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Freeform Optics for Small Arms Fire Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-20-P-0021
Agency Tracking Number: A19B-001-0001
Amount: $172,959.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A19B-T001
Solicitation Number: 19.B
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-03-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-01
Small Business Information
120 Knowles Dr.
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States
DUNS: 119301831
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Tim Edwards
 Program Manager
 (408) 560-3500
 t.edwards@saphotonics.com
Business Contact
 David Cushman
Phone: (408) 560-3500
Email: d.cushman@saphotonics.com
Research Institution
 University of Rochester
 Dr. Jannick Rolland Dr. Jannick Rolland
 
480 Intercampus Drive
Rochester, NY 14627
United States

 (585) 276-4562
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

Traditional spherical optics implemented on a common optical axis are the foundation of today’s fielded gunsights for small arms fire control. SA Photonics has helped pioneer the application of precision injection molded freeform optical surfaces in head/helmet mounted display (HMD) systems for augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and low light level sensor applications. SA Photonics teamed with the University of Rochester and Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO) will explore application of reflective and transmissive freeform optics to transform the traditional gunsight optics for small arms fire control systems. This project will explore the current processes and materials for 3D printing of freeform optical surfaces to evaluate whether they can be applied to prototyping of the freeform gunsight designs developed during this project. Designs will explore application of freeform surfaces into the objective system, erecting system and eyepiece system with goals of reduced complexity, size and weight, improved image resolution and wider spectral bandwidth.

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