Plenoptic Camera Based Single Aperture Passive Rangefinder

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$599,999.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
M67854-09-C-6501
Award Id:
82470
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-002-1358
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6201 East Oltorf St., Suite 400, Austin, TX, 78741
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
100651798
Principal Investigator:
Byron Zollars
Chief Scientist
(512) 389-9990
bzollars@nanohmics.com
Business Contact:
Steve Savoy
Chief Scientist
(512) 389-9990
ssavoy@nanohmics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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 PlenoscopeT, 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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government