of radar operations. Furthermore, IERUS has developed a RF link model applicable to natural and perturbed ionosphere/magnetosphere environments. During Phase 1, IERUS will demonstrate AerOPT and our RF tools on a scene and high-speed seeker. After demonstrating our engineering tools, we will establish a plan for maturing these tools to production quality code comparable to our commercial product, V-Lox.

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