Coded Pixel LADAR: A Novel Approach to Low SWaP, Non-Mechanical micro-LADAR

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-10-M-0235
Agency Tracking Number: F093-102-0134
Amount: $99,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-102
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 2607, Winnetka, CA, 91396
DUNS: 082191198
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Triscari
 Senior Scientist
 (520) 770-6028
Business Contact
 David Kane
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: (520) 770-6099
Research Institution
Arete proposes to develop an innovative approach to micro-LADAR that requires low SWaP and is completely non-mechanical. Arete will use coded illumination in an entirely novel way to create a system that is suitable for both reconnaissance and sense-and-avoid on small UAVs. Arete will be bring its substantial experience with the proposed technologies to bear on this problem. Arete will develop a benchtop demonstrator in Phase I using capital equipment and produce a design for a scalable Phase II prototype. BENEFIT: The Arete approach is completely different from any approach currently being attempted in LADAR. This solution has the potential of revolutionizing LADAR for UAVs and interceptors. Arete also believes that the technology would serve well in commercial applications. An inexpensive instrument that can quickly generate 3D scene data at real-time frame rates would be a popular device in the entertainment industry to support 3D model generation. In addition, micro-LADAR could find a market in commercial surveying application (e.g., remotely identify topography for commercial engineering of land development).

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