Plenoptic Camera Based Single Aperture Passive Rangefinder

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-09-C-6501
Agency Tracking Number: N071-002-1358
Amount: $749,996.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-002
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
6201 East Oltorf St., Suite 400, Austin, TX, 78741
DUNS: 100651798
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Byron Zollars
 Chief Scientist
 (512) 389-9990
Business Contact
 Steve Savoy
Title: Chief Scientist
Phone: (512) 389-9990
Research Institution
Presently the Marines use a wide range of handheld, head mounted, and weapons-mountable optical systems. These devices serve many functions; from visible and night vision imaging to target designation and ranging. Optical rangefinders employed by the Marines mostly utilize active laser sources. However, increasing use of warning receivers and electro-optical devices capable of detecting these laser rangefinders could put friendly forces at risk and/or allow the enemy enough time to egress or otherwise avoid direct fire. A passive range-finding instrument is desired which will provide a means for the Marine to utilize a single integrated optical device to perform multiple optical tasks – imaging, targeting, and range-finding. Nanohmics proposes to develop an electro-optical imaging device capable of determining the range to objects in a scene without the use of active emitters or multiple apertures. Called the Plenoscope™, the device provides range information by measuring the differential parallax of a scene from multiple locations within the optical aperture. The Plenoscope can be adapted to visible imaging devices as well as infrared focal plane arrays, and is compatible with riflescopes, spotting scopes, and weapons fire-control systems. The result is an effective, inexpensive, usable, rugged, and maintainable optical system for the Marine.

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