Spectrally and Spatially Foveated Multi/Hyperspectral Camera

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-09-C-0148
Agency Tracking Number: A082-054-1208
Amount: $729,984.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-054
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
Kent Optronics, Inc
40 Corporate Park Drive, Hopewell Junction, NY, 12533
DUNS: 129457037
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Le Li
 CEO
 (845) 897-0138
 leli@kentoptronics.com
Business Contact
 Le Li
Title: CEO
Phone: (845) 897-0138
Email: leli@kentoptronics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR Phase II proposal is to develop a prototype spectrally and spatially foveated sensor (SSFS) in the visible to near infrared (VNIR) (400-900 nm) for multispectral/hyperspectral (MS/HS) imaging. The sensor leverages on Kent Optronics pixilated variable bandwidth tunable filter (P-VBTuF) and NOVA Sensors’ variable acuity superpixel imager (VASI) FPA, where the former is for spectral foveation while the later for spatial foveation. The SSFS features the highest spatial and spectral resolution near the “center of attention” (COA), with a radially-symmetric spatial and spectral resolution diminishing radially out from the COA over a wide field-of-view (2 sterodiam). One such sensor serves for both wide area awareness surveillance and narrow FOV details detection. The proposed SSFS imager is regarded as the candidate and will bring immediately the following benefits (refer to Table 1 for more details). • 1,000X data volume reduction • 400X bandwidth reduction within 54MHz bandwidth of 802.11g link • 100’sX reduction in data processing time • Light-weigh of only 15 lb; • Compact size of 512 • Low cost, and • Significant operational cost saving.

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