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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,957.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9101-08-C-0026
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-300-0062
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-300
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
METROLASER, INC.
2572 White Road, Irvine, CA, 92614
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
188465819
Principal Investigator:
Drew L'Esperance
Senior Scientist
(949) 553-0688
jtrolinger@metrolaserinc.com
Business Contact:
Cecil Hess
President
(949) 553-0688
cecilh@metrolaserinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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