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Hypersonic Real-Time Digital Holography Pipeline

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-21-C-0637
Agency Tracking Number: N211-093-0421
Amount: $239,491.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N211-093
Solicitation Number: 21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-07-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-10-11
Small Business Information
4900 Lang Avenue NE, Suite 100
Albuquerque, NM 87109-9708
United States
DUNS: 794350025
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jason Schmidt
 (937) 684-4100
Business Contact
 Robert Praus
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Research Institution

Hypersonic air vehicles are being developed for a variety of military applications because of their global reach and rapid response ability. EO/IR sensors on these platforms need to provide high-quality imagery to support these missions. Similarly, laser directed energy (DE) systems need to stabilize the beam and compensate for wavefront aberrations at high frame rates. When looking through optical windows in hypersonic flight, these sensors will be looking through shocks, inviscid flow features, turbulent boundary layers, aero-heated windows, and window deformations due to aerodynamic loading. When imaging targets at long distance, atmosphere turbulence, scattering, and refractive propagation will further degrade sensor imaging. Digital holography (DH) is a rapidly emerging technology that can meet requirements for wavefront sensing on hypersonic platforms in a practical way. At the same time, machine learning techniques have merged for wavefront sensing in many applications. MZA Associates Corporation proposes to design an appropriate DH system for wavefront sensing, augment its processing with machine learning, and devise a computational processing pipeline that meets the required system bandwidth.

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