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A Compact Fabry Perot Etalon for use in an LWIR HSI Payload for Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-21-P-0336
Agency Tracking Number: FX203-CSO1-0587
Amount: $49,977.80
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF203-CSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.3
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-02-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-05-08
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jay Giblin
 (978) 738-8209
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution

Physical Science Inc. (PSI) will miniaturize our existing, commercially available, tunable filter module (TFM) technology to enable its integration with emerging long wave infrared (LWIR) hyperspectral imaging (HSI) payloads that are compatible with Common Launch Tube deployed small-unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS). The proposed TFM, coupled with a small, inexpensive microbolometer, will enable staring-mode operation without the need for cooperative motion of the SUAS. The innovative approach is spectrally agile, enabling the acquisition of predefined wavelengths that have been strategically selected to match the spectral content for targets of interest. The spectral resolution of the proposed interferometric solution is independent of the size of the TFM and provides an opportunity to achieve high spectral resolution in a compact size. The basis of the proposed TFM technology stems from PSI’s patented Adaptive Infrared Imaging Spectroradiometer (AIRIS™, US Patent 5,461,477). Air Force stakeholders that stand to benefit from the proposed technology include the Tactical Off Board Sensing (TOBS) and Predator/Reaper Off-Board Sensing & Integrated Targeting (PROSIT) programs. The proposed technology is directly related to the C-SWaP EO/IR ISR Sensor Technology 20.3 Missions Focus Area. The Phase I program will demonstrate feasibility of a compact TFM design through assembly and successful wavelength tuning.

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