A Stereoscopic Laser-Scanner for Measuring Velocity, Pitch, and Yaw of Hypervelocity Projectiles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-08-C-0026
Agency Tracking Number: F061-300-0062
Amount: $749,957.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-300
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
2572 White Road, Irvine, CA, 92614
DUNS: 188465819
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Drew L'Esperance
 Senior Scientist
 (949) 553-0688
Business Contact
 Cecil Hess
Title: President
Phone: (949) 553-0688
Email: cecilh@metrolaserinc.com
Research Institution
We propose to develop a Stereoscopic Laser Scanner for measuring the pitch, yaw, position, and velocity of projectiles in aeroballistic test ranges. The scanner uses a digital streak camera to track an object moving through a pair of laser sheets projected by two continuous wave lasers. The scanner is modular with compact components for easy mounting at multiple locations along the test range. It features digital imaging and automated data reduction software that calculates desired parameters immediately after the test. The scanner can be configured in either direct light or shadowgraph mode. The scanning method is similar to synchroballistic streak photography, and utilizes newly developed digital streak cameras and rugged diode-pumped solid-state lasers. The projectile tracking software that we will deliver has successfully been deployed at other test ranges. In Phase I, we demonstrated the feasibility of the scanning concept by building a breadboard scanner and simulating projectile movement, and identified the components needed for a high-speed system. In Phase II, we will build a prototype system capable of tracking a hypervelocity projectile, and install it in the AEDC Range G.

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