Ultra-Fast Fiber Optic Fish Net Sensor System for Target Hit-Point Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-09-C-0116
Agency Tracking Number: B083-008-0122
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-008
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
2363 Calle Del Mundo, Santa Clara, CA, 95054
DUNS: 877452664
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Behzad Moslehi
 (408) 565-9004
Business Contact
 Behzad Moslehi
Title: CEO/CTO
Phone: (408) 565-9000
Email: bm@ifos.com
Research Institution
In order to address MDA’s need for highly integrated instrumentation both on and off-board targets that can be used to determine position and attributes of hit and misses for kinetic and/or directed energy weapons the IFOS team proposes using a fiber optic “fish net” with Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors as a hit grid for embedding in a target missile body to determine the hit point. In Phase I, IFOS will demonstrate feasibility by constructing and testing a proof-of-principal model based on a high speed/high resolution FBG interrogator and develop advanced signal processing algorithms to identify the hit point in a test coupon with an embedded array of FBGs. The proposed innovation is the miniaturized hit grid package including sensors and interrogator with PC/104 form factor based on all-fiber-optic sensing system replacing the existing electrical sensors/cabling and reducing the system weight, cost, size, footprint while improving performance and reliability. The hit grid package also contains an integrated, high-efficiency telemetry transmitter capable of being programmed to operate in either upper or lower S-band, or L-band to address potential bandwidth and link margin issues due to high bit rates in the vicinity of 20 Mbps.

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